Prendergast, John & Bafilemba, Fidel (Authors); Gosling, Ryan (Photographer); Eggers, Dave & Others. CONGO STORIES: BATTLING FIVE CENTURIES OF GREED AND EXPLOITATION. New York City, NY: Grand Central Publishing, 2018. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 335 pages. Fine/Fine.

Book-length account on subject. One of the most important books of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The book is very beautifully produced, with pristine-white cloth boards, numerous photographs of contemporary Congo by Ryan Gosling, the Hollywood actor and heartthrob, who (not only) lent his name to the project and whose images form an integral part of the book, and Contributions by Dave Eggers and others. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents John Prendergast's, Fidel Bafilemba's, and Ryan Gosling's "Congo Stories: Battling Five Centuries of Greed And Exploitation". Unmasks the sordid way in which the people and resources of the Democratic Republic of Congo were used to build, develop, advance, and safeguard the United States and Europe - and the unrepayable price the Congo has paid for that exploitation. Then, more hopefully, it shows the rapid and positive change taking place there: "The people of Congo are fighting back against a tidal wave of international exploitation and government oppression to make things better for their nation, their neighborhoods, and their families. They are risking their lives to resist and alter the deadly status quo. And now, finally, there are human rights movements led by young people in the United States and Europe building solidarity with Congolese change-makers in support of dignity, justice, and equality. Fidel Bafilemba, Ryan Gosling, and John Prendergast traveled to Congo to document some of the stories not only of the Congolese upstanders who are building a better future for their country, but also of young Congolese people overcoming enormous odds just to go to school and help take care of their families. Through Gosling's photographs of Congolese daily life, Bafilemba's profiles of heroic Congolese activists, and Prendergast's narratives of their extraordinary history and the evolving social movements, 'Congo Stories' provides windows into the history, the people, the challenges, the possibilities, and the movements that will change the course of Congo's destiny" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for John Prendergast, Fidel Bafilemba, and Ryan Gosling collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in black pen-marker on the half-title page by (from top to bottom) : John Prendergast, Fidel Bafilemba, Ryan Gosling, and Chouchou Namegabe. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Laid-in is a pristine copy of the Souvenir Announcement of the event during which their signatures were obtained. This title is a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only such multi-signed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies available online have serious flaws, are subsequent printings, or are remainder-marked. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with photographic plates. Some of the most brilliant writers, activists, and thinkers of our time. A fine collectible copy. . ISBN 1455584649. $150.00

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