Death of Dignity

Death of Dignity : Angola's Civil War

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Angola has been embroiled in war almost continuously since its independence in 1975. Yet despite countless casualties, including some two million displaced people, Western media have paid scant attention to this most devastating of internal conflicts.Victoria Brittain has witnessed the horror and destruction in Angola for longer than almost any other western journalist. In Death of Dignity she uniquely combines a narrative of the war based on historical political analysis with firsthand accounts of many decisive events, and portraits of leading personalities. The author examines the origin and course of the conflict and demonstrates how Africa's most heroic revolution was deliberately derailed and destroyed by United States foreign policy. Death of Dignity unveils an important and much neglected history, and one that is vital to a thorough understanding of postcolonial Africa.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 128 pages
  • 135 x 215mm
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745312527
  • 9780745312521

About Victoria Brittain

Victoria Brittain lived and worked as a journalist in Washington, Nairobi, Saigon, Algiers and London, and has travelled extensively in Africa and the Middle East. She worked at the Guardian for 20 years. She is author of Death of Dignity: Angola's Civil War (1997), co-author of Moazzam Begg's Guantanamo memoir, Enemy Combatant (2006) and author and co-author of two verbatim plays.show more

Table of contents

Note on Sources Leading Characters Introduction 1. Birth of Africa's brightest hope, 1975-6 2. The remaking of Unita, 1976-84 3. A war of ideology, 1985-87 4. Havana's last stand, 1987-89 5. Losing the peace, 1991-92 6. Another Somalia - the war of the cities, 1992-94 7. The state destroyed, 1995/6 Indexshow more

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'Tells the story of a revolution destroyed, analysing the moves of the mighty and speaking up for the millions who have suffered as a result' -- Guardian 'Few journalists know Angola better than Victoria Brittain. This is an excellent and timely account of a conflict for which we in the West share much of the blame' -- Jon Snow, newscastershow more

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