The Fate of Africa: A History of the Continent Since Independence

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First published in 2005, The Fate of Africa was hailed by reviewers as "A masterpiece....The nonfiction book of the year" (The New York Post); "a magnificent achievement" (Weekly Standard); "a joy," (Wall Street Journal) and "one of the decade’s most important works on Africa" (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

Now Martin Meredith has revised this classic history to incorporate important recent developments, including the Darfur crisis in Sudan, Robert Mugabe’s continued destructive rule in Zimbabwe, controversies over Western aid and exploitation of Africa’s resources, the growing importance and influence of China, and the democratic movement roiling the North African countries of Tunisia, Egypt, and Jordan.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781610390712
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs
  • Publication date: 9/6/2011
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 816
  • Sales rank: 137,744
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 2.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin Meredith is a journalist, biographer, and historian who has written extensively on Africa. His books include Mandela: A Biography; Mugabe; Diamonds, Gold and War; Born in Africa; and, most recently, Fortunes of Africa. He lives near Oxford, England.
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Table of Contents

Maps viii

Author's Note xiii

Introduction 1

Part I

1 The Gold Coast Experiment 17

2 Revolt on the Nile 30

3 Land of the Setting Sun 44

4 L'Afrique Noire 58

5 Winds of Change 75

6 Heart of Darkness 93

7 The White South 116

Part II

8 The Birth of Nations 141

9 The First Dance of Freedom 162

10 Feet of Clay 179

11 A House Divided 193

12 Death of an Emperor 206

13 The Coming of Tyrants 218

14 In Search of Ujamaa 249

15 The Passing of the Old Guard 260

16 The Slippery Slope 275

17 The Great Plunderer 293

18 White Dominoes 309

Part III

19 Red Tears 331

20 Fault Lines 344

21 The Scourge of Aids 362

22 The Lost Decade 368

23 The Struggle for Democracy 378

24 A Time of Triumph 412

Part IV

25 In the Name of the Prophet 443

26 Black Hawk Down 464

27 The Graves are Not Yet Full 485

28 Where Vultures Fly 524

29 Blood Diamonds 545

30 No Condition is Permanent 574

31 The Honour of Living 588

32 Black Gold 602

33 A Degree in Violence 619

34 Somewhere Over the Rainbow 653

35 Out of Africa 686

Chapter Notes 705

Select Bibliography 723

Index 752

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2005

    Well Researched History of Last 50 Years

    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.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 28, 2008

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    An excellent depiction of how Africa functions!

    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. <BR/><BR/>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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2006

    Very Informative!

    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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2005

    A complete review

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 26, 2012

    Must read if you have any interest in Africa.

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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