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Tropical Gangsters: One Man's Experience With Development And Decadence In Deepest Africa
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For those more interested in the development business, as it is often derisively called, this book stands in sharp contrast to most others on the subject, which sharply criticize programs of the type described here (Road to Hell, Lords of Poverty). It's nice to read a positive review of one's chosen field from time to time.
That said, the author, perhaps unwittingly, damns the efforts of the more prosperous countries more than the others when all is said and done. For after all the surfing stories and tales of friends made, he leaves the country no better than he found it having accomplished nothing at all.
If you're interested in development, foreign aid, etc you'll find this book fascinating. No groundbreaking theories are found here, but the practical side is conveyed clearly and precisely.
It reads like a diary of sorts, there are insights into cultural differences, personal life and political science questions.
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Really liked the book. A detailed report of a World Bank consultant working in Equatorial Guinea. Surprisingly, dictator Obiang is still in power!!Published 4 months ago by Flavio
I lived in Basile, EG for 2.5 years starting in 1982 isn't there some way we can support the School there? It seemed to be an example of something that works.Published 9 months ago by Thomas G Wetsel
I struggled to finish this book. I really wish the author had spent far more time surfing, camping, and motorcycle bush whacking. Read morePublished 15 months ago by jdq
Equatorial Guinea is one of the worst governed nations in the world--although terms like "govern" don't really apply to this tiny, newly oil-rich enclave on the coast of... Read morePublished 16 months ago by ewaffle
this book is as relevant and as timely today as in 1990 in laying out the harsh realities that international aid/assistance faces on a daily basis in many third world countries. Read morePublished on July 24, 2013 by mvny67
The book is boring and although it gives the perspective of the author and the difficulties of managing an economic development stabilization project, it does not happen like this... Read morePublished on January 22, 2013 by Cale
Who are the tropical gangsters from the book title? Ostensibly, this tale of an economist's adventures under the tropics borrows its title from an album by Kid Creole and the... Read morePublished on December 12, 2010 by Etienne RP
In this book Robert Klitgaard recounts his experiences as a foreign aid expert in the African country of Equatorial Guinea. Read morePublished on May 4, 2010 by James D. Crabtree