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Dictatorland: The Men Who Stole Africa Paperback – Illustrated, 22 October 2018

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  • Paperback : 480 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1784972142
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1784972141
  • Dimensions : 12.7 x 3.05 x 19.69 cm
  • Publisher : Head of Zeus - GB; Illustrated edition (22 October 2018)
  • Language: : English
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"Highly readable . . . A chapter on the rise of Félix Houphouët-Boigny is especially vivid." --Times

"A humane, timely, accessible and well-researched book that shines a light on urgent African issues . . . that, when we consider the state of our own societies, can no longer be dismissed as merely somewhere else's problem." --Irish Times

"A jaw-dropping tale of greed, corruption and brutality." --Daily Express

"In this colorful and brutal history, British journalist Kenyon (I Am Justice: A Journey out of Africa) explores the stubborn hold on power of seven kleptocratic postcolonial African leaders. . . . His prose is so artfully descriptive that readers will feel like they are on the ground alongside him. For readers unfamiliar with the ins and outs of African politics, this will be illuminating." --Publishers Weekly

"It is [the] minute observations that make Mr Kenyon's book so hard to put down." --Economist

"Well written and sensibly structured. . . . Some of the most revealing passages are based on interviews with retired expatriate executives and diplomats who were witness to the excesses of the early post-colonial years." --Sunday Times

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Paul Kenyon has travelled in almost every African country in the footsteps of the dictators. He is a distinguished BBC correspondent and BAFTA award-winning journalist and author.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book. Very informative
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating trawl through the murky dealings of post imperial Africa
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting read
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