The Wizard Of The Nile

The Hunt For Joseph Kony

Matthew Green

Published: 1 January 2009
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 352 pages
ISBN: 9781846270314


Somewhere in the jungles of Uganda, there hides a fugitive rebel leader: he is said to take his orders directly from the spirit world and, together with his ragged army of brutalized child soldiers, he has left a bloody trail of devastation across his country. Joseph Kony is now an internationally wanted criminal, and yet nobody really knows who he is or what he is fighting for. Intrigued by the myths, Matthew Green heads off into a war zone, meeting the victims, the peacemakers and the regional powerbrokers as he tracks down the man himself. The Wizard of the Nile is the first book to peel back the layers of mysticism and murky politics surrounding Kony, to shine a searching light onto this forgotten conflict, and to tell the gripping human story behind an inhumane war and a humanitarian crisis.

About the author

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MATTHEW GREEN has spent the past 14 years working as a correspondent for the Financial Times and Reuters and has reported from more than 30 countries, including Iraq and Afghanistan. After studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University, he began his career with Reuters, working in east and west Africa and in Iraq, where he was embedded with US Marines during the invasion in 2003. He later joined the Financial Times, working in Nigeria and then Pakistan and Afghanistan, where he spent time with US forces deployed to Helmand and Kandahar provinces in the Obama administration's troop surge. Green is now based in London and appears regularly as a commentator on the BBC News Channel and World Service radio, and writes for publications including Monocle magazine and the Literary Review. His first book was The Wizard of the Nile: The Hunt for Joseph Kony, which won a Jerwood Award from the Royal Society of Literature and was long-listed for the Orwell Prize. More about the author


‘A fine, brave book that recalls the vivid reportage of Ryszard Kapuscinski or Nick Danziger, and illuminates a rarely understood part of the world, and even less fathomable extremes of human mendacity’



‘A penetrating insight into the heart of one of the worst conflicts in the world’ Jon Snow

‘Green is particularly good on the conflict's moral ambiguity and the role played by the international community ... This is as good an account of Uganda's post-Idi Amin instability as there is’ Tim Butcher

‘Green leads the reader into another world - of myth and magic, faith and superstition - as he tries to understand his quarry ... a remarkable tale, vividly told’ Michael Holman

‘Takes us closer to understanding the inhumane horror of one madman's war’ Bob Geldof

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