Africa: Altered States, Ordinary Miracles

Africa: Altered States, Ordinary Miracles

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by Richard Dowden
     
 

ISBN-10: 1586487531

ISBN-13: 9781586487539

Pub. Date: 03/10/2009

Publisher: PublicAffairs

Africa is a complex continent of peoples. The West so often treats Africa as if it were one country, and its interventions, therefore, often misfire. Richard Dowden teases out the web of history, myth, rivalry, alliance, ambition, and protest that comprises the current reality for the bankers of Kenya or the oilmen of Nigeria, the judges of Congo or the herdsmen of

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Africa is a complex continent of peoples. The West so often treats Africa as if it were one country, and its interventions, therefore, often misfire. Richard Dowden teases out the web of history, myth, rivalry, alliance, ambition, and protest that comprises the current reality for the bankers of Kenya or the oilmen of Nigeria, the judges of Congo or the herdsmen of Sudan, even the Chinese miners in Zimbabwe. Their daily challenges, innovations, and dreams provide a sweeping, illuminating and often uplifting portrait of modern sub-Saharan Africa.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781586487539
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Publication date:
03/10/2009
Pages:
592
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 2.20(d)

Table of Contents

Map vi

Acknowledgements xi

Foreword Chinua Achebe xiii

1 Africa is a night flight away: Images and realities 1

2 Africa is different: Uganda I 11

3 How it all went wrong: Uganda II 38

4 The end of colonialism: New states, old societies 51

5 Amazing, but is it Africa? Somalia 90

6 Forward to the past: Zimbabwe 127

7 Breaking apart: Sudan 158

8 A tick bigger than the dog: Angola 199

9 Missing the story and the sequel: Burundi and Rwanda 223

10 God, trust and trade: Senegal 255

11 Dancers and the leopard men Sierra Leone 284

12 The positive positive women: AIDS in Africa 321

13 Copying King Leopold: Congo 353

14 Not just another country: South Africa 380

15 Meat and money: Eating in Kenya 415

16 Look out world: Nigeria 439

17 New colonists or old friends? Asia in Africa 484

18 Phones, Asians and the professionals: The new Africa 509

Epilogue 543

Further Reading 551

Index 554

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Africa: Altered States, Ordinary Miracles 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I cane back from Africa I wanted to learn more about it so I read this book that talks about their cultres,the way they eat, and what they eat. It helps you learn about other places in the world without leaving home!! This book is a non-stopping I couldn't put it down for 3 days when I finnaly finnished it I was soooo happy that I wanted to go back to Africa and learn even more!!!!!
SinclairDB More than 1 year ago
Everybody interested in Africa should read this book, because beyond the references to history, religious aspects, statistics and events, the text is permeated with Dowden's love and respect for the people of a culture he so skillfully helps us to understand.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Leaves no stone unturned in trying to dissect this remarkable continent. Breathtaking ideas and arguments from an author who truly loves his subject. Thank you for your unique perspective on this land. After I finished reading I began to read again and was amazed at all the information I really had in front of me. More please ftom this remarkable writer.
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*begins to pack silently crying*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lets ask starclan to change rules
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Runs in the forest right before he entered he glanced back at her,then paded in
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Ill be gone for the weekened! Seeya on monday! $Hawktalon$
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All of you post now if youre still here.