Love, Africa: A Memoir of Romance, War, and Survival by Jeffrey Gettleman
From Jeffrey Gettleman, a Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist, comes a passionate, revealing story about finding love and finding a calling, set against one of the most turbulent regions in the world.
A seasoned war correspondent, Jeffrey Gettleman has covered every major conflict over the past twenty years, from Afghanistan to Iraq to the Congo. For the past decade, he has served as the East Africa bureau chief for the New York Times, fulfilling a teenage dream.
At nineteen, Gettleman fell in love, twice. On a do-it-yourself community service trip in college, he went to East Africa—a terrifying, exciting, dreamlike part of the world in the throes of change that imprinted itself on his imagination and on his heart.
But around that same time he also fell in love with a fellow Cornell student—the brightest, classiest, most principled woman he’d ever met. To say they were opposites was an understatement. She became a criminal lawyer in America; he hungered to return to Africa. For the next decade he would be torn between these two abiding passions.
A sensually rendered coming-of-age story in the tradition of Barbarian Days, Love, Africa is a tale of passion, violence, far-flung adventure, tortuous long-distance relationships, screwing up, forgiveness, parenthood, and happiness that explores the power of finding yourself in the most unexpected of places.
Jeffrey Gettleman won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting from East Africa. He was the longest-serving East Africa bureau chief in the history of the New York Times, based in Kenya for more than a decade. His stories have appeared in National Geographic, Foreign Policy, GQ, and the New York Review of Books. A native of Evanston, Illinois, Gettleman studied philosophy at Cornell University and anthropology at the University of Oxford, where he was a Marshall Scholar.
Love, Africa: A Memoir of Romance, War, and Survival 4.3 out of 5based on
More than 1 year ago
I lived in Mali, West Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer in 1989 and 1990. Gettleman captures the euphoria, fear and love for Africa that I felt back then. He aptly describes the personal professional and moral issues I experienced,. If you want to get a feeling for what it like to be an American living and loving Africa, this is the book to read.
More than 1 year ago
A fascinating and endlessly insightful book - and a page-turner. Gettleman seamlessly weaves his personal story and particularly the story of his relationship with his wife with his career as a journalist and the story of his beloved East Africa. The stories of kidnappings and near-death experiences are edge-of-seat reading, but they're well balanced with some of the most insightful analysis of the plight of the region I've read anywhere.
More than 1 year ago
This book is okay. I wouldn't give it any prizes. This book is one giant ego stroke for the author. The worst part is the best quote in the book happens to be a bastardization of other authors.
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