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The Politics of Bones: Dr. Owens Wiwa and the Struggle for Nigeria's Oil

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The gripping story of a people's battle against a corrupt government and a powerful oil company.

On November 10, 1995, Nigeria's military dictatorship executed nine environmental activists. Among them was Ken Saro-Wiwa, the charismatic spokesman of the Ogoni people, whose land in the fertile Niger River delta has been grotesquely polluted by Royal Dutch Shell Corporation. During Ken's incarceration on a trumped-up murder charge, his brother, Dr. Owens Wiwa, fought valiantly to save his life — even though he himself was on his government's most-wanted list. When his quest failed, Owens narrowly escaped Nigeria with his life, fleeing the country on foot with his wife and newborn son, first to London, where he was embraced by the likes of Anita Roddick and Doris Lessing, and then to Toronto, where he now lives.

Owens Wiwa has taken up his brother's environmental crusade and fought, against terrible odds, to have his brother's remains returned to the family for a proper burial. His story is a heart-stopping saga of personal courage and official corruption, of individual selflessness and corporate greed, of a man's abiding love for his brother and extraordinary determination to honour him.

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"Some books, they say, a reader cannot put down. This is one of them." Winnipeg Free Press

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"A compelling and gritty story, of intrigue and betrayal, politics and murder, a page turner, made all the more gripping by its truth." Calgary Herald

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On November 10, 1995, Nigerias military dictatorship executed nine environmental activists. Among them was Ken Saro-Wiwa, the charismatic spokesman of the Ogoni people, whose land in the fertile Niger River delta has been grotesquely polluted by the Royal Dutch Shell Corporation. During Kens incarceration, his brother, Dr. Owens Wiwa, fought valiantly to save his life. When his quest failed, Owens narrowly escaped Nigeria with his life, first to London, and then to Toronto. His story is a heart-stopping saga of personal courage and official corruption, of individual selflessness and corporate greed.

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Toronto journalist J. Timothy Hunt is a regular contributor to many of Canada's most prominent magazines. He is the recipient of three National Magazine awards and the prestigious Canada Council Creative Writing Grant.

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Susan Dawson, November 22, 2006 (view all comments by Susan Dawson)
Sounds like a winner. It seems that many books today have to do with bones--both fiction and nonfiction.
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Laurie Blum, November 22, 2006 (view all comments by Laurie Blum)
In The Politics of Bones, Canadian journalist Timothy Hunt relates a tragic but courageous tale of Ken Saro-Wiwa through the eyes of his younger sibling, Dr. Owens Wiwa. Saro-Wiwa, killed in 1995, was an internationally important author, environmental & human rights activist; he organized to fight the rampant environmental destruction caused by Shell Oil in the Niger Delta. This story is a heart-stopping saga of personal courage, official corruption, corporate greed, family struggle & determination to honor his brother.
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seberner, November 18, 2006 (view all comments by seberner)
The Politics of Bones is a fantastic read. Tim Hunt masterfully tells the story of the struggle of two brothers, their family and their countrymen in a battle against a corrupt government and an oil company ignoring the destruction of the Nigerian environment. You'll be outraged by the forces encountered by these two great men, yet inspired by the courage of the brothers Ken and Owens. This story will open your eyes to a tragedy that has been ignored for too long.
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ISBN:
9780771041587
Author:
Hunt, J. Timothy
Publisher:
McClelland & Stewart
Author:
J.Timothy Hunt
Author:
J.Timothy Hunt
Author:
Hunt, Timothy
Subject:
General
Subject:
Politics and government
Subject:
Political activists
Subject:
Nigeria Politics and government 1993-
Subject:
Saro-Wiwa, Ken
Subject:
General Political Science
Subject:
Politics - General
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Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20060931
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TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
400
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9.2 x 6.1 x 1 in 1.25 lb

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"Review" by , "Some books, they say, a reader cannot put down. This is one of them."
"Review" by , "A compelling and gritty story, of intrigue and betrayal, politics and murder, a page turner, made all the more gripping by its truth."
"Synopsis" by , On November 10, 1995, Nigerias military dictatorship executed nine environmental activists. Among them was Ken Saro-Wiwa, the charismatic spokesman of the Ogoni people, whose land in the fertile Niger River delta has been grotesquely polluted by the Royal Dutch Shell Corporation. During Kens incarceration, his brother, Dr. Owens Wiwa, fought valiantly to save his life. When his quest failed, Owens narrowly escaped Nigeria with his life, first to London, and then to Toronto. His story is a heart-stopping saga of personal courage and official corruption, of individual selflessness and corporate greed.
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