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3.0 out of 5 stars A good read but seems politically loaded and ill-informed, 2 Feb. 2014
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This review is from: Ten Weeks in Africa (Hardcover)
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A book about corruption and foreign aid in Africa is always going to be a political hot potato. I'd hoped when I started reading that it had been written by someone with real experience of the complexities of this field. Instead it turns out the author has never had an experience, and has done their 'research' by speaking to people whose minds are already made up on the topic. It's not that I think the author's portrayal of aid in Africa is wrong necessarily (I wouldn't know). It's more that, if I'm going to read a fiction book on the subject, I would rather it wasn't reinforcing so many prejudices and stereotypes without the author really knowing what they're on about.

All the same, it's an enjoyable read, hence the three stars.
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