The Liberian Civil War

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Just before Christmas 1989, a small group of armed fighters crossed a narrow river marking the frontier with the Ivory Coast, and entered the West African state of Liberia. The civil war which followed plunged the African continent's oldest republic into a long and agonising nightmare, during which the country was torn apart and its people brutalised by terror, violence and bloodshed. Mark Huband, the West Africa correspondent of the Financial Times and subsequently Africa correspondent for The Guardian, lived ...
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Overview

Just before Christmas 1989, a small group of armed fighters crossed a narrow river marking the frontier with the Ivory Coast, and entered the West African state of Liberia. The civil war which followed plunged the African continent's oldest republic into a long and agonising nightmare, during which the country was torn apart and its people brutalised by terror, violence and bloodshed. Mark Huband, the West Africa correspondent of the Financial Times and subsequently Africa correspondent for The Guardian, lived through the war from the beginning, and his account of the conflict, which begins a few days after the incursion, is a moving and dramatic portrayal of the war as it unfolded.
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British journalist Huband arrived in the west African country in 1989, shortly before the outbreak of the rebellion to unseat US-supported dictator Samuel Doe, and remained to report until 1992. His accounts describe interactions with the top leaders of all factions, the fighters, and the people. No bibliography. Distributed in the US by ISBS. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780714643403
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/28/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix
Foreword xi
Introduction xv
1. Soldiers, Priests and Beer Money 1
2. A Prize for the Gambler 14
3. The American Way of Life 27
4. Return of a Renegade 45
5. A Journey to the North 63
6. Shadows in a Forest 74
7. A City on the Ocean 94
8. Warriors and Wild Fruit 107
9. The Eye of the Storm 123
10. Moonlight and Murder 134
11. The Hand of a Child 145
12. The Face of a Man 156
13. Death of a City 166
14. Music in the Graveyard 177
15. Death of a Dictator 191
16. Feasting with the Grandees 205
Epilogue 219
Index 223
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