Africa: Dispatches from a Fragile Continent: Despatches from a Fragile Continent Paperback – 19 Nov 1992
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‘The best contemporary book on Africa.’ Richard Dowden, Independent
‘This is an extraordinary and frightening book. Blaine Harden evokes with passion, argument , and fabulous stories the destruction of Africa. He is a superb reporter and writer.’ William Shawcross
‘Harden’s “dispatches” peel back the traditional mystique of the so-called “dark continent” and identify enduring African values of family, religion and fellowship. Authoritative, entertaining and mercifully free of giraffes and safari suits.’ Observer
‘An outstanding account of the complexities of the fragile continent. Few writers can match harden’s insights into the continent’s malaise.’ Financial Times
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This remarkable and controversial book is the first to get behind the picture post-card presentation of modern Africa. A distinguished American reporter, Harden reveals the true and often unsightly picture of this vast continent. The issues he addresses – the incompetent intervention of Western governments and the battle between the tribal way of life and modernity – are presented through lucid and gripping stories about individual people and incidents Harden has known. He himself was once thrown out of Kenya for the strength and accuracy of his reporting; this book will cause an equal stir in the debate about where Africa is going and what it is becoming.
"This is an extraordinary and frightening book. Blaine Harden evokes with passion, argument, and fabulous stories the destruction of Africa at the end of the millenium. He is a superb reporter and writer."
"Harden's 'dispatches' peel back the traditional mystique of the so-called 'dark continent' and identify enduring African values of family, religion and fellowship. Authoritative, entertaining and mercifully free of giraffes and safari suits."
"An outstanding account of the complexities of the fragile continent. Few writers can match Harden's insights into the continent's malaise."
MICHAEL HOLMAN, 'Financial Times'
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This perhaps one of the finest narratives on Africa that I have ever read! I highly recommend!Published 4 months ago by KD
VERY GOOD PRODUCT. BUT NOT INTERESTING BOOK TO READ. ARRIVED AS SAID
It represents the last century thinking of Africans being wretched
a book that covers a lot of aspects.
sometime it is a bit dated but times move fast in this world.
a very good read !