Poetry Madness
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Interviews | March 17, 2014

Shawn Donley: IMG Peter Stark: The Powells.com Interview



Peter StarkIt's hard to believe that 200 years ago, the Pacific Northwest was one of the most remote and isolated regions in the world. In 1810, four years... Continue »
  1. $19.59 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$80.00
New Hardcover
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
available for shipping or prepaid pickup only
Available for In-store Pickup
in 7 to 12 days
Qty Store Section
1 Remote Warehouse Anthologies- African Literature

Obasanjo, Nigeria and the World Obasanjo, Nigeria and the World

by

Obasanjo, Nigeria and the World Obasanjo, Nigeria and the World Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Olusegun Obasanjo was Nigeria's military head of state (1976-9) and President (1999-2007). His career is made the focus for a history of Nigeria's first fifty years of independence (1960-2010) and of African continental affairs during the same period (Obasanjo having been an active opponent of apartheid and an architect of the African Union). The most important African leader of his generation, Obasanjo has had an extraordinarily diverse career as soldier, politician, statesman, farmer, author, political prisoner, Baptist preacher, and family patriarch. As a soldier, he secured the victory in Nigeria's civil war. As military head of state, he returned the country to civilian rule. For the next 20 years he was ceaselessly active, before spending three years as a political prisoner. Released from prison, Obasanjo served Nigeria as elected President from 1999 to 2007, until his growing authoritarianism and his manipulation of his successor's election ruined his reputation among many Nigerians. This book argues that the controversial end to his presidency must be understood in the light of his earlier career. The author has used mainly published sources, especially Nigerian newspapers and political memoirs, as well as recently released FCO documents in Britain. John Iliffe is a Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge. He retired as Professor of African History at Cambridge in 2006 and has published widely on African history including: A Modern History of Tanganyika; The Emergence of African Capitalism; The African Poor: A History; Africans: the History of a Continent; Honour in African History and The African Aids Epidemic: A History. Nigeria: HEBN (PB)

Book News Annotation:

This is a biography of Olusegun Obasanjo, the military ruler of Nigeria from 1976 to 1979 and president from 1999 to 2007. Attempting to resolve the contradiction between Obasanjo's many achievements as a soldier and statesman and the obloquy that was visited upon his name as he left office, Iliffe (retired, African history, Cambridge U.) identifies four themes that run through Obasanjo's life: the maintenance of his ties to Yoruba culture, the importance of Nigerian patriotism to his politics, his obsession with questions of power, and his failure to recognize and adapt to changes in the international and national contexts of his later career. Distributed in the US by Boydell & Brewer. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

This first full account of Obasanjo's life from 1937 to 2010 combines an analysis of an exceptionally vital and complicated man with a history of an exceptionally vital and complicated country.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781847010278
Author:
Iliffe, John
Publisher:
James Currey
Author:
Iliffe, John
Subject:
African
Subject:
Anthologies-African Literature
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20110131
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
320

Related Subjects

Children's » Action and Adventure » Adventure Stories
Children's » Reference » English
Fiction and Poetry » Anthologies » African Literature
Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » Medical Specialties
History and Social Science » Africa » General
History and Social Science » Politics » General

Obasanjo, Nigeria and the World Obasanjo, Nigeria and the World New Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$80.00 In Stock
Product details 320 pages James Currey - English 9781847010278 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , This first full account of Obasanjo's life from 1937 to 2010 combines an analysis of an exceptionally vital and complicated man with a history of an exceptionally vital and complicated country.
spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and eBooks — here at Powells.com.