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5.0 out of 5 stars Eritrea explained - brilliantly!, 1 Mar. 2005
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This review is from: I Didn't Do It For You: How the World Betrayed a Small African Nation (Hardcover)
For any reader who took pleasure in reading Ms Wrong's first book, it was difficult to believe that In the Footsteps of Mr Kurtz could be bettered. How? Having now read I Didn't Do It For You, I can safely say that I could not have been more wrong (if you will excuse the pun!). Few chroniclers of African history have been as thorough in their research, as objective in their analysis and as compelling in their style. History books tend to be difficult to read. Most non-scholarly types read them because they have to, not because they want to. Not so with I Didn't Do It For You. It is page-turningly riveting. Ms Wrong has not just done it again but surpassed herself.
Eritrea is not a country which instantly grabs the imagination. One picks up Ms Wrong's book with a degree of curiosity. Why Eritrea? But as the story unfolds and one learns of the designs of Ferdinando Martini, the ghastly battle of Keren, the ridiculously grandiloquent Lion of Judah, the dreadful Super Power ding-dong wars and the crying shame of the last few years, one's heart bleeds for that benighted country. In Ms Wrong's words "Poor Eritrea."
This book is essential reading for anyone who is serious about understanding Africa's past and its bearing on the present. Eritrea is a superb example of the fall-out of the infamous Berlin Conference. Nobody before Ms Wrong has been dogged enough to do the research into this complicated story. She has courage and intelligence which she employs to superb effect. I salute her.
Gitau Githinji
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