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Charles Taylor and Liberia: Ambition and Atrocity in Africa's Lone Star State 1st Edition

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"A book destined to become essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the tragedy that was Liberia. A truly fascinating read." - Linda Melvern, author of A People Betrayed "Bold in its design as is it piercing in its content, this study dissects Charles Taylor's ruthless and bloody quest for power and wealth. More than a mere account of the enigmatic Taylor, this illuminating analysis is ultimately a biography of the Liberia Civil War, one which examines the politics of violence in relation to the economic, socio-political conditions and processes that underpinned and led to war, terror and corruption." - Prof. Mamadou Diouf, Institute of African Studies, Columbia University"Colin Waugh's book reads like a thriller. Carefully researched, it gives us remarkable insights into the life of one of the most notorious warlords, turned national leader to emerge from Africa in the later part of the 20th century. Charles Taylor and Liberia is an invaluable contribution towards understanding the brutal civil wars that ravaged Liberia and Sierra Leone and their ramifications on the West African sub-region." - Ambassador Francis Tsegah, Ghana's former Ambassador to Spain

About the Author

Colin Waugh grew up in Scotland and was educated in the UK before pursuing careers in writing and publishing, financial markets, and international post-conflict work. The latter led him to live and travel in over twenty countries in Africa over the past two decades. In 2004, he wrote Paul Kagame and Rwanda, a career narrative of the current President of Rwanda. From 1996-97, he worked in Sierra Leone and later in Ghana, a country of refuge for many Liberians, before returning to Sierra Leone and Liberia itself in 2002, Charles Taylor's last full year in power. Mr. Waugh currently lives in London, and recently has served on the advisory board of Columbia University’s Institute of African Studies and as director of Lombard Street Associates in London.
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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Zed Books; 1 edition (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848138482
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848138483
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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By James D. Crabtree VINE VOICE on February 2, 2012
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Charles Taylor story has to be read to be believed. Waugh opens the book with background, first on Liberia and then on the origins of Taylor. Liberia was begun as an American experiment, a possible way of resolving the issue of slavery in the United States by "repatriating" freed blacks to Africa, in this case a West African territory called Liberia. However, the freedmen had little in common with the tribes already inhabiting this stretch of the African coast. The newcomers had superior technology and had adopted the culture which they were familiar with in the U.S., giving them a model for ruling their own colony. The Americo-Liberians based in a few settlements wound up dominating the "aboriginal" inhabitants of the interior.

Charles Taylor was born of an Americo-Liberian father and a native mother. Educated in the United States he served in Sergeant Doe's government went the disgruntled soldier overthrew the admittedly flawed but democratically-elected government. Then he went to Libya where he and some followers received terrorist training. A combination of terror tactics against the hated Doe regime turned him into a warlord in control of much of Liberia in the 1990s. Later his unpaid "army" of looters would be involved in wars amongst all of Liberia's neighbors. It is hard to believe that one man could cause so much suffering.

Well-written but repititious in places. Illustrated with black-and-white photos.
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As a black American whose family might have emigrated to Liberia in the 1800's I have always been very curious about Liberia in general and about Charles Taylor in particular. Mr. Waugh's excellently written book has gone far towards addressing my questions.
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