Blue Clay People: Seasons on Africa's Fragile Edge (Google eBook)
"A haunting account of one man's determination and the struggles of a people living in a deeply troubled country."-Booklist
When William Powers went to Liberia as a fresh-faced aid worker in 1999, he was given the mandate to "fight poverty and save the rainforest." It wasn't long before Powers saw how many obstacles lay in the way, discovering first-hand how Liberia has become a "black hole in the international system"-poor, environmentally looted, scarred by violence, and barely governed. Blue Clay People is an absorbing blend of humor, compassion, and rigorous moral questioning, arguing convincingly that the fate of endangered places such as Liberia must matter to all of us.
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Review: Blue Clay People: Seasons on Africa's Fragile EdgeUser Review - Mel Bel - Goodreads
If you want to learn about Liberian culture from the expat perspective, this is dead on. It's thirteen years later and this book is still accurate. Read full review
Review: Blue Clay People: Seasons on Africa's Fragile EdgeUser Review - Roberta - Goodreads
Saving the world isn't all it's cracked up to be. Westerners head off with godd intentions and preconceived ideas and sometimes, somehow manage to do a little good along the way. This book is interesting and depressing by turns. I couldn't even imagine where to start in Liberia. Read full review
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