A Continent for the Taking
The Tragedy and Hope of Africa
Howard W. French
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In A Continent for the Taking Howard W. French, a veteran correspondent for The New York Times, gives a compelling firsthand account of some of Africa’s most devastating recent history–from the fall of Mobutu Sese Seko, to Charles Taylor’s arrival in Monrovia, to the genocide in Rwanda and the Congo that left millions dead. Blending eyewitness reportage with rich historical insight, French searches deeply into the causes of today’s events, illuminating the debilitating legacy of colonization and the abiding hypocrisy and inhumanity of both Western and African political leaders.
While he captures the tragedies that have repeatedly befallen Africa’s peoples, French also opens our eyes to the immense possibility that lies in Africa’s complexity, diversity, and myriad cultural strengths. The culmination of twenty-five years of passionate exploration and understanding, this is a powerful and ultimately hopeful book about a fascinating and misunderstood continent.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publishers Weekly Review
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Excellent eyewitness account
Sometimes his bias comes out a little too directly, but well written account of the politics, with a good helping of atmospherics, of central and west Africa in the 1990's.
French does a phenomenal job of depicting events he witnessed. He clearly has a passion for this continent. With each paragraph, you get beautiful descriptions of the country he's in at that time.