Wow! I always knew there was more to African politics, but I didn't know it was this deep. The journalist who wrote this book conducted a lot of interviews. My head is swimming with new information.
Excellent to have such a coherent book on this subject, people should know more about this part of the world. Hopefully increased awareness (a la Darfur) would someday lead to a more stable and peaceful region, though with the long list of structural and humanitarian problems documented here it would be naive to imagine it coming any time soon even with the world's attention and best of intentions.
This author truly inserted himself into his subject, touring the countryside and interviewing everyone from retired generals to groups of witnesses to village atrocities.
A balance is struck between history, politics, tales of warfare, and a few mini-bio's of prominent personalities. Does about the best that can be expected in trying to outline the chaos of multiple insurgencies in a region encompassing several countries.
A compelling read, not as depressing as it might sound.
failed states and just how horrible they are, no easy solutions here
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