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on 6 August 2015
A very thorough book that tries to address the economic history of Africa and essentially asks why it remains such a small player in global terms. With a subject such as this it is to be expected that a lot of academic terms and such will be used, but the author here seems to also fall foul of the classic using-two-long-words-when-one-short-one-will-do tactic that can be a serious barrier to the reader.
If you can wade through them however there is some excellent stuff here with a real analytical spin. Rather than just blindly blaming corruption like so many do this instead offers an insight into not only how Africa has ended up this way, but what is the likely shape of things to come.
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on 26 March 2012
I think this an excellent analysis. The book's scope is ambitious, and I was half-expecting sweeping statements, simplistic judgements, etc. But quite the opposite. Clearly, the author knows his stuff and isn't afraid to make arguments using his grasp of detail of the economic and political histories of African nations. For this 'general reader' it was refreshing to read a book on a complex subject that doesn't over-intellectualise or patronise by dumbing down, but provided real insight.
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on 31 October 2014
I am a student new to the general topic but so keen to learn about Africa. It's quite difficult to read and I gave up after a few chapters. It seems to focus on Africa as an economic entity as part of the global trade market.
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