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The Rift: A New Africa Breaks Free (edition 2015)

by Alex Perry (Author)

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Title:The Rift: A New Africa Breaks Free
Authors:Alex Perry (Author)
Info:Little, Brown and Company (2015), 448 pages
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The Rift is an thought-provoking, insightful, and often horrifying look into the West's treatment of Africa. Aid workers that cause more harm than good, Kony, and even George Clooney are all addressed in this book, and help to provide readers with important context about Africa's history, present conditions, and future.

I hesitate to say this, because I don't want to take away from the importance of the content -- this seems like a superficial thing to comment on -- but this is also a really well-written book. Whether he's recountng a personal experience, providing historical context, or explaining complex political dynamics, the writing is smooth, clearl and engaging.

Prior to reading this book, I knew that Africa was often simplified, mischaracterized, and exploited in the media. But the Rift was an eye-opener in terms of just how rooted in history this is, and how horrifyingly damaging and deliberate. Highly recommended. ( )
  bucketofrhymes | Dec 13, 2017 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316333778, Hardcover)

A vivid, powerful and controversial look at how the world gets Africa wrong, and how a resurgent Africa is forcing it to think again.

Africa has long been misunderstood--and abused--by outsiders. Correspondent Alex Perry traveled the continent for most of a decade, meeting with entrepreneurs and warlords, professors and cocaine smugglers, presidents and jihadis. Beginning with a devastating investigation into a largely unreported war crime-in 2011, when the US and the major aid agencies helped cause a famine in which 250,000 Somalis died-he finds Africa at a moment of furious self-assertion. To finally win their freedom, Africans must confront three last false prophets-Islamists, dictators and aid workers-who would keep them in their bonds.

Beautifully written, intimately reported, and sure to spark debate, THE RIFT passionately argues that a changing Africa revolutionizes our ideas of it, and of ourselves.

(retrieved from Amazon Wed, 04 Nov 2015 21:41:00 -0500)

"A vivid, powerful and controversial look at how the world gets Africa wrong, and how a resurgent Africa is forcing it to think again,"--Amazon.com.

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