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Africa Doesn't Matter: How the West Has Failed the Poorest Continent and What We Can Do about It

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"Aid worker Bolton disappoints in this well-intentioned guide to Africa's economic and political challenges. While the book is well organized and lucid, Bolton veers wildly from straightforward analysis to heavy-handed attempts at humor (Bolton compares Democratic Republic of Congo president Kabila to Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs). Graver still, the author condescends to his readers when he debunks 'common' myths that he believes readers might hold about Africa ('Africa is overpopulated and they keep having too many children'; 'Africa Has Many Dangerous Animals') and tests readers' patience with irrelevant asides ('Dressing to Meet a Real Minister of Finance') and an occasionally preachy tone. When discussing possible solutions to Africa's problems, Bolton acknowledges that 'the weakest part of books like this... tends to be when they reach proposed solutions' and proceeds to stumble similarly, offering tepid ways to make a difference ('Write!'; 'Sign petitions'; 'Protest'). The final product is an earnest book with high potential that ends up reading more like a dumbed-down primer than a substantive introduction to the state of affairs in Africa. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Lonesome Gods, March 28, 2010 (view all comments by Lonesome Gods)
I am mixed about this book. For the first half I found myself wondering if the author thought that anything could be done for Africa - on any level. And I don't have as favorable view of capitalism and what that can mean for Africa as much as the author. But as I continued reading I did see that Mr. Bolton does, indeed, believe that the individual can have an impact - but it is in how we push our governments, the Aid groups and the corporations that will have the greatest impact. Overall, it is a thought provoking book but left me still wondering how big an impact we can have.
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ISBN:
9781559708784
Subtitle:
How the West Has Failed the Poorest Continent and What We Can Do about It
Author:
Bolton, Giles
Publisher:
Arcade Publishing
Subject:
Poverty
Subject:
Commerce
Subject:
International - Economics
Subject:
Poverty -- Africa.
Subject:
Economic assistance -- Africa.
Copyright:
Publication Date:
May 2008
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
350
Dimensions:
8.51x5.61x.89 in. .92 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Aid worker Bolton disappoints in this well-intentioned guide to Africa's economic and political challenges. While the book is well organized and lucid, Bolton veers wildly from straightforward analysis to heavy-handed attempts at humor (Bolton compares Democratic Republic of Congo president Kabila to Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs). Graver still, the author condescends to his readers when he debunks 'common' myths that he believes readers might hold about Africa ('Africa is overpopulated and they keep having too many children'; 'Africa Has Many Dangerous Animals') and tests readers' patience with irrelevant asides ('Dressing to Meet a Real Minister of Finance') and an occasionally preachy tone. When discussing possible solutions to Africa's problems, Bolton acknowledges that 'the weakest part of books like this... tends to be when they reach proposed solutions' and proceeds to stumble similarly, offering tepid ways to make a difference ('Write!'; 'Sign petitions'; 'Protest'). The final product is an earnest book with high potential that ends up reading more like a dumbed-down primer than a substantive introduction to the state of affairs in Africa. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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