Africa

Africa

Altered States, Ordinary Miracles

Book - 2010
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In captivating prose, Dowden spins tales of cults and commerce in Senegal and traditional spirituality in Sierra Leone; analyzes the impact of oil and the Internet on Nigeria and aid on Sudan; and examines what has gone so badly wrong in Rwanda and the Congo.
Publisher: New York : Public Affairs, 2010
ISBN: 9781586488161
1586488163
Branch Call Number: 960 Do
Description: xiv, 576 pages : maps ; 25 cm

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Jan 10, 2014

Outstanding collection of facts, history and personal anecdotes from the author who has lived, loved, and worked in Africa.
His final chapters analyzing the role China is playing in Africa is outstanding. Like "Dead Aid" he explains how aid can be counterproductive on the continent.
Overall, his book is much more positive and engaging than Meredith's "State of Africa".
I highly recommend it to people who want to understand post-colonial Africa.

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BRUCE PILCHER
Dec 31, 2012

This book has really helped me to understand the stories behind the headlines. It is well written and is easy to read. I did get a bit confused by all the unfamiliar names but I expect that in a book that surveys a broad topic.

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