A useful introduction to Africa.,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Africans (Paperback)
For a 371 page book last published over ten years age about a continent made up of 50+ countries, The Africans is a good book. Because of all of those limitations just listed, it does have its short comings. This book should be taken for what it is - a journalist's account of what Lamb learned by travelling around Africa for four years. This is not an academic account of a complicated continent. What The Africans does provide is a good introduction to the geography and politics of a continent. Because it was written 15 years ago, some of the countries Lamb had high hopes for (Nigeria, Sudan, Zimbabwe) have not turned out as he predicted, and some of the countries that he dispaired (Uganda, Ghana) have turned out to be the shining stars of the 1990's in Africa. Of course, on such a dynamic continent, most predictions are bound to be proven inaccurate.
All in all, it is a good read and offers up some good facts as well.