Published: September 2005
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In Learn More the National Geographic magazine team shares some of its best sources and other information to expand your knowledge of our featured subjects. Special thanks to the Research Division.

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Mark, Joan.The King of the World in the Land of the Pygmies. University of Nebraska, 1995.

Nzongola-Ntalaja, Georges. The Congo From Leopold to Kabila: A People's History. Zed Books, 2002.

Salopek, Paul. "Torrents of Civil War Pound Ravaged Congo." Chicago Tribune, December 10, 2000.

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Wrong, Michela. In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz. Harper Collins, 2001.

NGS Resources

Salak, Kira. "Darkness in Congo: Fear and Heroism in the Land of the Mountain Gorilla." National Geographic Adventure (December 2003/January 2004), 34-40, 85-93.

Quammen, David. "Jane in the Forest Again." National Geographic (April 2003), 90-103.

Fraser, Sean. African Adventure Atlas. National Geographic Books, 2003.

Cockburn, Andrew. "Diamonds: The Real Story." National Geographic (March 2002), 2-35.

Quammen, David. "End of the Line: Megatransect, Part III." National Geographic (August 2001), 74-103.

Quammen, David. "The Green Abyss: Megatransect, Part II." National Geographic (March 2001), 2-37.

Godwin, Peter. "Bushmen: Last Stand for Southern Africa's First People." National Geographic (February 2001), 97-113.

Quammen, David. "Megatransect: Across 1,200 Miles of Untamed Africa on Foot."
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Bailey, Robert C. "The Efe: Archers of the African Rain Forest." National Geographic (November 1989), 664-86.

Putnam, Anne Eisner. "My Life With Africa's Little People." National Geographic (February 1960), 278-302.

Lloyd, Albert B. "Lloyd's Journey Across the Great Pygmy Forest." National Geographic (January 1899), 26-30.