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Ahmed Ben Bella Hardcover – January 1, 1967

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Walker; First Edition edition (1967)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0006BODPG
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,352,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marc Lichtman on April 14, 2014
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This wonderful short book is based on 15 two to three hour interviews that French writer Robert Merle did with Ahmed Ben Bella when he was president of Algeria. It probably could be called an autobiography; it seems to be one far more than The Autobiography of Malcolm X (As Told to Alex Haley). It's inspiring and highly readable.

I am posting here an article from The Militant on the death of Ben Bella:

Ben Bella, leader of Algerian Revolution
Defeat of French, 1962-65 workers and farmers gov't, reshaped world politics

Ahmed Ben Bella, who helped lead the Algerian Revolution that overthrew French colonial rule in 1962 and established a workers and peasants government there that lasted until a 1965 military coup, died April 11 at the age of 93.

The Algerian Revolution was one of the deepest in the wave of anti-colonial struggles that broke out after World War II. While short-lived, it had a profound impact that strengthened the revolutionary movement.

French colonial troops invaded Algeria in 1830, and immediately faced fierce resistance from the Algerian people. "From the first occupation of Algeria by the French to the present time, the unhappy country has been the arena of unceasing bloodshed, rapine and violence," Frederick Engels wrote in 1857.

By 1917, French settlers, called colons, owned 55 percent of all the nation's land. French imports crushed any chance for Algerian industry; the nation's agricultural produce and rich resources were carted off to aid the development of French capital.
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