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A Hand to Guide ME
A Hand to Guide ME
by Denzel Washington
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just OK, 13 Jan 2010
This review is from: A Hand to Guide ME (Hardcover)
I expected an full account of the actor's life, it turned out to be a number of short accounts about some famous people on what in their life's experiences changed or had most impact on them.

Future Organizational Design : The Scope for the IT-Based Enterprise
Future Organizational Design : The Scope for the IT-Based Enterprise
by Lars Groth
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars A great book, 13 Jan 2010
This is an interesting account of how Information technology has impacted social organisations. A must read for students or anyone interested in modern organisational structures and the role of IT in them.

Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution
Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution
by Simon Schama
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.59

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very educative & entertaining, 13 Jan 2010
Schama has written a very important historical account linking slavery, abolitionists, the American war of independence and leading to the founding of the city of Freetown in Sierraleone in a way and style not seen before. I grew up in The Gambia where I have often wondered as a child where some of the neighbourhood kids with foreign sounding (mostly Scot and English lastnames) names came from or how they got their names, looking just like me, but different names. They belonged to the Aku or Creole group who spoke a language akin to english, and had different manners; generally better educated, more western in demeanour than the rest of us and were generally civil servants, lawyers, doctors, priests etc. I would later come to know of their connection to Freetown and their connection to ex-slaves in the same way Liberia was, but the knowledge of how they came to Freetown was less known to me than the perhaps the americo-liberians.
Schama's Rough crossing, not only filled in the missing gaps, but was full of very important pieces of information about the populations and conditions of black people in London in the late 1700s, the involvement of the clackson brothers in the abolition movement. The account, although shows how important a role wilberfoce played in the London Abolition movement as the advocate in parliament, there were other instrumental figures who commiteed their whole lifes to the pursuits of shaping the English laws to improve the lifes of former slaves in England and the slave colonies. Schame explores extensively the American war of independence and the role of slaves in the fait of that war. The highlight of the book for me is the account of the preparation and endeavour to transport the slaves who won their freedom fighting for the british side, initially transported to Novo Scotia where they were ill treated by the settler white community and decided to move to Freetown when given the opportunity. The sea voyage from Canada to Africa was very fascinating. I honesty could not put the book down. It sent me through a roller coaster of emotions. It was indeed a rough crossing mired in problems with the ocean so rough that some of the ships were almost lost. Its as if the ocean was against the idea of the journey. Lifes were lost on the way but they eventually saw land with all ships intact. Schama then goes on to piece together the lifes of the settlers, their challenges and ways they overcame them in their new environment. There were significant drawbacks, many of the settlers died from diseases but like all people, adapted to their new environment and learn to grown food. The story had a happy ending. The city of Freetown took shape, developed its form of government, legal system, schools, public health etc.
Its sad when one thinks about Freetown today, to think that all that tireless work and the blood shed in buidling the country would end up what it is today.
This book is brilliant and written with quotations written in the language of 1700hrs of both Africans, English and Americans.
I strongly recommend anyone interested in west african history to read it.

The Shadow of the Sun: My African Life
The Shadow of the Sun: My African Life
by Ryszard Kapuscinski
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars An Exerllent resource, 8 Dec 2007
Once in a while you come across a book both entertaining and loaded with useful information. Shadow of the Sun is one them - I found the author's interspersing of narrative with historical commentary very useful in understanding the present circumstances of many of the places he visited - it puts everything into context. The author has done an excellent and accessible account of his African experiences.

Africa is a big and complex continent as the author even admits and warns of failure at any generalization attempts. He however falls into this trap in some instances. I found some of his attempts at accounting the 'metaphysical African' completely unrecognizable as an African. For example in one of the chapters, he found himself in a Nigerian church in the Delta and goes on to explore African religions. He concludes that they incompatible with Christianity. He observed that Africans do not feel guilt and that to them, as long as a crime or an evil deed is undiscovered, it remains an innocent/normal action. I found that to be completely untrue. How else can one explain the forgiveness of bad thoughts in the practice of the traditional African religions I am aware, that includes am sure, the area of Nigeria he found himself. There are a few similar instances in the book, but overall, this author has an extraordinary interaction with Africans in a way most Europeans don't. He is an excellent observer and very detail in his accounts.

This is a great read and I am looking forward to reading more of his books

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