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Thomas Keneally, in his recent book Three Famines, takes a rather clinical approach to mass starvation. The reader expecting any sentimentality toward the victims of such eras will not find it here. Readers will, however, come away with a deeper understanding of the factors contributing to famines. Keneally makes his points through revisiting the potato famine in Ireland, the Bengal starvation in 1942, and the Ethiopian experience with intermittent famines later in the century. He makes the case that each of the three resulted from the ideology and mindsets of governmental leaders, racial perception, and administrative bungling or malfeasance. Segments of the book are not for the faint of heart, but a reading of this volume will open and inform the minds of all who take the time for it. The reading of Peter Byrne is appropriate and well done.
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Famine is something we should all be much more aware of and this book explains in detail 3 particular famines, the Irish potato famine, the Bengal famine during WW2 and the famines in Ethiopa and NE Africa of the late 20th century. Author covers medical, agricultural and political aspects of each famine and highlights common failings that lead to each disaster and which failed to relieve them. An important and well presented book.