A Continent for the Taking

A Continent for the Taking

The Tragedy and Hope of Africa

Paperback - 2005
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In A Continent for the Taking Howard W. French, a veteran correspondent for The New York Times , gives a compelling firsthand account of some of Africa's most devastating recent history--from the fall of Mobutu Sese Seko, to Charles Taylor's arrival in Monrovia, to the genocide in Rwanda and the Congo that left millions dead. Blending eyewitness reportage with rich historical insight, French searches deeply into the causes of today's events, illuminating the debilitating legacy of colonization and the abiding hypocrisy and inhumanity of both Western and African political leaders.

While he captures the tragedies that have repeatedly befallen Africa's peoples, French also opens our eyes to the immense possibility that lies in Africa's complexity, diversity, and myriad cultural strengths. The culmination of twenty-five years of passionate exploration and understanding, this is a powerful and ultimately hopeful book about a fascinating and misunderstood continent.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2005.
Edition: 1st Vintage Books ed.
ISBN: 9781400030279
1400030277
9781435292543
1435292545
Branch Call Number: 967.032
Characteristics: xvii, 280 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., map ; 21 cm.

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Dec 04, 2013

African American journalist documenting the exploitation of Africa, starting with the slave trade, which happened in Africa as well as Europe and US...also how colonial rule never prepared African countries after independence how to develop stable or democratic governments and how their resources continue to be exploited and drained by corporations and US politics continues to serve our own political and economic interest.

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