- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Rl Innactive Titles (June 1984)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0389204668
- ISBN-13: 978-0389204664
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,152,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Stranglehold on Africa
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As ever with Dumont, this book is as lively and readable as its themes are timely and sombre>>>> (New Statesman^R (London))
The tremendous force of this excellent, though horrifying, book derives mainly from the facts of the case-studies (Zambia, Tanzania, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Guinea-Bissao and Cape Verde) [the authors] describe.>>>> (New Society)
The tremendous force of this excellent, though horrifying, book derives mainly from the facts of the case-studies (Zambia, Tanzania, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Guinea-Bissao and Cape Verde) [the authors] describe. (New Society)
As ever with Dumont, this book is as lively and readable as its themes are timely and sombre (New Statesman^R (London))
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Dumont demonstrates that the real harvest of well-intentioned reform programs has increased the savage expoitation of both the rural and urban African poor and these ravages are now even more widespread than during the colonial era. The only salvation, he believes, is a new determination to lessen their dependence on maladroit overseas aid (UN, IMF & World Bank) and to turn toward indigenous resources and their own people.
Many multi-million dollar "grand solutions" with untold millions spent have actually worsened crisis areas. Existential hunger is worsening despite costly UN food aid programs. Giant dams designed to get food production moving are not usable & affordable as the years pass. Instead of GNP and western indices, Dumont pinpoints and urges the reduction of shanty towns as the prime index of progress, giving priority to making backward villages more vital and thus shutting off the spigot to shanty towns with their predictable chaos, gangs, drugs, crime and no-exit worsening.
Independent of the authors' recommendations, the non-strident & non-ideological profile here presented of an Africa blood-drained by post-colonial & well meant illusions, qualifies the book as one of the most important non-fiction to be translated into Emglish in the 20th century.
It's significant of First world indifference that this platinum quality book hasn't received even one Amazon review of any kind since its publication in 1983.