Africa: Altered States, Ordinary Miracles

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PublicAffairs, Mar 9, 2010 - History - 592 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. It takes a guide as observant, experienced, and patient as Richard Dowden to reveal its truths. Dowden combines a novelist’s gift for atmosphere with the scholar’s grasp of historical change as he 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. Dowden’s master work is an attempt to explain why Africa is the way it is, and enables its readers to see and understand this miraculous continent as a place of inspiration and tremendous humanity.
 

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User Review  - danoomistmatiste - LibraryThing

One of the better books on Africa. Very well researched and written with profiles of countries and rulers of a selected few countries starting from the period of their independence from their colonial ... Read full review

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User Review  - mnicol - LibraryThing

A readable book, with interesting analogies and insights, some imaginary Afrikaans spelling and the odd dodgy generalisation. A very upbeat intro and epilogue sandwich some of the most depressing ... Read full review

Contents

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Epilogue
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Further reading
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Index
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RICHARD DOWDEN
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About the author (2010)

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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