The civil war in 1989 promised freedom from ten years of vicious dictatorship; instead the seeds of Liberia's devastation were sown. Mark Huband's account of the conflict is a portrayal of the war as it unfolded, drawing on the author's experience of living amongst the fighters.
"As the book progresses, the memoir predominates over the history and makes for compelling, if horrifying reading … This, then, is a modern day Heart of Darkness".
TLS "When a full assessment comes to be written of the political and human disasters that have befallen Liberia and Sierra Leone in this decade, this account by Mark Huband will be one of the basic texts……its stark descriptions do much to elucidate a tragedy that will last a generation".
Interview with Mark Huband in African Centre Book Review
"..thank you for taking the risk on a book with such limited appeal.."
INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS - reviewed by Adekeye Adebajo, St Anthony"s College, Uni of Oxford
"The book by Mark Huband , a British journalist with the Financial Times, is therefore important in helping to focus attention on civil wars that are often ignored by the Western media. The book is elegantly written and the author has an eye for detail and a gift for vivid description, especially when describing the mundane brutality of the civil war and his encounters with thre Liberian warlords: Charles Taylor, Prince Johnson and Alhaji Kromath".
Africa World Review, Feb--July 2000
"Compelling reading. Those interested in the history of the NPFL and the intrigues by rival dissidents to outsmart each other during the war should definitely read this informative piece of work.