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5.0 out of 5 stars
Brilliantly accurate political and social overview of various African nations, 3 April 2014
I bought this book when I was living West Africa. Mr Dowden starts his book with an almost-too-happy account of his time as a naive young educator in Uganda. I was initially turned off by his constant insistence that 'Africa is great' because I wanted to read a book that reflected my feelings and observations as a young westerner on the continent. However the chapters following his introduction are realistic, objectively written, concise yet hugely informative. This isn't a book that will fill you with hope that Africa is a rising power but it will provide you with an overview of the socio-political blunders that have hindered growth in various sub-Saharan nations.