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Product Details

  • Series: What Everyone Needs to Know
  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (March 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199764190
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199764198
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #417,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Natsios provides a clear and dispassionate general introduction to the country's history and politics, designed for the lay reader ... The book's main achievement, though, is to succinctly explain Sudan's history of conflict and violence. Nicolas van de Walle, Foreign Affairs an enlightening first port of call for those who wish to know more about this region. Andrew S. Natsios, Times Literary Supplement

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Manfred Arcane on June 18, 2012
Format: Paperback
Somewhat superficial given the extremely complex nature of the issues, it is a better book than some of these critics - who seem to have their own axes to grind - give it credit for. Natsios does know the players and the issues and has some important things to say about a volatile part of Africa.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AmbitiousReviewr on October 7, 2013
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Really good background information that gives those going to work there a great understanding of how Sudan and South Sudan got to where they are today.
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12 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mark bennett on April 23, 2012
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Andrew Natsios was a big supporter in the Bush Administration of the war in Iraq. He was rather infamous at one point for claiming the entire US spending for reconstruction in Iraq would be 1.7 billion.

Like many of his kind, he sees the dismemberment and transformation of Sudan into a series of American client states as an important priority. The book is basically a primer that distills Sudan's complicated history down to a compact form representing one point of view. Its organized in the form of what looks like talking points - question and answer - for all aspects of all conflicts in Sudan.

His views on the capabilities and history of the SPLA (south sudan) border on the delusional. He far overrates them and the army of southern sudan that followed them. He makes a case late in the book that outsiders (i.e. the US) should pour weapons into South Sudan to help maintain what he considers a balance of power but would in fact be the opposite. He also highlights the lack of air power in the south which is probably a backhanded call to give them (or rent them) an air force. He also brags about his personal role during the Bush administration of establishing ties between South Sudan and the US military.

He claims at another point that South Sudan could become the african equivilent of an "asian tiger". His theory is based in part on a theory that Singapore prospered because it was threated by China under Mao.

Reading between the lines, the long-term plan is to equip the South Sudan army with enough weapons to allow it to go to war with Sudan and/or sponsor an insurgency within Sudan that will bring down its government.

It gets two stars because it does provide a peek behind the curtain into what these people are thinking and their motivations.
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By Ole Ebbesen on February 7, 2014
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Gives a nice introduction to South-Sudan and the history of the country.
Okay reading, glad I read it before I went.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marina on June 11, 2013
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Although the author may claim "insider understanding" of the issues tackled in his book, it should be noted that he was a war-mongering hawk serving under the disastrous Bush administration, and this alone should incline the reader to question his impartiality. The book is clearly biased toward South Sudan, and the author advocates subjecting Sudan to more war and dismemberment in favor of what he views as a "promising African power: South Sudan". How he justifies this is unclear (US interests in Africa?), especially given South Sudan's well-known record of brutality, corruption, violence against its own citizens, and belligerence. In its two-year existence as the newest country in the world, South Sudan has succeeded in waging a completely illegitimate war both against its Northern neighbor and against its own population, and syphoning billions of dollars (most of which was direct assistance given by Western countries, including the US) from the country, while allowing its own citizens to starve.
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