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 very interesting book well written and easy to read. - Goodreads
Very good overview of recent African history. - Goodreads
Excellently researched. - Goodreads
I liked the writing, too. - Goodreads
Keen insights and narrative. - Goodreads
Good reference book. - Goodreads

Review: The Fate of Africa: A History of Fifty Years of Independence

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Wow, what a great book. Huge, but great. Learned a ton about African and its history and corresponding power-hungry dictators that I didn't know before. I liked the writing, too. Looking forward to reading more by Mr. Meredith. Read full review

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688 pages of unrelenting grimness: a veritable compendium of horrors charting the development (or lack thereof) of African nations over fifty years of independence. Meredith takes care not to paint ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

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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