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A Continent for the Taking: The Tragedy and Hope of Africa

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In A Continent for the Taking Howard W. French, a veteran correspondent for The New York Times, gives a compelling firsthand account of some of Africa’s most devastating recent history–from the fall of Mobutu Sese Seko, to Charles Taylor’s arrival in Monrovia, to the genocide in Rwanda and the Congo that left millions dead. Blending eyewitness reportage with rich historical insight, French searches deeply into the causes of today’s events, illuminating the debilitating legacy of colonization and the abiding hypocrisy and inhumanity of both Western and African political leaders.

While he captures the tragedies that have repeatedly befallen Africa’s peoples, French also opens our eyes to the immense possibility that lies in Africa’s complexity, diversity, and myriad cultural strengths. The culmination of twenty-five years of passionate exploration and understanding, this is a powerful and ultimately hopeful book about a fascinating and misunderstood continent.

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An account of the consequences of the century-long encounter between Africa and the Western world contends that Africa's natural resources have been exploited by Western interests, considers the roles of the region's leaders, traces the outbreaks of AIDS and the Ebola virus, and analyzes genocidal activities in Rwanda and the Congo. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.

About the Author

Howard W. French is a senior writer for the New York Times. After teaching at the University of Ivory Coast in the early 1980s, he began his journalism career writing about Africa for the Washington Post, Africa News, The Economist and numerous other publications. Since 1986, he has reported for the Times from Central America, the Caribbean, West and Central Africa, Japan, Korea and now China. In 1997, his coverage of the fall of Mobuto Sese Seko won the Overseas Press Club of America’s award for best newspaper interpretation of foreign affairs. French was born in Washington, D.C., and now lives in Shanghai with his wife and their two children.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

CHAPTER ONE

Prehistory

CHAPTER TWO

Leviathan

CHAPTER THREE

Plague

CHAPTER FOUR

The Golden Bough

CHAPTER FIVE

Greater Liberia

CHAPTER SIX

Falling Apart

CHAPTER SEVEN

Where Peacocks Roam

CHAPTER EIGHT

Castles in the Sand

CHAPTER NINE

Tough Love

CHAPTER TEN

Long Knives

CHAPTER ELEVEN

Le Roi Est Mort (Long Live the King)

Notes

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307424303
Subtitle:
The Tragedy and Hope of Africa
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Creator:
Howard W. French
Author:
Howard W.French
Author:
French, Howard W.
Author:
Howard W. French
Subject:
History : Africa - General
Subject:
History : Africa - Central
Subject:
Africa - General
Subject:
Africa, central
Subject:
Africa, sub-saharan
Subject:
Africa, Sub-Saharan Social conditions.
Subject:
Africa
Subject:
Anthropology-Sub Saharan Africa
Subject:
World History-Africa
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20050412
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
280

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History and Social Science » World History » Africa
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"Synopsis" by , An account of the consequences of the century-long encounter between Africa and the Western world contends that Africa's natural resources have been exploited by Western interests, considers the roles of the region's leaders, traces the outbreaks of AIDS and the Ebola virus, and analyzes genocidal activities in Rwanda and the Congo. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.
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