The Fate of Africa: From the Hopes of Freedom to the Heart of Despair : a History of Fifty Years of Independence

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Public Affairs, 2005 - History - 752 pages
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"Today, Africa is spoken of only in pessimistic terms. The sum of its misfortunes - its wars, its despotisms, its corruption, its droughts - is truly daunting. No other area of the world arouses such a sense of foreboding. Few states have managed to escape the downward spiral: Botswana stands out as a unique example of an enduring multi-party democracy; South Africa, after narrowly avoiding revolution, has emerged in the post-apartheid era as a well-managed democratic state. But most African countries are effectively bankrupt, prone to civil strife, subject to dictatorial rule, weighted down by debt, and heavily dependent on Western assistance for survival." "So what went wrong? What happened to this vast continent, so rich in resources, culture and history, to bring it so close to destitution and despair in the space of two generations?".

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A scholar of Africa necessarily becomes an expert on death. In Meredith's tome, death comes in huge numbers and in many ways: through famine, ethnic strife, and racial injustice and at the hands of ... Read full review

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Martin Meredith has spent much of his life writing about Africa: first as a foreign correspondent for the "London Observer" and "Sunday Times," then as a research fellow at St. Antony's College, Oxford, and now as an independent author and commentator. He is the author of "In the Name of Apartheid: South Africa's New Era," "The Past is Another Country," "The First Dance of Freedom," "Nelson Mandela," and "Coming to Terms: South Africa's Search for Truth,

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