The Africans

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During the four years he spent in black Africa as the bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times, David Lamb traveled through almost every country south of the Sahara, logging more than 300,000 miles. He talked to presidents and guerrilla leaders, university professors and witch doctors. He bounced from wars to coups oceans apart, catching midnight flights to little-known countries where supposedly decent people were doing unspeakable things to one another. In the tradition of John Gunther's Inside Africa, The ...
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During the four years he spent in black Africa as the bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times, David Lamb traveled through almost every country south of the Sahara, logging more than 300,000 miles. He talked to presidents and guerrilla leaders, university professors and witch doctors. He bounced from wars to coups oceans apart, catching midnight flights to little-known countries where supposedly decent people were doing unspeakable things to one another. In the tradition of John Gunther's Inside Africa, The Africans is an extraordinary combination of analysis and adventure. Part travelogue, part contemporary history, it is a portrait of a continent that sometimes seems hell-bent on destroying itself, and of people who are as courageous as they are long-suffering.

Here is a portrait of sub-Sahara Africa that covers recent events plus a report on the author's visit to Ethiopia during the famine.

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"Essential reading for an understanding of modern-day Africa" — The New York Times Book Review

"A rare overview of the wild and frequently unreported developments on the world's second-largest continent... an intelligent and powerful argument for sanity and humanity." — The Philadelphia Inquirer

"A primer for all of us who don't know enough about the Dark Continent...a fascinating and important book"

— Playboy

"A thoroughly clear-sighted, honest book that provides a political and social survey of the 46 countries of sub-Sahara Africa. — Business Week

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780394753089
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/28/1987
  • Series: Vintage Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 1,201,511
  • Product dimensions: 5.26 (w) x 7.99 (h) x 0.83 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2004

    Skip the PBS sugar coating. Read this for reality.

    Incredible. Lamb has touched the core of Africa in this book. He doesn't seem to be politically motivated; it is his love of Africa, and his hope that shows through in this book. A disturbing glimpse of a chaotic continent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2000

    must read for travelers

    Lamb's book is a starkly realistic glimpse at Africa and its politics. I traveled with an old journalistic friend of his intermittantly from Saudi Arabia down through Kenya and heard some similiar stories first-hand. Lamb's insights are often controversial and frightening. His stories should be heard. An important read.

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