The World's Most Dangerous Place: Inside the Outlaw State of Somalia

The World's Most Dangerous Place: Inside the Outlaw State of Somalia

by James Fergusson


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306821172
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 05/28/2013
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 710,635
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.08(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

James Fergusson is a freelance journalist and foreign correspondent who has written for many publications, including The Times of London and The Economist. He is the author of Taliban: The Unknown Enemy and the award-winning A Million Bullets. He lives in Edinburgh.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I Living on the Line

1 An African Stalingrad: The war against al-Shabaab 13

2 At the Bancroft Hotel: America's proxy war 24

3 The field hospital: What bombs and bullets do to people 43

4 Aden's story 58

5 The failure of Somali politics 80

6 What makes al-Shabaab tick? 101

7 The famine 131

Part II Nomads' Land

8 In the court of King Farole 157

9 Galkacyo: Pirateville 184

10 Hargeisa Nights 213

11 How to start a border war 227

Part III The Diaspora

12 The Somali youth time-bomb 251

13 The missing of Minneapolis 290

14 'Clanism is a disease like AIDS' 327

15 Operation Linda Nchi: The end for al-Shabaab? 362

Notes and Sources 383

Bibliography 391

Acknowledgements 395

Picture and Map Acknowledgements 397

Index 399

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The World's Most Dangerous Place: Inside the Outlaw State of Somalia 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book started really well, but after a while, it just turned into one guy talking down to an entire society and people while making light of a very sad and desperate situation. The tone by the end of the book reeks of 19th century colonialism and distaste for "others." I am disappointed my money went to this book. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was initially interested in this work because it received a great review in a recent issue of The Economist and needed something new to read. I had never read extensively on Somalia, but have always been interested in East Africa. I was very disappointed with this book. The first section was insightful and moving, as well as eye opening. Everyone has heard about the mayhem in Somalia, but few have really experienced the trauma first hand. Beyond the first third of the book, though, the intensity drifts off and all you are left with his pretentious analogies and less than witty banter. There was a lack of respect towards hidden behind many passages, especially when discussing an isolated desert town, Taleh. Comparisons to things like James Cameron's "Avatar" made light, and just looked down upon, a culture that has survived some of the harshest environments and violence. This seemed more like an op ed piece than a journalistic foray into a war stricken land.