A Continent for the Taking: The Tragedy and Hope of Africa by Howard W. French

By Howard W. French

Africa first captivated New York instances journalist Howard W. French greater than twenty-five years in the past, yet his wisdom of and fervour for the continent has the intensity of a life-time organization. His reviews there woke up him as not anything ahead of to the selfishness and shortsightedness of the wealthy, the pain and dignity of the terrible and the makes use of and abuses of energy. And during this powerfully written, profoundly felt publication, he supplies us an unstinting account of the disastrous effects of the fateful, centuries-old come upon among Africa and the West.

French delineates the betrayal and greed of the West–often aided and abetted by means of Africa’s personal leaders–that have given upward push to the expanding exploitation of Africa’s typical assets and its humans. Coarse self-interest and outright greed as soon as generated a necessity for the continent’s rubber, cotton, gold and diamonds, let alone slaves; now the sights comprise offshore oil reserves and minerals like coltan, which powers mobile phones.

He takes us inside of Nigeria, Liberia, Mali and the Congo, studying with strange perception the legacy of colonization within the lives of up to date Africans. He seems to be on the tragedies of the AIDS epidemic, the Ebola outbreak and the genocide that ended in thousands of deaths in Rwanda and the Congo. He makes transparent the systematic failure of Western political leaders–the nurturers of tyrants similar to Mobuto Sese Seko and Laurent Kabila, whose tales are advised the following in complete detail–and the brutal excesses of the CIA.

In aiding us to higher comprehend the continent, and certainly Africans themselves, French is helping us see in addition the desire and danger that lie within the myriad cultural strengths of Africa.

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