A Continent for the Taking: The Tragedy and Hope of Africa
In A Continent for the Taking Howard W. French, a veteran correspondent for The New York Times, gives a compelling firsthand account of some of Africa’s most devastating recent history–from the fall of Mobutu Sese Seko, to Charles Taylor’s arrival in Monrovia, to the genocide in Rwanda and the Congo that left millions dead. Blending eyewitness reportage with rich historical insight, French searches deeply into the causes of today’s events, illuminating the debilitating legacy of colonization and the abiding hypocrisy and inhumanity of both Western and African political leaders.
While he captures the tragedies that have repeatedly befallen Africa’s peoples, French also opens our eyes to the immense possibility that lies in Africa’s complexity, diversity, and myriad cultural strengths. The culmination of twenty-five years of passionate exploration and understanding, this is a powerful and ultimately hopeful book about a fascinating and misunderstood continent.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Review: A Continent for the Taking: The Tragedy and Hope of AfricaUser Review - Sandy J - Goodreads
Despite the horror and devastation described in this book, French always finds cause for hope in democracy movements and brave outspoken individuals. His insights into power dynamics, politics and ... Read full review
Review: A Continent for the Taking: The Tragedy and Hope of AfricaUser Review - Lump - Goodreads
The content was great - the problems of Africa, as deep rooted as they are and frustrating and discouraging as they can be, tend to be something we (in the "Western World") tend to look away from. Not ... Read full review
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