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There was a country : a personal history of Biafra

Author: Chinua Achebe
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Achebe's long-awaited account of coming of age during the defining experience of his life: the Nigerian Civil War, also known as the Biafran War of 1967-1970.
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Personal narratives
Named Person: Chinua Achebe; Chinua Achebe; Chinua Achebe
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Chinua Achebe
ISBN: 9781594204821 1594204829
OCLC Number: 778827681
Description: 333 pages : maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Pioneers of a new frontier --
The magical years --
A primary exposure --
Leaving home --
The formative years at Umuahia and Ibadan --
Meeting Christie and her family --
Discovering Things fall apart --
A lucky generation --
The march to independence --
The cradle of Nigerian nationalism --
Post-independence Nigeria --
The decline --
The role of the writer in Africa --
1966 (poem) --
January 15, 1966, coup --
The dark days --
Benin road (poem) --
A history of ethnic tension and resentment --
The army --
Countercoup and assassination --
The pogroms --
Penalty of Godhead (poem) --
The Aburi Accord --
Generation gap (poem) --
The nightmare begins --
The Nigeria-Biafra war --
The triangle game : the UK, France, and the United States --
The writers and intellectuals --
The war and the Nigerian intellectual --
The life and work of Christopher Okigbo --
The major Nigerian actors in the conflict : Ojukwu and Gowon --
The first shot (poem) --
The Biafran invasion of the Mid-West --
Gowon regroups --
The Asaba massacre --
Biafran repercussions --
Blood, blood, everywhere --
The Calabar massacre --
Biafra, 1969 (poem) --
The Republic of Biafra --
The Biafran state --
Traveling on behalf of Biafra --
Refugee mother and child (A mother in a refugee camp) (poem) --
Life in Biafra --
The Abagana amabush --
Air raid (poem) --
The Citadel Press --
The Ifeajuna manuscript --
Staying alive --
Death of the poet : "Daddy, don't let him die!" --
Mango seedling (poem) --
Refugees --
We laughed at him (poem) --
The media war --
Narrow escapes --
Vultures (poem) --
The fight to the finish --
The economic blockade and starvation --
The silence of the United Nations --
Azikiwe withdraws support for Biafra --
The recapture of Owerri --
Biafra takes an old rig : "The Kwale incident" --
1970 and the fall --
The question of genocide --
The arguments --
The case against the Nigerian government --
Gowon responds --
Nigeria's painful transitions : a reappraisal --
Corruption and indiscipline --
State failure and the rise of terrorism --
State resuscitation and recovery --
After a war (poem) --
Postscript : The example of Nelson Mandela --
Appendix : Brigadier Banjo's broadcast to Mid-West.
Responsibility: Chinua Achebe.

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Achebe's long-awaited account of coming of age during the defining experience of his life: the Nigerian Civil War, also known as the Biafran War of 1967-1970.

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