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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Review: Blue Clay People: Seasons on Africa's Fragile Edge

User Review  - Elaine Thompson - Goodreads

If ever anyone wanted to know why Aid does not work, this is the book to begin with. Seldom has cultural misunderstanding been more clearly documented. Condescending and horrifying in turns ( the ... Read full review

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At its best, painting a beautiful west african picture of both the country and the feeling of an outsider trying to take it all in. At its worst, preachy and lazy, letting words bluntly explain rather than characters and events. Made me miss west africa. 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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