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Angola: Anatomy of an Oil State (African Issues) Paperback – July 10, 2003

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ISBN-13: 978-0253214669 ISBN-10: 0253214661 Edition: 2nd

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""A veteran observer of Angola, Hodges covers the whole appalling mess with notable detachment.""
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About the Author

Tony Hodges has followed Angolan developments since his first visit to Angola in 1975. He worked for United Nations agencies in Angola from1994 to 1998. His previous books include After Angola: The War over Southern Africa and Angola: Prospects for Recovery.
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Product Details

  • Series: African Issues
  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press; 2nd edition (July 10, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253214661
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253214669
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #755,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Joel F. Hopkins on February 21, 2006
Format: Paperback
In "Angola: The Anatomy of an Oil State," Anthony Hodges, describes, with exquisite detail, the rough transition to a Petro-Diamond economy in the worn-torn nation of Angola since the initiation of several peace agreements spanning the last decade. The book is a new edition of Hodges' 2001 text under a different title, "Angola: From Afro-Stalinism to Petro-Diamond Capitalism." The newer title is much more suitable as the previous title gave the impression that the history of the Marxist state of Augustino Neto is broadly covered, which it is not. The background history of Angola, for the most part, is summarized as Hodges focuses mainly on the last two decades of economic development. There are numerous tables and graphs, the text is well annotated, and it includes an excellent bibliography on the nation of Angola.

The book reads like a non-governmental organization policy paper at times, but I personally adore a dry style that dispenses with any distracting nuances. Several recent developments make this book a must-read for any students of economics and development in Africa. 1) Offshore petroleum and natural gas drilling, especially Ultra-Deep technologies, have rapidly increased off the Atlantic coast. Angola has pressed the corporations involved for a greater share in the development of its welfare infrastructure. Many of these corporations, notably Exxon-Mobile and BP, have agreed to develop the physical infrastructure, but have hesitated providing the manpower (doctors, nurses, teachers, etc.) necessary to staff these enterprises. 2) De Beers, the massive diamond corporation, has recently agreed to form a new diamond mining venture with the Angolan firm Endiama after having been forced out in 2001.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dr. W. Martin James on August 17, 2001
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Tony Hodges has finally seen the light regarding Angola. A known MPLA sympathiser, his book shows that there is no right or wrong in Angola. Both the MPLA and UNITA are fighting a 30 year civil war for power. Angola's natural resources provide the monetary resources to continue the war.
Hodges does an excellent job in describing Angola's vast natural resources, the allocation of those resources, and the fraud and corruption associated with the resources. His charts and tables are of particular value to an Angolan scholar.
He also details how UNITA thrives by continuing to hold some diamond mining areas and how they export the stones for funds to oil their military machine.
However, Hodges best contribution is his explanation of how the MPLA government spends billions on defense while the Angolan people starve. Much of the money spent lines the pockets of MPLA generals, and politicians.
My question would be if the MPLA regime is so corrupt would a UNITA victory be more disastrous?
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