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Waiting for Charlie: Mercenary Soldiers, Failed States, and the Love That Means More Than Money

Waiting for Charlie: Mercenary Soldiers, Failed States, and the Love That Means More Than Money

by Susan Zakin


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In 2001, environmental writer Susan Zakin was burned out. Traveling to Madagascar, the world's fourth-largest island, to see a place where humans had arrived only two thousand years before, the frustration and anger she'd experienced in the environmental debates roiling the American West dropped away. Waiting for Charlie traces her journeys over the next decade, exploring places where nature still flourishes in the midst of failed states, meeting a new generation of Africans taking on their continent's most pressing causes, and revealing humankind's oldest terrain not as the past, but as a sometimes hopeful, sometimes chilling, vision of the future.

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ISBN-13: 9780692936238
Publisher: Cowgirls and Pirates LLC
Publication date: 02/01/2018
Pages: 174
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Known for her forthrightness, lyricism, and humor, Susan Zakin is one of America's most respected environmental writers. A graduate of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, Zakin's articles and essays have appeared in Vogue, Salon, The New York Times, Orion, and many other publications. She is the founder of Cowgirls and Pirates, a conservation safari company based in New York and Kenya, and she has taught and worked in Kenya, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Madagascar. She recently completed a novel based on historical events in West Africa in the 1990s and the current constitutional crisis in the United States.

Table of Contents

The Red Hills of Antananarivo

Blue Man Coup: How Mercenaries Broke Mali

Waiting for Charlie

Je Suis Commando

Suleiman's Travels

The War on Shangri-La

The Refugee All-Stars

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