The well-written dictionary entries cover the major personalities, events, terms, and geographical features of Guinea from the great medieval empires to the French colonial period and the period since independence. The entries also succinctly present larger topics such as health, education, foreign relations, and economics. Recommended. (CHOICE
The volume for Guinea
is particularly hospitable to entries for individual plants, crops, and diseases....Overall, the potential strength of volumes in this series, that they provide fairly regularly revised coverage for many countries where up-to-date reference material in English is lacking or out-of-date, needs to be recognised. (African Research and Documentation
...there really are very few reference books on this poor West African country. This item is necessary for all African collections, and suitable for all other academic and large public library reference collections... (American Reference Books Annual
O’Toole (anthropology and African studies, St. Cloud State U.) and Baker (a former US government worker with the Congressional Research Service and other entities) present a cross-referenced dictionary containing some 400 entries providing information on important people, places, organizations, concepts, events related to the history of the African nation of Guinea. The entries and the introductory essay largely deal with the history of the 20th century, but the chronology spans from pre-historic times onward. Also included is a bibliography of current publications. (Reference and Research Book News
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About the Author
Thomas O'Toole is professor of interdisciplinary studies at St. Cloud State University, MN. Ibrahima Bah-Lalya is project manager for the Florida A & M Critical Languages Institute. He has published many articles on Guinean history and education and served as deputy director and interim general director of education in Guinea.