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Dictatorland: The Men Who Stole Africa

Dictatorland: The Men Who Stole Africa

A vivid, heartbreaking portrait of the fate that so many African countries suffered after independence.

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ISBN 9781784972141
Barcode 9781784972141
Published 22 October 2018 by Head of Zeus
Format Paperback
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Author(s) By Kenyon, Paul
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ISBN-13 9781784972141
ISBN-10 1784972142
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Head of Zeus
Imprint Head of Zeus
Publication Date 22 October 2018
International Publication Date 1 November 2018
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Kenyon, Paul
Category African History
Political Structures: Totalitarianism & Dictatorship
Number of Pages 480
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Dictatorship - Africa, Africa - Politics and government - 1960, Africa - Economic conditions - 1960, Dictatorship - Economic aspects - Africa
NBS Text Regional History
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 321.9096
Catalogue Code 944336

Description of this Book

The dictator who grew so rich on his country's cocoa crop that he built a 35-storey-high basilica in the jungles of the Ivory Coast. The austere, incorruptible leader who has shut Eritrea off from the world in a permanent state of war and conscripted every adult into the armed forces. In Equatorial Guinea, the paranoid despot who thought Hitler was the saviour of Africa and waged a relentless campaign of terror against his own people. The Libyan army officer who authored a new work of political philosophy, The Green Book, and lived in a tent with a harem of female soldiers, running his country like a mafia family business. And behind these almost incredible stories of fantastic violence and excess lie the dark secrets of Western greed and complicity, the insatiable taste for chocolate, oil, diamonds and gold that have encouraged dictators to rule with an iron hand, siphoning off their share of the action into mansions in Paris and banks in Zurich and keeping their people in dire poverty.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review 'Kenyon's stories of corruption and excess are truly compelling, while his analysis of the West's motivations is astute and illuminating' Culture Trip. 'It is [the] minute observations that make Mr Kenyon's book so hard to put down' Economist. 'Well written and sensibly structured ... Some of the most revealing passages are based on interviews with retired expatriate executives and diplomats who were witness to the excesses of the early post-colonial years' The Sunday Times. 'Highly readable ... A chapter on the rise of Felix Houphouet-Boigny is especially vivid' The Times. 'The breathtaking account of how a handful of men were handed a continent of rich lands and poor people. How they became tyrants overnight and turned their countries into cruel kleptocracies. How they ransacked their treasuries to make billion-pound fortunes, and lived in unimaginable luxury while their people often starved. Paul Kenyon is a brilliant writer who's been there and tells a story of unparalleled greed and western complicity in vivid detail. It's Africa's ruin, but our story too' Michael Buerk.
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Paul Kenyon has travelled in almost every African country in the footsteps of the dictators. He is a distinguished BBC correspondent and BAFTA award-winning journalist and author.

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