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This book is not what I expected. It is more a history of Liberia than a biography of Chucky Taylor. It is well written and informative.
The narration is exceptional. His voice matches the text, at times impartial and informative and at other times it's filled with the pathos and accents of the victims of the Taylors.
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You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
What sets this book apart from other bios of third world warlords is that its subject, Chucky Taylor, was born in the United States and spent his formative years there. Other than that, I didn’t find the narrative all that compelling. There is little about Taylor or his story to hold the listener’s interest – his banality, cruelty, and seeming lack of insight into the effect of his actions on those around him could be the story of any number of faceless tyrants that have been all too depressingly common in the history of the dark continent. I had expected a “rise and fall” story of an evil but perhaps compelling figure but there is little here to suggest Taylor did little more than stumble into power by birthright before fading away to irrelevance. In this case, truth is duller than fiction.
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