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This House Has Fallen: Nigeria in Crisis / Edition 1
     

This House Has Fallen: Nigeria in Crisis / Edition 1

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by Karl Maier
 

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ISBN-10: 0813340454

ISBN-13: 2900813340455

Pub. Date: 12/17/2002

Publisher: Basic Books

To understand Africa, you have to understand Nigeria, and few Americans understand Nigeria better than Karl Maier. In the tradition of Philip Gourevitch's bestselling We Regret to Inform You... and Redmond O'Hanlon's No Mercy, This House Has Fallen is a bracing, disturbing, evocative report on the state of Africa's most populous, potentially richest, and

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To understand Africa, you have to understand Nigeria, and few Americans understand Nigeria better than Karl Maier. In the tradition of Philip Gourevitch's bestselling We Regret to Inform You... and Redmond O'Hanlon's No Mercy, This House Has Fallen is a bracing, disturbing, evocative report on the state of Africa's most populous, potentially richest, and most dangerously dysfunctional nation.

Each year, with depressing consistency, Nigeria is declared the most corrupt state in the entire world. A nation into which billions of dollars of oil money flow, Nigeria's per capita income has dramatically fallen in the past two decades. All of the money has been stolen by elites. Also stolen has been democracy. Nigeria's leaders tend to elect themselves, often with the help of a gun. Military coup follows military coup. A rare democratic election is often merely a prelude to the next seizure of power by a general who wants greater access to the state's rapidly depleted vaults. A country of rising ethnic tensions and falling standards of living, Nigeria is a bellwether for Africa. And yet some think it is on the verge of utter collapse, a collapse that could overshadow even the massacres in Rwanda.

A brilliant piece of reportage and travel writing, this book looks into the Nigerian abyss and comes away with insight, profound conclusions, and even some hope.

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ISBN-13:
2900813340455
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
12/17/2002
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
326

Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIX
PrefaceXV
1 A Coup from Heaven1
2 Voting Day23
3 Army Arrangement39
4 The Ogoni Wars75
5 The Journey of a Thousand Miles III
6 The Faithful143
7 Children of Ham193
8 The Spirit of Odùduwà227
9 "This Animal Called Man"251
10 A Glass Cage269
Epilogue289
Notes305
Further Reading311
Index313

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This House Has Fallen: Nigeria in Crisis 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
AVIDREADER2001 More than 1 year ago
An extensive showcase of politics and its many faces in Nigeria spanning from as early as the Biafran war till the recent coup plots in the 90s. Every Nigerian should read this book as well as those interested in learning about the long journey the Nigerian military has embarked upon in the rule of the country. I would read this book over & over again.