The Fate of Africa: From the Hopes of Freedom to the Heart of Despair / Edition 1

The Fate of Africa: From the Hopes of Freedom to the Heart of Despair / Edition 1

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by Martin Meredith
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1586483986

ISBN-13: 9781586483982

Pub. Date: 07/03/2006

Publisher: PublicAffairs

Fifty years ago, as Europe's colonial powers withdrew, Africa moved with enormous hope and fervor toward democracy and economic independence. Dozens of new states were launched amid much jubilation and the world's applause. African leaders, popularly elected, stepped forward to tackle the problems of development and nation-building. In the Cold War era, the new

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Fifty years ago, as Europe's colonial powers withdrew, Africa moved with enormous hope and fervor toward democracy and economic independence. Dozens of new states were launched amid much jubilation and the world's applause. African leaders, popularly elected, stepped forward to tackle the problems of development and nation-building. In the Cold War era, the new states excited the attention of the superpowers. Africa was considered too valuable a prize to lose.

Today, Africa is a continent rife with disease, death, and devastation. Most African countries are effectively bankrupt, prone to civil strife, subject to dictatorial rule, and dependent on Western assistance for survival. The sum of Africa's misfortunes — its wars, its despotisms, its corruption, its droughts — is truly daunting.

What went wrong? What happened to this vast continent, so rich in resources, culture and history, to bring it so close to destitution and despair in the space of two generations?

Focusing on the key personalities, events and themes of the independence era, Martin Meredith's riveting narrative history seeks to explore and explain the myriad problems that Africa has faced in the past half-century, and faces still. From the giddy enthusiasm of the 1960s to the "coming of tyrants" and rapid decline, The Fate of Africa is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand how it came to this — and what, if anything, is to be done.

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ISBN-13:
9781586483982
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Publication date:
07/03/2006
Pages:
768
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.70(d)

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The Fate of Africa: From the Hopes of Freedom to the Heart of Despair 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The US press has devoted over 90% of it coverage in the last 20 years to one country South Africa. What is going on in most of the rest is ignored. The overwhelming pattern is that Africa is dominated by corruption and dictators and the people appear to accept both and flounder.
Buksie More than 1 year ago
I grew up and lived in Africa for 30 years of my life and Martin Meredith has done an unbelievable job in depicting the "African Way" in this book. The book is easy to read, factual and provide the reader an excellent insight into the workings and dealings of the African people, their struggle for independence and their failure to make it work. It also show the numerous problems the continent is facing and why it has not been successful in addressing any of them.

Growing up in Africa I cannot think of a more accurate picture of the state of the continent and why it struggles and will continue to struggle to find its way out of the gloom. This is a must read for people interested in understanding how Africa works, what drives it people and why the way of the west will not solve its problems. It is also a very goof factual history of the continent since its independence in the 1950s.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is an eminent review of what happenned in the continent in the pre-colonial and post-colonial periods. Although I don't concur with all his opinions, this is a well researhed book. It will be an engaging reading for anyone interested in the African continent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Martin Meredith 'The Fate of Africa' provides a complete review of all the things that plague the continent today. It is a historical overview that brings together everything you ever knew or wish you knew about the continent.
DPAULFENTON More than 1 year ago
Both terrifying, sad and informative. The journey we take in this book exposes the absolute ruthless Post colonial governance of Africa and the sequence of events that Africans had to and still do endure. We think of Africa as a single state. It is not. It is an interwoven story of its relationship with Europe, China, USSR, Cuba , and itself. Even Che was involved for a few weeks. It seeks it's identity still. Best book I have read on the African continent. You find yourself pulling for the people along the way.
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