The Fate of Africa: A History of the Continent Since Independence

The Fate of Africa: A History of the Continent Since Independence


By (author) Martin Meredith

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  • Publisher: PublicAffairs,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 816 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 231mm x 56mm | 1,021g
  • Publication date: 18 October 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1610390717
  • ISBN 13: 9781610390712
  • Edition: Revised
  • Edition statement: Revised, Updated
  • Illustrations note: Including three 8-pp. B/W photo inserts on text
  • Sales rank: 136,098

Product description

First published in 2005, The Fate of Africa was hailed by reviewers as "A masterpiece...The nonfiction book of the year" (The New York Post); "a magnificent achievement" (Weekly Standard); "a joy," (Wall Street Journal) and "one of the decade's most important works on Africa" (Publishers Weekly, starred review). Now Martin Meredith has revised this classic history to incorporate important recent developments, including the Darfur crisis in Sudan, Robert Mugabe's continued destructive rule in Zimbabwe, controversies over Western aid and exploitation of Africa's resources, the growing importance and influence of China, and the democratic movement roiling the North African countries of Tunisia, Egypt, and Jordan.

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Author information

Martin Meredith is a journalist, biographer, and historian who has written extensively on Africa. His books include Mandela: A Biography; Mugabe; Diamonds, Gold and War; Born in Africa; and, most recently, Fortunes of Africa. He lives near Oxford, England.