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Stranglehold on Africa Hardcover – May 23, 1983

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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)) --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Text: English, French (translation)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Andre Deutsch; First Printing. edition (May 23, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0233974717
  • ISBN-13: 978-0233974712
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,583,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Ronald Haak on June 10, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This book was included in the list of "100 Best Non-Fiction Books Translated into English in the 20th century." and it certainly belong on that list of 100.. The book was published in 1983. Two French citizens who feel complicity in the sufferings of Fench colonial Africa present the record of western indifference + silly models of development designed (Ha! Ha!) to make the ormer colonies prosperous and independent. "The place is swarming with experts, commissions and international agencies, all of them travelling at vast expense with suitcases bulging with charms, knick-knacks, grandeoise miracle schemes and other forms of eyewash. All these different bureaucracies [including UN committes] live off the ThirdWorld and would findthemselves out of work if underdevelopment came to an end."

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.
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