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Joseph Kony’s War In Central Africa

Chat with David Axe about his new book. Hosted by Zack Beauchamp.

Combining first-hand reporting with in-depth research, a stark work of graphic journalism depicting the murderous rise of Joseph Kony

It started with a visit from spirits. In 1991, Joseph Kony, the leader of a Ugandan rebel group known as the Lord’s Resistance Army, claimed that spiritual beings had come to him, instructing him to lead brutal raids against civilians supporting the Ugandan government. In the decades since, wars have been waged to supplant him, yet for all the horror and condemnation his brutality has aroused around the world, Joseph Kony still survives.

In Army of God, war correspondent David Axe collaborates with illustrator Tim Hamilton to create the first-ever graphic account of a conflict that has become a global phenomenon. The controversial Kony2012 campaign and documentaries have already spilled out of social media and into high school and college campuses, raising awareness among a broad audience. Army of God tells the rest of the story, from the chaos Kony has left behind to the long campaign to defeat him for good.

David Axe is a freelance reporter based in Columbia, South Carolina. Since 2005 he has reported from Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Somalia, Chad, Congo and other conflict zones, for Wired, the BBC, Salon, Esquire, C-SPAN, Voice of America and many others. David is the author of several graphic novels, including War Fix, War is Boring, and The Accidental Candidate: The Rise and Fall of Alvin Greene. Tim Hamilton is a Brooklyn artist who has produced illustrations for the New York Times, Cicada Magazine, DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Mad magazine, Nickelodeon magazine and Lifetime. He adapted Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 into a graphic novel, which was nominated for an Eisner award. (Public Affairs Books)