Books Africa Dispatches from a Fragile Continent
Books Africa: Dispatches from a Fragile Continent My first read on issues affecting contemporary Africa and I loved it. Harden not only gives a balanced opinion about a continent often seen as being plagued by hopelessness, he takes readers through all that real and imagined desolation and manages to conjure a sense of optimism. Apart from learning a little history, I thoroughly enjoyed his literal prowess and witty humor. I hope he writes a 21st century sequel.. Africa: Dispatches from a Fragile Continent is a Book The powerful and the powerless are here in dramatic narratives that explain a land swept up in change, lurching between an unworkable Western present and a collapsing African past By focusing on individuals, Blaine Harden uncovers an Africa that endures behond the sum of its statistics.. Harden is an author and journalist who worked for The Washington Post for 28 years as a correspondent in Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia, as well as in New York and Seattle He was also a national correspondent for The New York Times and writer for the Times Magazine He has contributed to The Economist and PBS Frontline.Harden s newest book, King of Spies, is out in October of 2017 It s the untold story of Major Donald Nichols, an American spy in Korea who would become America s Kurtz He operated in a shadowland of executions and torture, while sending hundreds of his agents to their deaths inside North Korea His reign ended suddenly, when he was secretly removed from South Korea, locked up in a U.S military hospital in Florida and subjected to 50 rounds of memory obliterating electroshock Harden is also the author of The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot Viking Penguin, 2015 , Escape From Camp 14 Viking Penguin 2012 and A River Lost Norton, revised and updated edition 2012.. A viral Books Africa: Dispatches from a Fragile Continent There is a dearth of good literature in English about the continent of Africa and its general history, and a great deal of ignorance for the outsider looking in. With this book, Blaine Harden made an admiral effort to give an insight into the continent, creating vivid pictures of very unique pockets of African history, society and culture. Now dated by over two decades, this is both a readable analysis of the modern history of certain African nations and a source of history itself, thanks to Harden's first-hand accounts of Africa before such massive events as the genocide in Rwanda brought about further change.To tackle the question of Africa in quite a short volume, Harden give snapshots of a handful of countries with personal stories that give the problems of the continent a very human aspect. Whether describing the incredible scenes of the Congo barge, the turmoil that has haunted an international Sudanese basketball player's life, or the great dispute over the burial of a lawyer's body, the seemingly narrow focus of these stories serves to demonstrate the values these communities live by, and how far removed they are from other cultures. One of the most telling sections of the book details Norway's failure to provide aid in Kenya (and the corruption that surrounded other aid efforts). The aid groups spent unimaginable sums of money trying to encourage the locals to fish, and built an enormous frozen fish factory, without ever understanding that the locals considered fishermen the lowest echelons of society, and the lake was liable to disappearing. This kind of failure to communicate is why more books like this should exist. Unfortunately, Harden has not written more books on the matter, and it is difficult to find more recent studies that are as readable and insightful. As an introduction to how diverse and historically fascinating Africa can be, however, you could do a lot worse than this book.