“A fascinating and gripping memoir.” —The Wall Street Journal
“There Was a Country ought to be essential reading…an eclectic range of insights and fascinating anecdotes.”—Financial Times
“Achebe writes in a characteristically modest fashion…Like much of Achebe’s other work, this book about the progress of war and the presence of violence has a universal quality. In a world where sectarian hatreds augmented by political mediocrity have fractured Syria and threaten to bring Israel and Iran to blows, There Was a Country is a valuable account of how the suffering caused by war is both unnecessary and formative.”—Newsweek
"Memoir and history are brought together by a master storyteller."
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
I loved the book and I am getting the hard copy for my book shelf.
In offering solutions, Achebe suggests a series of questions about "ethnic bigotry," corruption and pure impunity that will keep Nigeria busy for a long time.
Chinua Achebe's book There was A Country has given me insight into events which were occurring during the Biafran war.
.I think every household should have a copy of this book be you a red neck, pink, yellow red or black person. The book is captivating.Published 5 days ago by Ejidike
I was in the area in '68 after having crossed the Sahara, and found the descriptions to be accurate and moving. Read morePublished 23 days ago by howard aldendorff
I found myself drifting a bit on this one. I really enjoyed some of this memoir but for some reason I just didn't hold my attention the way I thought it would.Published 1 month ago by TED KAZ
I needed a history lesson on the Biafran war. Mr. Achebe gave me one with a clear and strong conviction. I am grateful to him for writing this and the pleasure of owning it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ujay
A good one from one of the greatest African writers. The tale of the event that changed Nigeria for ever. Igbo ga adiPublished 2 months ago by Ebuka
Much respect for Achebe, but a great portion of this book is more like a hatchet job on the two other major tribes in Nigeria while massaging and glorifying his own.Published 2 months ago by Ade Micky
The book reveals a lot we did not know about the civil war. It was a personal witness story not second hand. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mike Onwuemelie
Very good reading. Seems written for the educated, somewhat esoteric. Enjoyed reading.Published 5 months ago by Godfrey C. Ndubuisi
A good overview of the events leading up to the Biafran War and the context in which it occurred. 'A Personal History' is a good subtitle for the book as it mainly revolves around... Read morePublished 6 months ago by biafra