The Shackled Continent : Africa's Past, Present and Future, Paperback

The Shackled Continent : Africa's Past, Present and Future Paperback

2.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


Africa is the only continent to have grown poorer over the past three decades.

Why? Robert Guest's fascinating book seeks to diagnose the sickness that continues to hobble Africa's development.

Using reportage, first-hand experience and economic insight, Robert Guest takes us to the roots of the problems.

Two fifths of African nations are at war, AIDS has lowered life expectancy to as young as forty and investment is almost impossible as houses that could be used as collateral do not formally belong to their owners.

Most shocking of all is the evidence that the billions of dollars of aid, given to Africa has had little perceptible effect on the poor. "The Shackled Continent" offers insightful, and occasionally controversial, explanations for this state of affairs.

In this magnificent and engaging book, Robert Guest provides an invigorating history and an inspired commentary on the enigma of modern Africa and this paperback edition includes a new chapter. 'I doubt whether there is a better brief introduction to the travails of modern Africa and their causes.' - Anthony Daniels, "Sunday Telegraph". 'He is a lively and observant reporter who can describe, in a breezy no-nonsense style, the horrors and miseries of Africans in the interior...The reader can learn much from this lively and outspoken book.' - Anthony Sampson, "Guardian".


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288 pages, 1 map
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: African history
  • ISBN: 9780330419727



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The basic diagnosis is correct: Africa has been betrayed and failed by its leaders. But Guest's "solutions" are trite and typical of the West's dominant worldview: economic growth, free trade and globalisation are good. And should they be simply applied in Africa, all will be solved.

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