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Black Vortex: One Man's Journey into Africa's Wars Hardcover – December 19, 2013


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Helion and Company (December 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1909384607
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909384606
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 9.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,435,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I found the quality of the photos to be very good.
Aaron Wyllie
Highly recommend this entertaining and educational adventure into Africa's many wars.
Boogie Man
I havent spent that much time with the book yet but I`m really looking forward to it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William Martin on January 30, 2014
In the closing decades of the 20th century, armed conflicts in Africa were either largely ignored by the worldwide popular press or the accounts were notoriously, and in many instances preposterously, presented through the political lenses of absentee reporters.

As an embedded, dedicated, and objective war correspondent, Jim Hooper's most recent contribution to the literature, "Black Vortex: One man's Journey Into Africa's Wars" is in stark contrast to those perspectives. In particular when observed in concert with his other narratives on the subject, his personal pictorial retrospective covering Namibia and Koevoet, Angola and UNITA, Executive Outcomes in Sierra Leone, and Sudan and the SPLA, offers a valuable block in building an overall understanding of the current geopolitical state of affairs in several countries across Africa.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Wyllie on January 16, 2014
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Jim Hooper, author of "Koevoet: Experiencing South Africa's Deadly Bush War", has put together what can be fairly described as being on par with books like "Contact: A tribute to those who serve Rhodesia", by John Lovett and "South Africa's Border War 1966-89" by Willem Steenkamp. It's just going to be something you'll want to have just by virtue of what it is; a solid collection of memories.

About the book itself. Overall quality is excellent. Strong binding, thick covers, heavy weight pages, very nice dust cover, and lays flat when open. It's a coffee table book at 10.7" x 9.5" x 0.9", really, so all qualities you would expect.

After a short preface and short guide to the acronyms and abbreviations to follow, it's broken into four primary sections ... :

* (I) Namibia and Koevoet
* (II) Angola and UNITA
* (III) Executive Outcomes in Sierra Leone
* (IV) Sudan and SPLA

Each section ranges anywhere from approximately 20 to 45 pages and begins with some background on the conflict and the combatants, how and why Jim Hooper came to be there, and some thoughts about the politics of the day. Each introduction is relatively terse, at around two to five pages each, and it's clear that, while the photography is excellent, having some knowledge of the bush wars Jim Hooper presents would be helpful to fully appreciate the material.
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Black Vortex. Recalling the realities of the violent civil wars , insurgencies, multiple coupe d' etat and unrest that have plagued Africa since the sixties, it is a profoundly apt title. Through the lens of a talented photographer who happen to be an unbiased reporter, his stark use of monochromatic black and white combined with color pictures tell the tragic story of the "Dark Continent. " Despotic cannibal rulers , corrupt officials, the ineptness of the UN to address the issues and unwillingness of the western media to report the truth, is vividly depicted. From the border war in Namibia fought between South African forces and the communist backed elements in Angola, to the devastation of the "blood diamond" atrocities in Sierra Leone and the successful resistance by the rebel forces who resisted Muslim oppression in Sudan, it is obvious that the book was written by a real life reporter who "was there". No punches pulled and no political agenda. The book is a beacon to truthful reporting. It is highly recommended on it's own, but best appreciated if read along with "Koevoet," one of his other books.
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