Africa : Dispatches from a Fragile Continent

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A remarkable and controversial book about the reality of modern Africa by distinguished American reporter, Blaine Harden.This remarkable book is the first to get behind the picture post-card presentation of modern Africa. harden reveals the true and often unsightly picture of this vast continent. The issues he addresses - the incompetent intervention of Western governments and the battle between the tribal way of life and modernity - are presented through lucid and gripping stories about individual people and incidents Harden has known. He himself was once thrown out of Kenya for the strength and accuracy of his reporting; this book will cause and equal stir in the debate about where Africa is going and what itis becoming.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 334 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 26mm | 240.41g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • Flamingo
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 13pp b&w photographs
  • 0006378560
  • 9780006378563
  • 752,314

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`The best contemporary book on Africa.' Richard Dowden, Independent`This is an extraordinary and frightening book. Blaine Harden evokes with passion, argument , and fabulous stories the destruction of Africa. He is a superb reporter and writer.' William Shawcross`Harden's "dispatches" peel back the traditional mystique of the so-called "dark continent" and identify enduring African values of family, religion and fellowship. Authoritative, entertaining and mercifully free of giraffes and safari suits.' Observer`An outstanding account of the complexities of the fragile continent. Few writers can match harden's insights into the continent's malaise.' Financial Times
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About Blaine Harden

From 1985 to 1989, Blaine Harden was bureau chief for the Washington Post in sub-Saharan Africa. Born in the state of Washington, he received his masters degree in newspaper journalism from Syracuse University. He won the Livingston Award for feature writing in 1987.
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