Synopses & Reviews
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 Africas most devastating recent history-from the fall of Mobutu Sese Seko, to Charles Taylors 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 todays 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 Africas peoples, French also opens our eyes to the immense possibility that lies in Africas 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.
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.
Table of Contents
The Golden Bough
Where Peacocks Roam
Castles in the Sand
Le Roi Est Mort (Long Live the King)