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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the US edition of 'The State of Africa', 28 Jun. 2007
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This review is from: The Fate of Africa: A History of Fifty Years of Independence (Paperback)
We are advised to buy 'Fate of Africa' together with 'State of Africa', but they are the same book - 'Fate' is the US edition, 'State' is the UK edition. It's a very good account of the history of Africa, but I for one don't need two copies and would not have bought 'Fate' if I'd known it was the same as 'State', which I bought from Amazon 2 years ago. This is not the first time I have been misled in this way; Amazon really needs to provide better bibliographic details to help customers avoid wasting their money.
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Initial post: 19 Feb 2008, 22:08:59 GMT
Glossine says:
Thanks for enlightening us. Very useful. I sure don't need another copy of "The State of Africa" even if a agree with the 5 stars. Then again, what is the exact point of adapting the title to the US/UK market?

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Mar 2009, 11:20:40 GMT
Mark T says:
Americans will probably be confused by the word "State" in "State of Africa". It has different meanings.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jan 2010, 11:09:41 GMT
I would have said that it was almost common sense to know that this was one and the same book: almost identical titles, same publication year, and both with an identical subheading which clearly shows the book's intent ("a history of 50 years of independence"). But you're right, Amazon should not be recommending this as a "frequently bought together" offer. And I see they're still doing it two and a half years after your review.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Dec 2012, 11:21:58 GMT
Last edited by the author on 10 Dec 2012, 11:22:49 GMT
Surely Americans know the difference between the meanings of the word 'state'? Surely even they know that Africa is a continent, not a 'state' (country).
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