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Dictatorland: The Men Who Stole Africa - Paul Kenyon

Dictatorland: The Men Who Stole Africa - Paul Kenyon
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Title: Dictatorland

Author:  Paul Kenyon

ISBN:  9781784972134

Weight:  981g

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Dictatorland by Paul Kenyon

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

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.

Peer & Press Reviews

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

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.

Sunday Times

Kenyon’s stories of corruption and excess are truly compelling, while his analysis of the West’s motivations is astute and illuminating.

Culture Trip

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title: Dictatorland
Sub title: The Men Who Stole Africa
Author:
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Edition features:

The main body of the book is 423 pages, which includes one 8-page section of colour & monochrome photographs plus a number of greyscale maps.

The front matter has an additional 12 pages:

Contents [1]
Maps [2]
Introduction [9]

The back matter has a further 25 pages:

Acknowledgments [5]
Notes [7]
Bibliography [3]
Image Credits [1]
Index [9]

Overall condition: Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed: On the title page
Book Stats
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Publication date:
Printed by: CPI Books GmbH, Germany
ISBN 13: 9781784972134
ISBN 10: 1784972134
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 423 [main body]
Size (h x w x d): 242 x 165 x 40mm
Image and Design Credits
Design: Daniel Benneworth-Gray
Maps: Jeff Edwards
Jacket photograph: The swimming pool of the former residence of Mobutu in Nsele, near Kinshasa © Gwenn Dubourthoumieu (front)
Jacket photograph: Basilica of Our Lady Of Peace, Côte D'ivoire © Nic Bothma / Rex / Shutterstock (back)

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