£13.48
  • RRP: £14.99
  • You Save: £1.51 (10%)
FREE Delivery in the UK.
Only 2 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Quantity:1
Getting Somalia Wrong?: F... has been added to your Basket
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Getting Somalia Wrong?: Faith and War in a Shattered State (African Arguments) Paperback – 9 Feb 2012

5 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
£13.48
£8.17 £7.99
Note: This item is eligible for click and collect. Details
Pick up your parcel at a time and place that suits you.
  • Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
  • Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
How to order to an Amazon Pickup Location?
  1. Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
  2. Dispatch to this address when you check out
Learn more
£13.48 FREE Delivery in the UK. Only 2 left in stock (more on the way). Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

  • Getting Somalia Wrong?: Faith and War in a Shattered State (African Arguments)
  • +
  • The World's Most Dangerous Place: Inside the Outlaw State of Somalia
  • +
  • Al-Shabaab in Somalia: The History and Ideology of a Militant Islamist Group, 2005-2012 (Somali Politics and History)
Total price: £44.71
Buy the selected items together

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your e-mail address or mobile phone number.




Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Zed Books Ltd; 1 edition (9 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842779338
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842779330
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 303,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • See Complete Table of Contents

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Product Description

Review

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.


Inside This Book

(Learn More)
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Index | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
12
4 star
0
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 12 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book was waiting for me when I returned home from Somalia this morning. I flicked through the pages and was immediately drawn in. Abandoning work for the rest of the day, I instead consumed it in one go, so forgive a lack of eloquence in my haste to commend this book to you. The book is readable, accessible and colourful - beautifully written, and in the best BBC journalistic style gives an honest, balanced and positive overview of life and hope in Somalia. It has helped me to set my own experience in context and think a little more deeply about how I might approach my next visit more effectively. It is not an academic book but essential reading for anyone interested in giving a fair hearing to a severely mis-represented nation. I think it would be advisable as pre-reading for anyone planning on working in the region and certainly offers better value than alarming googled articles, patronising blogs and my expensive and poorly informed Lonely Planet which simply advises: don't go there, it's awful.
Comment 12 of 14 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is an outstanding overview of Somalia. With relevant history, insights and analysis, Harper unpicks some of the more subtle threads contributing to what is a highly complex situation. For an introduction to some of the most topical issues, this is a fantastic place to start; very well written and highly readable, with some good pointers in the right direction for other related reads.
Comment 4 of 5 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
This interesting book gives an alternarive view as to why Somalia is in the state that it is in today.
The author blames a)colonialism b)the clans c)Islamism and d)outside interfearance particularly from the USA.
The section on Islamism shows how the various sects, Al-itihaad,Al-shabaab ,and the Union of Islamic Courts each contributed to the wreckage but the author blames the total ignorance of the Americans as the principal cause
There is a good section on the relationship between fishing and pirracy.A first class study.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Loved the book and the way it was written. As a Somali it was helpful to read the previous history before the civil war. Thoroughly enjoyed it
Comment 1 of 1 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
A very useful insight into the political and social climate of Somalia. It provided me with valuable lessons of what may be considered a biased view. Nevertheless, it was an excellent read, very informative and I highly recommend this book to all my friend, family and work colleagues who wish to understand the real situation on the ground in the real gem of the Africa.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
great book, as good a place as any to sart, brings Somalia to life with its many complexities and problems and just how the west has failed to really get a grasp on dealing with the country.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse


Feedback