Africa, Paperback book

Africa: Dispatches From A Fragile Continent[Paperback]

by Blaine Harden

5.00 out of 5 (1 ratings)

HarperCollins Publishers 
Publication Date:
19 November 1992 
Regional & National History 


A remarkable and controversial book about the reality of modern Africa by distinguished American reporter, Blaine Harden. This remarkable book is the first to get behind the picture post-card presentation of modern Africa. harden reveals the true and often unsightly picture of this vast continent. The issues he addresses - the incompetent intervention of Western governments and the battle between the tribal way of life and modernity - are presented through lucid and gripping stories about individual people and incidents Harden has known. He himself was once thrown out of Kenya for the strength and accuracy of his reporting; this book will cause and equal stir in the debate about where Africa is going and what itis becoming.

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  • Blaine Harden's book usefully lets Africans talk about Africa with a central theme being the manipulation of religious and tribal differences (and foreign aid) to construct the shaky platforms from which African Big Men dominate their countries.However, it doesn't have to be this way. He shows the functioning democracy of Botswana with it's respect for the law and equal opportunity and the basic forcing of the right to free speech by the Nigerian people on their successive governments (even if the economy remains a shambles).This is a really great book about Africa.

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