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Enlightening if a bit one sided,
This review is from: The Shackled Continent: Africa's Past, Present and Future (Paperback)I think this is a worthwhile read for anyone interested in why sub-Saharan Africa is in such a state. Guests politics shine through a bit too much, and his prejudiced and ill informed snipes at socialism / Marxism are a bit irritating. But, get beyond this and he has an interesting take on things. He has a readable style that draws you in and makes what could have been a dry tome an interesting read.
While recognising that the legacy of colonialism plays its part in Africa's problems, not least in the way colonial governments stoked up ethnic tensions. His fundamental view is that it is the poor quality of African government that is the major cause of poverty, and he presents a convincing and well argued case to support this.
It isn't all doom and gloom though, and in giving examples both of well used and targeted aid, and where some states have taken positive steps he gives reason to be positive about Africa's future.