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Posted August 17, 2005
Hope? What hope?
This was my first book about the troubles in Africa. If there was any 'hope' discussed, I must have missed it. This is cover to cover tragedy. Great insight into the problems brought on my colonialism, greed, hypocrisy, rampant corruption and tribal conflict. It would be useful to have it brought up to date, but I don't blame Mr. French for wanting to avoid another visit. Until the international community gets involved to improve things, rather than exploit them, I'm afraid Africa is going to remain mired in its sorry state indefinitely.
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Posted March 17, 2006
An enlightening read
A CONTINENT FOR THE TAKING is a beautifully written work that provides a fascinating insight into Africa's underdevelopment and civil strife. Devoid of sentimentality and full of objectivity, the author conveys the deep message, which explains the hope that the continent has retained despite its turbulent history. Behind the tragedies of the continent are the heavy hands of the ex-colonial masters and the exploitative drives of some business concerns working in partnership with African dictators, psychopaths and administrative kleptomaniacs that have power and are excluding the people in the running of the land. The author sees an inevitable victory for the forces of hope against the perpetrators of evil in the continent, since the fall out of Africa's misery cannot be ignored by the rest of the world forever.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.