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The Fate of Africa: A History of the Continent Since Independence | [Martin Meredith]

The Fate of Africa: A History of the Continent Since Independence

Martin Meredith has revised this classic history to incorporate important recent developments, including the Darfur crisis in Sudan, Robert Mugabe’s continued destructive rule in Zimbabwe, controversies over Western aid and exploitation of Africa’s resources, the growing importance and influence of China, and the democratic movement roiling the North African countries of Tunisia, Egypt, and Jordan.
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Martin Meredith has revised this classic history to incorporate important recent developments, including the Darfur crisis in Sudan, Robert Mugabe’s continued destructive rule in Zimbabwe, controversies over Western aid and exploitation of Africa’s resources, the growing importance and influence of China, and the democratic movement roiling the North African countries of Tunisia, Egypt, and Jordan.

©2005 Martin Meredith (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    Jeff Sonoma, Ca, United States 03-08-14
    Jeff Sonoma, Ca, United States 03-08-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Africa: Land of Hope and Horror"
    If you could sum up The Fate of Africa in three words, what would they be?

    Hope, dissapointment, horror


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fate of Africa?

    The Chapters on the events in Rwanda and how they were misconstrued internationally was informative and incredibly disturbing. The level of cooperation with the genocidaires displayed by Rwandan church leaders was disgusting... an affront to religion itself. On top of all that we sent the belligerents billions of dollars in aid money.


    What three words best describe Fleet Cooper’s performance?

    Professional but forced


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Learning about the religious and demographic makeup of Nikgeria and the former Sudan makes it much easier to understand the violent conficlt that has been ravaging those countries for years. In many African states, an ethnically and culturally diverse group of people were forced to coexist within borders drawn by European imperialists. These countries were simply time bombs waiting to go off.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great work of epic proportions. Meredith divides his history of the continent into periods beginning with the initial euphoria and hope of independence to the power plays of the Cold War era all the way up to the modern day. He focusses mostly on the personality of the leaders_Nkrumah, Haile Selasie, Nasser, Mobutu, Mugabe and Mandela to name just a few are covered extensively in the work. Meredith succeds in making The Fate of Africa into a story about human nature. The lesson that absolute power corrupts absolutely is one that many African states have learned the hard way. Because of this era/personality based approached (rather than a traditional geographical approach to history), I do think it can get confusing with all the jumping around from country to country, but one will eventually start to connect the dots and begin to see how events in one state led to changes in another. This is probably one of those books that would be easier to follow in print. One thing that helped me follow the events of the book was looking up most of these leaders online and connecting faces and maps with the story. The narrator must be commended for his comptency, Meredith's work is packed with words and phrases in various Romance languages as well as a plethora of difficult to pronounce African propper nouns. I would not have been able to even pronounce most of those words. However, I think most listeners will agree with me that many quotes in the books are read with a bit too much sarcasm. The narrator also ocassionaly slips into a lackluster imitation of an African accent when quoting African leaders. Unfortunately the prevalence of quotes in this book made this presentation annoying to listen to initially. However the story itself quickly sucked me in.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Samori New Orleans, La, United States 06-24-15
    Samori New Orleans, La, United States 06-24-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Eurocentric view of Africa"

    Though the book was packed with information and research, it was certainly written from a European prospective.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Abdoulaye Niang 05-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Too pessimistic view of Africa"
    Would you listen to The Fate of Africa again? Why?

    No too long


    Would you ever listen to anything by Martin Meredith again?

    yes


    Have you listened to any of Fleet Cooper’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Very detailed information


    Any additional comments?

    Warning, this book requires to take medication to survive the 30 hours audio horror happened in Africa. You will come out with the view of never ever going there or living there. I just don't know how he came to view every thing in a negative light. I tried hard to bite my tongue but I had to speak out. I respect his point of view but totally disagree with it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nick 03-16-15
    Nick 03-16-15
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    "Great overview of Africa"

    Really enjoyed it. Provided a good idea of how African history evolved. Different liberation movements. The big men. Through to today.

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    Christopher 09-04-14
    Christopher 09-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great history, but layout"

    The story seemed to lack a good layout. I know there is a lot to cover, but get a better editor. History is exciting - write some of that excitment into it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    PeacefulSeeker Santa Barbara, CA United States 06-29-14
    PeacefulSeeker Santa Barbara, CA United States 06-29-14 Member Since 2014
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    "The book for which I've been waiting"

    Here we have decades of important information wonderfully reduced to a brief volume. The narration is good when it's not venturing into character quotes. Then, instead of ever sounding like either North Africans or Subsaharans, it always sounds like Johnny Carson, which does not work well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Logical Paradox 03-16-15 Member Since 2009

    Irrational, but True

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    "Fantastic"

    I'm in awe of the breadth and scope of this book. The only title I've come across that truly does justice to the subject and tells the whole story in all its detail, he honestly and without compromise.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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