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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2009

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    Transporting Story, Believable Characters

    Highly recommend to readers interested in historical Africa. Extremely valuable in gaining a better understanding of the difference in mindset, culture, and local society between indigenous tribal peoples and the industrialized West. Some may say this understanding is irrelevant now (in 2009), but considering the current state of affairs in Sudan, Somalia, Liberia, and many more African countries, I would say it is still very much relevant. This is a story of British Colonial Kenya and the brief but bloody Mau Mau rebellion. It was reported and documented that 26 white colonists were killed. An undocumented number (50-100,000+) of native peoples were killed - most Kikuyu, most by their fellow Kikuyu and other tribes in the name of the Mau Mau brotherhood. Very well written, very believable. Quite detailed descriptions of a bloody and gruesome war. Point well made that when you take something from a people (land, religious beliefs, tribal customs, occupations) you must replace it with something of value, else their society suffers terribly. This is also evidenced with Native Americans and the aboriginal people of Australia.

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  • Posted July 31, 2009

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    This should be required reading

    This book randomly found it's way into my hands and is very much not a typical book of mine. However it has become a permanent staple in my libary. The visuals are stunningly vivid and easily grab the reader by the ears. I feel like I've watched a movie after finishing this book. I am educated now on a subject I may not have otherwise known anything about. While the book is not for the tween crowd it is an eye opening revelation about the way things were in Aferica in the 1950's. Both for white people moving into there for the government land grants and for the native peoples struggling to hold onto customs that were becoming obsolute.

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