- Series: African Issues
- Paperback: 280 pages
- Publisher: Indiana University Press; 2nd edition (July 10, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0253214661
- ISBN-13: 978-0253214669
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.5 ounces
- Customer Reviews: 2 customer ratings
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,176,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Angola: Anatomy of an Oil State (African Issues) 2nd Edition
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About the Author
Tony Hodges has followed Angolan developments since his first visit to Angola in 1975. He worked for United Nations agencies in Angola from1994 to 1998. His previous books include After Angola: The War over Southern Africa and Angola: Prospects for Recovery.
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Hodges does an excellent job in describing Angola's vast natural resources, the allocation of those resources, and the fraud and corruption associated with the resources. His charts and tables are of particular value to an Angolan scholar.
He also details how UNITA thrives by continuing to hold some diamond mining areas and how they export the stones for funds to oil their military machine.
However, Hodges best contribution is his explanation of how the MPLA government spends billions on defense while the Angolan people starve. Much of the money spent lines the pockets of MPLA generals, and politicians.
My question would be if the MPLA regime is so corrupt would a UNITA victory be more disastrous?
Top international reviews
Hodges book is required reading for those with a genuine interest in the Angola economy; the casual reader will also find it interesting but will need to skate over the many detailed graphs and pie charts.