A Moonless, Starless Sky: Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism in Africa

A Moonless, Starless Sky: Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism in Africa

by Alexis Okeowo


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316382939
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 10/03/2017
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 496,732
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Alexis Okeowo is a staff writer for the New Yorker and a fellow at New America. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, the Financial Times, Time, and Fortune, among many other publications. The daughter of immigrant parents, Okeowo grew up in Alabama and attended Princeton University. She was based in Lagos, Nigeria, from 2012 to 2015, and now lives in Brooklyn.

Table of Contents

Author's Note xi

Preface xiii

Part 1

1 Uganda: An LRA Love Story 3

2 Mauritania: Not Restrained by Chains 30

3 Nigeria: No Regrets 65

4 Somalia: War and Basketball 101

Part 2

1 Uganda: In a Perfect Life 123

2 Mauritania: Caravan of Freedom 157

3 Nigeria: Nobody Rescued Them 184

4 Somalia: The Last Two Stadiums in Mogadishu 208

Acknowledgments 238

Discussion Questions 240

Guernica's Intervieiv with Alexis Okeowo 242

What People are Saying About This

NYT-bestselling author of Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight and Quiet Until the Thaw - Alexandra Fuller

"Finally, finally, finally—a humane, skillfully storyteller with sound reporting instincts has dug into the middle of the stories we think we've already heard out of Africa. Alexis Okeowo can write prose as arresting as Ryzard Kapúscinski's, she's got Katherine Boo's big heart, but she has her own fresh way of approaching the work, one that is terribly overdue. Absolutely essential reading, period."

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