184pp., paperback, New York, 2015
Justin Pearce examines the internal politics of the war that divided Angola for more than 25 years after independence.
"This book is exceptional because of the hundreds of interviews Justin Pearce conducted with peasants loyal to both warring parties. Moreover, he is unique because he does not show a scintilla of preference between the MPLA and UNITA. Furthermore, he covers an interesting interregnum between the end of the war in 2002 and today." Gerald Bender, Associate Professor Emeritus of International Relations, University of Southern California
"This is an exceptional book. Not only is this the finest study available on the politics of allegiance during the Angolan civil war, one of Africa's deadliest and longest, and also least understood: it is also a pivotal contribution to the study of conflict, nation building, and identity formation in the post-Cold War period." Ricardo Soares de Oliveira, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford
Justin Pearce is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge and an associate of St John's College.