The fate of africa is a comprehensive wonderfully readable survey of the entire continents recent past blessed with a strong clean prose style the author has delivered a work that offers an education in one volume and despite its length the book maintains the pace of an artful novel new york post. Puzzle why is it called the state of africa in britain and the fate of africa in the united states a totally fine run through of major developments in african politics since independence because it is mostly a narrative of the proximate causes of political events x dude overthrew x dude it privileges leadership focused explanations. Meredith a longtime observer of african affairs has written a reliable introduction to contemporary africa for the general reader the book proceeds chronologically from the misdeeds of the colonial era to the optimism of independence the errors of the 1960s and 1970s and the subsequent decay and present day drift although sometimes only faint in this rather discursive. The fate of africa from the hopes of freedom to the heart of despair a history of fifty years of independence from the hopes of freedom to the heart of despair a history of fifty years of independence by meredith martin publication date internet archive books delaware county district library ohio scanned in china. Npr coverage of the fate of africa from the hopes of freedom to the heart of despair a history of fifty years of independence by martin meredith news author interviews critics picks and more
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