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Africa's Future: Darkness to Destiny: How the past is shaping Africa's economic evolution Paperback – 28 Feb 2013

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  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books (28 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846685702
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846685705
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 692,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If I need to know anything about oil in Africa, I go straight to this book (Richard Dowden, director of the Royal African Society)

Duncan Clarke's latest book on Africa sets out to answer tough questions about the continent, often asked but seldom satisfactorily answered: What shaped Africa's economies? What went wrong? And can its recent growth be sustained? The result is rather like travelling around Africa in the company of a knowledgeable and entertaining guide who draws lessons from the past while mapping out the future. (Michael Holman, former Africa editor of Financial Times)

A richly detailed review of Africa's past and what it tells us about the future, providing a sobering view of the realities on the ground. Indispensable for anyone interested in global trends in the 21st century. (Ian Morris)

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One of the world's leading strategists on global oil exploration puts forward a unique reformulation of Africa's economic past, present and future.

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I am a student new to the general topic but so keen to learn about Africa. It's quite difficult to read and I gave up after a few chapters. It seems to focus on Africa as an economic entity as part of the global trade market.
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A very thorough book that tries to address the economic history of Africa and essentially asks why it remains such a small player in global terms. With a subject such as this it is to be expected that a lot of academic terms and such will be used, but the author here seems to also fall foul of the classic using-two-long-words-when-one-short-one-will-do tactic that can be a serious barrier to the reader.
If you can wade through them however there is some excellent stuff here with a real analytical spin. Rather than just blindly blaming corruption like so many do this instead offers an insight into not only how Africa has ended up this way, but what is the likely shape of things to come.
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I think this an excellent analysis. The book's scope is ambitious, and I was half-expecting sweeping statements, simplistic judgements, etc. But quite the opposite. Clearly, the author knows his stuff and isn't afraid to make arguments using his grasp of detail of the economic and political histories of African nations. For this 'general reader' it was refreshing to read a book on a complex subject that doesn't over-intellectualise or patronise by dumbing down, but provided real insight.
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