The Fate of Africa: From the Hopes of Freedom to the Heart of Despair Hardcover – Import 15 Jun 2005
Product Description From Booklist *Starred Review* When the decolonization of European empires in Africa began 50 years ago the process was greeted with jubilation and immense hope for the future. Blessed with bountiful natural resources and led by Western-educated elites the continent seemed to have a realistic chance to create stable prosperous democratic societies. Why did it all go wrong and can it be made right? Meredith is a journalist biographer and historian who has written extensively on modern African history. His massive but very readable examination of African history over the past century unfolds like a drawn-out tragedy. Of course the arrogance and ignorance of European masters planted the seeds of many of Africa's current problems. But Meredith refuses to let Africans off the hook for the endemic violence corruption and political repression that plague so many African states. While he pays tribute to icons like Mandela and Senghor his contempt for the venality and worship of power that has characterized so many leaders from Nasser to Mugabe is palatable and justified by extensive documentation. One hopes for shreds of optimism for the future but Meredith remains skeptical. This is a brilliant and vitally important work for all who wish to understand Africa and its beleaguered people. Jay Freeman Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved Review "Admiration for the continent's people... comes through in [Meredith's] latest book and he does not ignore... factors stunting African development... " -- Reuters International AlertNet blast 8/28/05 "Africa's tragedy is all the more moving for his lack of constantly reminding you to be moved..." -- The Globe & Mail 8/27/05 "Meredith [has] written a narrative history of modern Africa devoid of... gender discourse or postcolonial angst... It is a joy." -- Wall Street Journal August 31 ...a masterpiece...a comprehensive wonderfully readable survey of the entire continent's recent past...the nonfiction book of the year. -- The New York Post October 2 2005 A solid journalistic and analytical recounting of recent African history with a hard dispassionate eye without an ideological edge. -- The Indianapolis Star September 24 2005 An impressive history well told. -- The Age September 17 2005 MMMeredith writes with sobriety intelligence and a deep knowledge of Africa. -- Library Journal July 2005 MMMeredith's exhaustive study appears as leaders come to grips with Africa's needs. It starkly underlines the urgency of that task. -- Providence Journal July 10 2005 aaa welcome and significant contribution to the local and global debate about the state of the continent. -- AllAfrica.com July 17 2005 aaan ambitious survey of fifty years fifty-three counties and countless wars and coups. -- The Nation October 24 2005 See all Product Description
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