Africa: Altered States, Ordinary Miracles

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PublicAffairs, 2008 - History - 576 pages
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After a lifetime’s close observation of the continent, one of the world’s finest Africa correspondents has penned a landmark book on life and death in modern Africa. In captivating prose, Dowden spins tales of cults and commerce in Senegal and traditional spirituality in Sierra Leone; analyzes the impact of oil and the internet on Nigeria and aid on Sudan; and examines what has gone so badly wrong in Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Burundi, and the Congo. From the individual stories of failure and success comes a surprising portrait of a new Africa emerging—an Africa that, Dowden argues, can only be developed by its own people. Dowden’s master work is an attempt to explain why Africa is the way it is and calls for a re-examination of the perception of Africa as “the dark continent.” He reveals it as a place of inspiration and tremendous humanity.
  

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User Review  - Lisa - Goodreads

It is interesting, but it does rely a lot on his own personal experiences rather than being a more of a solid research-based book. He also tends to make the mistake that lots of Westerners do, of ... Read full review

Review: Africa: Altered States, Ordinary Miracles

User Review  - Jeff Uren - Goodreads

A bit quick through the different areas of African conflict, whether medical, violent or political. Probably a good start for anyone with a passing interest in Africa, its history and a bit about its current state. The writer chose his locations and topics very well and it makes for a great read. Read full review

Contents

Images and realities
1
Uganda I
11
Uganda II
38
New states old societies
51
Amazing but is it Africa? Somalia
90
Zimbabwe
127
Sudan
158
Angola
199
AIDS in Africa
321
Congo
353
South Africa
380
Eating in Kenya
415
Nigeria
439
New colonists or old friends? Asia in Africa
484
The new Africa
509
Epilogue
543

Burundi and Rwanda
223
Senegal
255
Sierra Leone
284
Further Reading
551
Index
554
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About the author (2008)

Richard Dowden is director of the Royal African Society. He spent a decade as Africa Editor of the Independent, and then another decade as Africa Editor of the Economist. He has made three television documentaries on Africa, for the BBC and Channel 4.

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