This has done what books on Somalia rarely do it outlines the hidden Somalia that has survived the decades of turmoil. Accessible and enlightening, this is an important book not just for the international reader but also those shaping global policy on Somalia. --Rageh Omaar
'The most accessible and accurate account available of the contemporary Somali world pirates and all.' --Iaon Lewis, author of Understanding Somalia and Somaliland
About the Author
Mary Harper is a BBC journalist specializing in Africa. She has reported from Somalia since the outbreak of civil war in 1991 and from other war zones across Africa, including Sudan, Liberia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. She has written for several publications including The Economist and The Washington Post.