Instead, Guest focuses on issues endemic to Africa, giving hope to improvements coming from within the continent and hope of a more stable, healthier and wealthier future. Being state-owned, it set prices as the government dictated, even if that meant that it could not pay for further imports. Several African officials have complained to me about this, but most seemed to think that there was little they could do about it. Africa, how did it get that way, and who's fault is it? He has also worked as a correspondent in Tokyo and a freelance writer in South Korea. Truth be told, his perception is more accurate than the opposite school, and as ubiquitous as that pandering thought is, this is a breath of fresh air. Of course you work for the Economist! All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. Book and jacket show some shelfwear.
So, what is this book about? As a Brit, to his credit, he refuses to sweep under the carpet the tragic chapter of colonialism, but he equally refuses to let current African leaders off the hook. Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, October 1998, www. In the late 1990s, most land was given to rich, well-connected people, including cabinet ministers. I also felt that he spent time referring to things generally and then specifically pages and chapters later to make it feel like I'm reading the same thing 2x, but maybe because I'm more familiar with the situations and specifics that I didn't need the reinforced knowledge as others might. Fair Aid, Free Trade 1.
Guest offers choices both commonsense and controversial for Africans and for those in the West who wish Africa well. Given the amount of favourable reviews on this page I can only assume that most people don't read books about Africa very often. The author makes it clear from the beginning of the book that he means by Africa the sub-Saharan Africa, excluding the Arab countries of north Africa. It is about a capitalist author comparing African economies with the rest of the world to prove how far behind Africa is. Now I'd like to see a book that explores more deeply why certain countries have been able to make progress while others stagnate and even regress.
You can't know how cynical and complacent you've become about the world's problems until you take this journey with Robert Guest. We are missionaries to the Tsonga and Venda people of S. It is known, whenever African economies are compared to western countries Africa lags behind. His writing style is conversational and makes this book very easy to read. His book is a useful introduction for those who want to uncover the complexities of a continent with incredible potential.
To create wealth through exports, you either must manufacture a product that the rest of the world wants, or else provide a service that they will pay for. Several interviews with economists and officials in Botswana helped flesh out this section. S and Europe maintain such a trade advantage on Africa and make it that much harder for Africans to develop their economies. Economic growth and development in Africa especially in a country that recently suffered the trauma of genocide is good news indeed. A continent rich with its history, people, languages and complex with its colonial past, the Atlantic slave trade, and post-colonial challenges reduced to a single descriptive word: shackled. Another 25 percent was listed in March 2003, with a discount for non-white South African buyers. The Shackled Continent, Robert Guest's fascinating first book, seeks to diagnose the sickness that continues to hobble Africa's development.
Santi Chakrabati, Botswana finance ministry, author interview, March 1999. South Africa ; for instance, was one of the first African countries to gain independence ; however, it remained under the control of a white minority through a biased unfair system of racial segregation known as apartheid until 1994. The episodes are narrated in a manner so journalistic that it often in not only goes for the dramatic — and the analyses are stripped of their history. Guest offers choices both commonsense and controversial for Africans and for those in the West who wish Africa well. Reprinted in David Philip, The Devil Made Me Do It, Johannesburg, 2000, p.
My most serious complaint: The introduction, which at twenty-five pages 10% of the total is far too long, provides an outline of the topics to be covered so exhaustive that one later reads many sections with a sense of deja vu. Using reportage, first-hand experience and economic insight, Robert Guest takes us to the roots of the problems. Guest offers choices both commonsense and controversial for Africans and for those in the West who wish Africa well. Timely, provocative and written throughout with a passion for Africa and Africans. The anecdotes were entertaining and proved most of his points very well. Anyone dealing with or living in Africa would do well to read this book to deepen their understanding of this continent that just doesn't seem able to break free from its past.
From the minefields of Angola to the barren wheat fields of Zimbabwe, Guest gathers startling evidence of the misery African leaders have inflicted on their people. We agree with him on most points. Unlike Hochschild and Meredith, Guest is pushing a neoliberal agenda hoping that readers will continue to blame Africans for the poverty, violence, corruption and exploitation they suffer every minute of every day. Readers may be moved enough to find ways of being so, too. Budget estimate, cited in ibid. I'd give this a 4. I'm only a few chapters in but it's a great, easy read so far.