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The Shackled Continent: Power, Corruption, and African Lives

The Shackled Continent: Power, Corruption, and African Lives

A former Africa editor for The Economist, Robert Guest addresses the troubled continent's thorniest problems: war, AIDS, and above all, poverty. Newly updated with a preface that considers political and economic developments of the past six years, The Shackled Continent is engrossing, highly readable, and as entertaining as it is tragic.

Guest pulls the veil off the corruption and intrigue that cripple so many African nations, posing a provocative theory that Africans have been impoverished largely by their own leaders' abuses of power. 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. But he finds elusive success stories and examples of the resilience and resourcefulness of individual Africans, too; from these, he draws hope that the continent will eventually prosper. Guest offers choices both commonsense and controversial for Africans and for those in the West who wish Africa well.

PREFACE

Introduction: Why Is Africa So Poor?

Chapter 1. THE VAMPIRE STATE

Chapter 2. DIGGING DIAMONDS, DIGGING GRAVES

Chapter 3. NO TITLE

Chapter 4. SEX AND DEATH

Chapter 5. THE SON OF A SNAKE IS A SNAKE

Chapter 6. FAIR AID, FREE TRADE

Chapter 7. OF POTHOLES AND GRASPING GENDARMES

Chapter 8. WIRING THE WILDERNESS

Chapter 9. BEYOND THE RAINBOW NATION

Conclusion: One Step at a Time

Notes