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Africa's Future: Darkness to Destiny: How the past is shaping Africa's economic evolution Hardcover – 9 Feb 2012

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books (9 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846685699
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846685699
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 14.6 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 892,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Duncan Clarke's latest book on Africa sets out to answer tough questions about the continent, often asked but seldom satisfactorily answered: What shaped Africa's economies? What went wrong? And can its recent growth be sustained? The result is rather like travelling around Africa in the company of a knowledgeable and entertaining guide who draws lessons from the past while mapping out the future. Challenging theories and defying conventional wisdom throughout, he knows Africa too well to come up with easy or glib answers and provides a stimulating and thought-provoking journey. (Michael Holman, former Africa editor of Financial Times, London, was raised in central Africa and is author of three novels set in east Africa)

A richly detailed review of Africa's past and what it tells us about the future, providing a sobering view of the realities on the ground. Indispensable for anyone interested in global trends in the 21st century. (Ian Morris)

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One of the world's leading strategists on global oil exploration puts forward a unique reformulation of Africa's economic past, present and future, revealing the continent's changing political landscape and likely trajectories.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pentre on 26 Mar. 2012
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I think this an excellent analysis. The book's scope is ambitious, and I was half-expecting sweeping statements, simplistic judgements, etc. But quite the opposite. Clearly, the author knows his stuff and isn't afraid to make arguments using his grasp of detail of the economic and political histories of African nations. For this 'general reader' it was refreshing to read a book on a complex subject that doesn't over-intellectualise or patronise by dumbing down, but provided real insight.
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By lianghh on 31 Oct. 2014
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I am a student new to the general topic but so keen to learn about Africa. It's quite difficult to read and I gave up after a few chapters. It seems to focus on Africa as an economic entity as part of the global trade market.
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