Every person who is interested in learning more about Kinshasa should make it a point to get their hands on a copy of the book, “Kinshasa: Tales of the Invisible City” compiled by photographer Marie-Francoise Plissart and author Filip de Boeck.  These two individuals collected stories about Kinshasa and compiled them to weave together a story which tells about the history, culture, architecture and social nature of the city.  It is supplemented with photographs and commentary which teach readers all about the area.  The book is not currently in print but it is fairly easy to locate a used copy of it.  One place to do so is at Amazon.com ( http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/9055... ).

Amazon suggests that if you are interested in that book, you might also be interested in reading “Reinventing Order in the Congo: How People Respond to State Failure in Kinshasa” by Theodore Trefon.  This is more of a research-based book which draws conclusions about the effects of the political situation in the area.  It is excellent for travelers to read to understand the dynamics of the safety concerns which exist for the people of Kinshasa.  More about the book is available online at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1842... .

Travelers may be interested in reading any of the other books about the area listed at http://www.amazon.com/Reinventing-Ord... .