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Handbook Commissioned by Sudanese Sugar Company2 July 2008
M. W. Daly
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This huge book (some 900 pages) was commissioned by the Kenana Sugar Company and includes chapters on the land, people, history and economy of the Sudan. As a multi-authored work it varies greatly in the scope and quality of the chapters. The editing is weak: typographical and factual errors abound; transliteration varies from traditional to bizarre. The book is copiously illustrated; many illustrations have no provenance or even captions. There is no index. The book weighs six pounds, so use as a "travel guide" would be problematic. As a resource for the Sudan's recent history - vexed as that has been by a repressive regime, genocide in Darfur, and a twenty-year civil war in the South that claimed hundreds of thousands of lives - the book is unhelpful. Handbooks from Kegan Paul on Libya and Iran have also been announced.