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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Zed Books Ltd; 1 edition (9 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842779338
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842779330
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.3 x 21.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 235,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By JSC on 14 Feb 2012
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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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss Marwa Ahmed on 20 Jun 2013
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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
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By RAS on 19 Mar 2012
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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.
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By G.I.Forbes on 13 Dec 2012
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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.
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By G Standen on 9 Nov 2014
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A really interesting overview of a country which has been hidden from outside view by the mask of conflict and danger
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