The Shackled Continent

The Shackled Continent : Power, Corruption, and African Lives

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A former Africa editor for The Economist, Robert Guest addresses the troubled continent's thorniest problems: war, AIDS, and above all, poverty. Newly updated with a preface that considers political and economic developments of the past six years, The Shackled Continent is engrossing, highly readable, and as entertaining as it is tragic. Guest pulls the veil off the corruption and intrigue that cripple so many African nations, posing a provocative theory that Africans have been impoverished largely by their own leaders' abuses of power. From the minefields of Angola to the barren wheat fields of Zimbabwe, Guest gathers startling evidence of the misery African leaders have inflicted on their people. But he finds elusive success stories and examples of the resilience and resourcefulness of individual Africans, too; from these, he draws hope that the continent will eventually prosper. Guest offers choices both commonsense and controversial for Africans and for those in the West who wish Africa well.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 152 x 226 x 20mm | 421.84g
  • Smithsonian Books
  • Washington, DC, United States
  • English
  • 1588342972
  • 9781588342973
  • 866,429

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“This is the book for those who despair for Africa, but even more, it is the book for those who despise Africa. [Guest's writing reveals] his journalist's determination to unravel Africa's complicated, seemingly intractable problems and his economists' determination to rectify them. . . . You can't know how cynical and complacent you've become about the world's problems until you take this journey with Robert Guest.”—Debra Dickerson, author of "The End of Blackness: Returning the Souls of Black Folk to their Rightful Owners." “Guest recognizes that the economic modernization he advocates comes with a price, but he is nonetheless optimistic. Readers may be moved enough to find ways of being so, too.”—"Publishers Weekly"show more

About Robert Guest

Robert Guest is a Washington correspondent for The Economist and regularly appears on CNN and the BBC. Previously, he covered Africa for seven years, based in London and Johannesburg. He has also worked as a correspondent in Tokyo and a freelance writer in South Korea. He lives in Washington, DC.show more

Table of contents

Preface Introduction: Why is Africa So Poor? The Vampire State Digging Diamonds, Digging Graves No Title Sex and Death The Son of a Snake is a Snake Fair Aid, Free Trade Of Potholes and Grasping Gendarmes Wiring the Wilderness Beyond the Rainbow Nation Conclusion: One Step at a Time Epilogue Notes Indexshow more

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465 ratings
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4 40% (184)
3 26% (122)
2 3% (14)
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