My First Coup d'Etat: And Other True Stories from the Lost Decades of Africa / Edition 1

My First Coup d'Etat: And Other True Stories from the Lost Decades of Africa / Edition 1

by John Dramani Mahama
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ISBN-10:
1608198871
ISBN-13:
2901608198879
Pub. Date:
05/14/2013
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA

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My First Coup d'Etat: And Other True Stories from the Lost Decades of Africa / Edition 1

My First Coup d'Etat chronicles the coming-of-age of John Dramani Mahama in Ghana during the dismal post-independence "lost decades" of Africa. He was seven years old when rumors of a coup reached his boarding school in Accra. His father, a minister of state, was imprisoned for more than a year.

My First Coup d'Etat offers an intimate look at the country that has long been considered Africa's success story. This is a one-of-a-kind book: Mahama's is a rare literary voice from a political leader, and his personal stories work on many levels—as history, as cultural and political analysis, as fables, and, of course, as the memoir of a young man who unbeknownst to him or anything else, would grow up to be president of his nation. Though nonfiction, these are stories that rise above their specific settings and transport the reader into a world all their own, one that evokes the universal human emotions of love, fear, faith, despair, loss, longing, and hope despite all else.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2901608198879
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 05/14/2013
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

His Excellency John Dramani Mahama is a writer, historian, communications expert, former member of Parliament and Minister of State, and sitting President of the Republic of Ghana. He lives in Accra, Ghana.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The "Lost Decades" 1

My First Coup d'Etat 7

The District Commissioner's Hat 17

Of Silence and Solidarity 39

Wild Lions and Little Boys with Catapults 52

Full Moon Dance 65

How I Got My Christian Name 81

Sankofa 105

Teenagers in Tamale 123

Frozen Fire 139

Praise for the Powerful 161

Union Government 180

Truth Stands 197

Perilous Crossings 210

Ghana Must Go 240

Providence 264

Tovarisch 286

Coda: Return of Hope ... Anaa? 304

Acknowledgements 315

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