Blue Clay People: Seasons on Africa's Fragile Edge

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Dec 1, 2008 - Social Science - 304 pages
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"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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BLUE CLAY PEOPLE: Seasons on Africa's Fragile Edge

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Relief-worker Powers recalls trying to do good on the international aid front in Liberia.In 1999, the Catholic Relief Services sent the author to Liberia to direct their multimillion-dollar portfolio ... Read full review

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User Review  - M. Lehman - Borders

Blue Clay People: Seasons on Africa's Fragile Edge. This book is a compelling current events memoir about Liberia. Mr. Power's strives towards understanding not just contemporary Liberia, but West ... Read full review



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William Powers directed food distribution, agriculture, and education programs for the largest non-governmental relief group in Liberia. His commentaries on international affairs have appeared in the New York Times and on National Public Radio.

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