The Assassination of Lumumba

The Assassination of Lumumba

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Re-issue of a classic investigation into the CIA and Belgian state plot in the Congo.

The Assassination of Lumumba unravels the appalling mass of lies, hypocrisy and betrayals that have surrounded accounts of the 1961 assassination of Patrice Lumumba—the first prime minister of the Republic of Congo and a pioneer of African unity—since it perpetration. Making use of a huge array of official sources as well as personal testimony from many of those in the Congo at the time, Ludo De Witte reveals a network of complicity ranging from the Belgian government to the CIA. Patrice Lumumba’s personal strength and his quest for African unity emerges in stark contrast with one of the murkiest episodes in twentieth-century politics.

Reviews

  • De Witte has assembled a staggering amount of detail to support his allegations of direct government participation in Lumumba's murder.

    Washington Post Book World
  • De Witte has performed an important service in establishing the facts of Lumumba’s last days and Belgium’s responsibility for what happened.

    New York Review of Books
  • De Witte writes without stylish frills or narrative tricks, but this is a vivid and utterly compelling account of a nation strangled at birth by the West.

    Ronan BennettLos Angeles Times