Today, Africa is spoken of only in pessimistic terms. The sum of its misfortunes its wars, its despotisms, its corruption, its droughts is truly daunting. No other area of the world arouses such a sense of foreboding. Few states have managed to escape the downward spiral: Botswana stands out as a unique example of an enduring multi-party democracy; South Africa, after narrowly avoiding revolution, has emerged in the post-apartheid era as a well-managed democratic state. But most African countries are effectively bankrupt, prone to civil strife, subject to dictatorial rule, weighed down by debt, and heavily dependent on Western assistance for survival.
So what went wrong? How did Harold Macmillans winds of change turn into Tony Blairs scar on the conscience of the world? What happened to this vast continent, so rich in resources, culture and history, to bring it so close to destitution and despair in the space of two generations?
Focusing on the key personalities, events and themes of the independence era, Martin Merediths magisterial history seeks to explore and explain the myriad problems that Africa has faced in the past half-century, and faces still. From the giddy enthusiasms of the 1960s to the coming of tyrants and rapid decline, The State of Africa is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand how it came to this and what, if anything, is to be done. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I love this book, When I read about my the account of my country, no mistake was made by Martin.Published 12 days ago by Sam Abraham
Fantastic book. A wide breadth of research and understanding of the topic has surely gone into writing this book. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Thomas Wilson-Cop
My wife loves this book but she never gets around to writing any of these reviews.Published 1 month ago by Minder
Gives a historical perspective of Africa since the colonial time. Looks at each country and the challenges. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Aotblog
Enjoyed the African bits. they rest were just too long. Well researched.Published 2 months ago by tope
Magnificent book! No blaming, no guilt just tragedy. Wonderful examination of Africa in the second half of the 20th Century.Published 2 months ago by luanne wilson
For Africans and Non Africans alike. At times it read like a great novel some of the characters were literally jumping off the page at me . Read morePublished 2 months ago by Apotheosisz
Brilliantly written and very engaging. It taught me a lot without feeling like a history lesson. Highly recommend.Published 2 months ago by Uke256