Africa: Altered States, Ordinary Miracles

Africa: Altered States, Ordinary Miracles

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by Richard Dowden
     
 

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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