But most people don't have time or interest to pick up Meredith's book. Guest looks at some of Africa's major problems with the eye of an economist, and his conclusions are both fascinating and accurate. That said, could be useful to spur discussion of how portrayals of Africa that masquerade as unbiased accounts because of their lack of blatant offense, continue to shape international relations and public perceptions. In his second election Kagame managed to take even more of the vote than in 2003 with around 95% of the vote. Guest admits that it is « easy to find colonial roots for modern problems ». But the glib, pithy manner in which the medicine is prescribed assumes too many things and argues too few, and introduces a homogeneity to the problems of the continent that simply isn't correct or true. In each of those cases the bulk of development came from within, even with foreign assistance.
From the 1970s, white governments spent much more on black education, although the racial gap was never eliminated. By making things and providing services that other people want to buy. While the book does not offer all of the historical details nor does it portend to of some of the larger volumes like Martin's it hits on all of the major themes that one finds across the bigger books and it does so in a shorter more organized way that I would have probably liked to have read first if I could go back in time. As the author points out, tribalism,abuse of power and corruption of post colonial leaders are significant root causes of SubSaharan Africa's seemingly perpetual poverty. Ben Maclennan, Apartheid: The Lighter Side, Carrefour, Cape Town, 1990, p. World Bank, Can Africa Claim the 21 st Century? Guest's insights are good, his logic interesting, but his writing style is a bit off-putting in that it seems somewhat sensationalising and falsely inimating. Cited in World Bank, 1998, p.
Kagame must realise he is no longer holding a shattered country together where further genocide could break out again. Readers may be moved enough to find ways of being so, too. The culture of violence and corruption that has kept Africa on its knees shows no sign of changing. Guest explains complicated concepts political and economical in a clear and concise way. In the late 1990s, most land was given to rich, well-connected people, including cabinet ministers. It is a fact that Africa was carved up, ruled and exploited by colonial powers for centuries. He uses personal accounts, first-person interviews and historical reference to solidify his points and lends an overall hopeful tone to his book.
The international tribunal, which is in Arusha, Tanzania, hands down maximum sentences of life imprisonment; middle-ranking génocidaires, tried in Rwanda, face execution. One memorable passage responds to opponents of multinational corporate expansion into Africa on the grounds that the jobs they create are exploitative of a population that will accept less pay. The Shackled Continent is a lively and provocative read -- R. I found it puerile, shallow, and patronising, but also very dangerous in its agenda suggesting that embracing capitalism will be the end to all of Africa's woes. This marvelous phrase was coined by Declan Walsh, an intrepid Irish scribbler.
Robert Guest, through a series of personal travel stories, explains the causes and his proposed solutions to Africa's poverty. It would be interesting to see how they've changed in the past 5-10 years. From the minefields of Angola to the barren wheat fields of Zimbabwe, Guest gathers startling evidence of the misery African leaders have inflicted on their people. De Beers might be an exception. Bad points: Guest obviously has no idea that socialism can be a spectrum the same as capitalism and dismisses any slightly left-of-centre ideas brusquely. As a Brit, to his credit, he refuses to sweep under the carpet the tragic chapter of colonialism, but he equally refuses to let current African leaders off the hook.
Though his opinions may be controversial with African governments and westerners alike, they do make a lot of sense. Cited in Financial Times, 18 April 2001. . There were some bits that rankled me though as in the beginning of the book, he very clearly states that the Saharan States are not included in his analysis of the the Sub-Sahara countries he's familiar with and reports on, but every once in awhile he throws in Algeria to drive in a point. We are missionaries to the Tsonga and Venda people of S.
You only have to read one chapter of either of these books to learn more about Africa than the whole of Guest's book. Countries like Botswana, Tanzania, and South Africa have made enormous strides and not fallen prey to the serious ethnic and leadership problems plaguing most of the continent's nations, despite having similar conditions that could easily have led them down the same path. Timely, provocative, written throughout with a passion for Africa and Africans. We are missionaries to the Tsonga and Venda people of S. I find it interesting, for example, that while many are focusing on the buy-local movement, Guest blames the West for exactly that kind of thinking, saying that the inability to trade textiles and produce is one of the main factors holding Africa back. When you place your order through Biblio, the seller will ship it directly to you.
First published in 2004 by Pan Books and re-released in September 2010 by Smithsonian Books, the book has attracted much acclaim and appraisal for its detailed analysis of the African problem. By way of example, he shows that the most successful nations have had stable, peaceful governments at least by comparison , have had wise monetary policies and have encouraged direct foreign investment. I say this to prove that we know, in some senses even more deeply than Guest, what Africa is like, how the people think and live, and we have often grappled with the q I'd give this a 4. If the artist, Hong Sung Min, was expecting to get a rise out of the president, Kim Young Sam, he was disappointed. Robert Guests applies his years of experience covering the continent for the Economist magazine and traveling throughout Africa. Much of the book addresses why Africa remains so poor. I read this when I was 19, and even then I could have done a better job writing about this vast, heterogeneous continent.
Interview with Simba Makoni, the Zimbabwean finance minister, 6 March 2001. It's just that the arguments were pretty slight, often repetitive, and nowhere up to the analytical standard that one would expect of an 'Economist' journalist - perhaps this is an editing issue, because it seems that the book was marketed as mainstream rather than specialist the cover reads 'the international bestseller' - what, a book about Africa's problems? My most serious complaint: The introduction, which at twenty-five pages 10% of the total is far too long, provides an outline of the topics to be covered so exhaustive that one later reads many sections with a sense of deja vu. The alleged mastermind of the genocide, Colonel Theoneste Bagosora, was facing twelve charges, all of which he denied. If for any reason your order is not available to ship, you will not be charged. Artists are a little less bold in North Korea. Robert Guest is a former Africa editor for the Economist, and this book is based on his extensive travels and knowledge of the continent. Fred Bridgland, Jonas Savimbi: A Key to Africa, Mainstream Publishing, London, 1986, p.