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on 24 May 2015
For such a talented historian and author, it can only be described as a shame that Thomas Pakenham has written so few books in this genre. The narrative draws you in as though you're reading the latest thriller, despite the subject matter being extremely complex and multi-faceted.

"The Scramble for Africa" covers approximately a 40 year period, the entire continent of Africa, and the major powers of Western Europe. The number of characters are vast and at sometimes overwhelming. Pakenham does a remarkable job in weaving these various strands together into a coherent tapestry that explain why and how the continent looks as it does today, and the role that Europe had in this.

Weighing in at 738 pages, this book had the potential to drag, but Pakenham's delightful narrative ensures that, with a good degree of concentration, this incredible period of history unfolds in a clear, concise manner. This is exactly how history books should be written.
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on 30 April 2015
This should be compulsory reading as a set text concerning the selfishness, greed and inhumanity any human can sink to. Frightening that 'western' civilisation quickly capitalised on low-cost 'slave' labour and how willing the 'african' nations were to sell their brothers and sisters for profit backed and supported by those people of the 'One' God!
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on 4 February 2016
Wonderful full-size info about who (and why) did what to unlucky Africa
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on 18 February 2015
Great book. fast delivery
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on 5 August 2011
I love this book its huge and I'll probably never read it in its entirety but this is fantastic for reference. I read chapters here and there as needs very informative, written beautifully.

Looks intimidating but time flys reading it.
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on 12 November 2010
Bought as a present which was very well received, the person was extremely happy with the content and the quality of the book, which made me happy also. The book arrived before its estimated arrival time, which was fantastic. Very pleased with the book, I think the seller undersold the condition of the book as their view was that it was in 'good' condition, it is in brilliant condition and I would not hesitate to use this company again, and would recommend them to others.
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