Africa in Chaos 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0312217877
ISBN-10: 0312217870
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Ghanaian-born economics professor George B.N. Ayittey takes a hard, unsentimental look at the continuing economic, cultural, and political downfall of African countries. While Africa is the world's second-largest continent, containing 770 million people and much of the world's natural resources, he contends that the postcolonial African nations cannot reconcile what he calls "the two Africas," one traditional and one modern (or "Western"). That split, he says, wreaks havoc on the African people, and he comes down hard on "the elites, the parasitic minority group [that operates] by an assortment of imported or borrowed institutions." Africa in Chaos examines the collapse of Nigeria's civilian-led democracy, as well as the anarchy in Liberia, the former Zaire, and Sierra Leone, outlining the suicidal quest for power that hinders Africa's growth. Ayittey, unlike many Afrocentric apologists, does not lay all of the blame for Africa's predicament on the West, but he does insist that solid, long-term investment from Europe and America is needed to lift the motherland out of its mire. His "Ten Commandments for African Intellectuals," intended to lead the way to success, include calls for an embrace of the African past, a relationship with the private sector, and consistent freedom of expression. --Eugene Holley Jr.


'George B.N. Ayittey's robust, provocative Africa in Chaos is typical of the vigorous torrent of scholarship and journalism that has begun to rethink Africa since the end of the 1980s, when old ideologies fell away and old orders began crumbling with them.' - Jeremy Harding, New York Times

'...robust, provocative...Ayittey takes no prisoners.' - The New York Times Book Review

'...Ayittey knows Africa well...a brave and reflective book.' - The Wall Street Journal

Product details

  • Item Weight : 1.17 pounds
  • Paperback : 415 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0312217870
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0312217877
  • Product Dimensions : 6 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan; 1st Edition (February 11, 1999)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.8 out of 5 stars 16 ratings