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“Eloquent and impassioned . . . [A] splendid account of modern Eritrean history . . . Scrupulous and honest.” — New York Times

“Engaging history . . . A vivid story of a nation repeatedly trampled by foreign powers until it won its independence.” — New York Times Book Review

“A gripping political thriller.” — Monica Ali, author of BRICK LANE

“Contemporary history on the grand scale. I was entertained, informed and angered . . . A splendid achievement.” — John le Carré

“Wrong’s...original research is more illuminating, her eye more observant, her writing far more wry and witty.” — The Economist

“Vivid, penetrating, wonderfully detailed. Michela Wrong...has excavated the very heart and soul of the Eritrean people and their country.” — Aminatta Forna, author of THE DEVIL THAT DANCED ON WATER

“Engrossing, vividly written in the style of the best thrillers...It should become the standard work on the region.” — Anthony Sampson, author of MANDELA: The Authorized Biography

“A fascinating and tragic story . . . Wrong’s account [is] gripping.” — Daily Telegraph (London)

“A highly readable, well-researched depiction of the region’s serial exploitation by a parade of foreign predators.” — Washington Post Book World

“With rich prose and the passion she brings to the subject of [Eritrea’s] independence... Wrong provides a very readable journalistic.” — Los Angeles Times

“An engaging read... Devastating detail... This is probably the best book that could be written about Eritrea.” — Nation

“If you want to understand the world...I DIDN’T DO IT FOR YOU provides the best starting point.” — The Progressive

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Michela Wrong has worked as a foreign correspondent for Reuters, the BBC, and the Financial Times. She has written about Africa for Slate.com and is a frequent commentator on African affairs in the media. Her first book, In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz, won the James Stern Silver Pen Award for Nonfiction. She lives in London.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (June 13, 2006)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 480 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0060780932
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0060780937
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 14.7 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.31 x 1.08 x 8 inches
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Half British, half Italian, Michela Wrong has spent nearly two decades writing about Africa. As a Reuters correspondent based in first Cote d'Ivoire and former Zaire, she covered the turbulent events of the mid 1990s, including the fall of Mobutu Sese Seko and Rwanda's post-genocide period. She then moved to Kenya, where she became Africa correspondent for the Financial Times. In 2000 she published her first non-fiction book, "In the Footsteps of Mr Kurtz", the story of Mobutu. Her second non-fiction work, "I Didn't Do it for You", focused on the Red Sea nation of Eritrea. Her third, "It's Our Turn to Eat", tracked the story of Kenyan whistleblower John Githongo. "Borderlines", set in a fictional country in the Horn of Africa with a fiercely-disputed border, marked a move into fiction. "Do Not Disturb", which came out in 2021, is a scathing assessment of Rwanda under President Paul Kagame. She lives in London.

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