This is a very contemporary, frank and informed analysis of a country that has continued to confound observers with its incredible resilience inspite of myriad political, economic, social, religious and ethnic challenges. The writer, perhaps because of his long links to the country, has been able, to a large degree, to come to grips with many of the reasons why the country continues to stumble: the complacency of the led, the selfishness of the elite and a leadership that is essentially a composite of these attitudes. Even I, as a Nigerian, was forced to re-interrogate some of my views by the author's incisive grasp of the character of the country. However, while it is true that the coming of the British and their forcing together of extremely diverse nations and cultures into one state has had its impact on what an independent Nigeria subsequently became, the decisions post-independence that led to the civil war and ultimately the blame for the recurring decimal of instability and state inefficiency must rest squarely at the doorstep of the ruling elite and the complicity of its people. It is brave writing, combining a measure of angst with a measure of almost cruel frankness and should make all Nigerians who read it sit up, look around them and accept that in some measure, large or small, we are all responsible for where we find ourselves today. The tragedy is that today, not enough of the educated classes read enough if at all. perhaps if one million literate Nigerians read this book, things might start to change.