Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja is a professor of African, African American, and diaspora studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and professor emeritus of African studies at Howard University. He is a past president of the African Studies Association and the author of The Congo from Leopold to Kabila: A People's History.
"Lumumba...was a pivotal player in the history of African
nationalism, in the same league as Mandela in terms of his
influence. Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja provides an excellent short
introduction to Lumumba's life and historical significance." --
David N. Gibbs, professor of history, University of Arizona
"The contribution [Nzongola-Ntalaja makes] to the literature of Patrice Lumumba, and the Congo, is ironically not concentrating on Lumumba's iconic Cold War death but instead placing his life and words into the proper cultural, economic, and historical context of Congolese history. ...I would highly recommend [Patrice Lumumba] for students in African or Congolese politics. ...[It challenges] us not to dwell on his death but breathe life into his words, because the questions Patrice Lumumba raised about self-determination then are still relevant for all of us today." -- Christopher Cook