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The shackled continent : power, corruption, and African lives

Author: Robert Guest
Publisher: Washington [D.C.] : Smithsonian Books, [2010]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A former Africa editor for The Economist, Robert Guest addresses the troubled continent's thorniest problems: war, AIDS, and above all, poverty. Newly updated with a preface that considers political and economic developments of the past six years, The Shackled Continentis engrossing, highly readable, and as entertaining as it is tragic. Guest pulls the veil off the corruption and intrigue that cripple so many  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Guest
ISBN: 9781588343116 1588343111 1299577709 9781299577701
OCLC Number: 701034251
Description: 1 online resource (246 pages) : 1 map
Contents: Introduction: Why Is Africa So Poor? --
The Vampire State --
Digging Diamonds, Digging Graves --
No Title --
Sex and Death --
The Son of a Snake is a Snake --
Fair Aid, Free Trade --
Of Potholes and Grasping Gendarmes --
Wiring the Wilderness --
Beyond the Rainbow Nation --
Conclusion: One Step at a Time.
Responsibility: Robert Guest.

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A former Africa editor for The Economist, Robert Guest addresses the troubled continent's thorniest problems: war, AIDS, and above all, poverty. Newly updated with a preface that considers political and economic developments of the past six years, The Shackled Continentis engrossing, highly readable, and as entertaining as it is tragic. Guest pulls the veil off the corruption and intrigue that cripple so many African nations, posing a provocative theory that Africans have been impoverished largely by their own leaders' abuses of power. From the minefields of Angola to the barren wheat fields of Zimbabwe, Guest gathers startling evidence of the misery African leaders have inflicted on their people. But he finds elusive success stories and examples of the resilience and resourcefulness of individual Africans, too; from these, he draws hope that the continent will eventually prosper. Guest offers choices both commonsense and controversial for Africans and for those in the West who wish Africa well.

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