Africa: Altered States, Ordinary Miracles

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Portobello, 2009 - Africa - 576 pages
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AFRICAN HISTORY: POSTWAR, FROM C 1945 -. The finest living Africa correspondent delivers, after a lifetime's close observation of the miraculous continent, a landmark book on life and death in modern Africa. Dowden has now, after 35 years on the continent, written a memoiristic history of its peoples' experiences in the wake of the European withdrawal and the superpowers' arrival. He has been present at each of the continent's major crises and writes illuminatingly about them, but he is as passionate about the warmth, wisdom and joy he has encountered in peacetime, and the diversity of habits, attitudes and purposes to which he has been Britain's best witness. His book is no less than a benchmark publication on this most misunderstood and mishandled of continents.

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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

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About the author (2009)

Richard Dowden is director of the Royal African Society. Dowden spent a decade as Africa Editor of the Independent , and then another decade as Africa Editor of The Economist . Few writing in English now have had more experience of life as it is lived in a wider variety of African communities. He has made three television documentaries on Africa, for the BBC and Channel 4 .

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