What went wrong in Africa

David Kilgour/Toronto Globe and Mail

Much of this book is devoted to the tragedy of contemporary Africa. Readers are likely to share Howard French’s thinly veiled rage at a long list of villains, including Western governments, local tyrants, international financial institutions and the CIA. He also documents a litany of current woes: bad governance, corruption, atrocities, foreign greed and massive ignorance outside the continent concerning the cultural and human strengths of 800 million Africans.


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