In A Continent for the Taking, Howard W. French, a veteran correspondent for The New York Times, gives a compelling firsthand account of some of Africa's most devastating recent history - from the fall of Mobutu Sese Seko, to Charles Taylor's arrival in Monrovia, to the genocide in Rwanda and the Congo that left millions dead.
Blending eyewitness reportage with rich historical insight, French searches deeply into the causes of today's events, illuminating the debilitating legacy of colonization and the abiding hypocrisy and inhumanity of both Western and African political leaders. While he captures the tragedies that have repeatedly befallen Africa's peoples, French also opens our eyes to the immense possibility that lies in Africa's complexity, diversity, and myriad cultural strengths.
The culmination of 25 years of passionate exploration and understanding, this is a powerful and ultimately hopeful book about a fascinating and misunderstood continent.
"Persuasive.... The tone is grim, but French also finds an unquenchable African spirit." (The Washington Post Book World)
"[French’s] skill as a writer - in particular his telling anecdotes, fascinating historical narratives and prescriptions for a complex continent he clearly loves - is compelling.... He succeeds brilliantly in helping readers understand the continent and its people." (The Globe & Mail, Toronto)
"This is the best book about Africa to come out in some time." (Chicago Tribune)
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A story to pay your attention to
Is not a historical overview, it's a narrative
Learning about dictators, uprising, and problems in modern Africa.
The use of personal stories, combining with historical events.
A narrative of a late 20th century journalist.
Do not get this book if you are looking for historical overview of Africa. Although the title indicates that it would focus on colonial powers taking and reshaping Africa, in fact it focuses on civil wars and dictators of the authors experience.