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The Rift: A New Africa Breaks Free

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9780297871224: The Rift: A New Africa Breaks Free

A groundbreaking portrait of the changing face of modern Africa.

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Alex Perry was TIME magazine's bureau chief in Africa until 2013 and is a contributing editor to NEWSWEEK. His awards include honours from the Society of Publishers in Asia, the Foreign Press Association in London and the Overseas Press Club in New York. He is the author of FALLING OFF THE EDGE: GLOBALISATION, WORLD PEACE AND OTHER LIES, LIFEBLOOD: HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD, ONE DEAD MOSQUITO AT A TIME and numerous ebooks on Africa, the Europe and the Middle East. In 2007, while covering Zimbabwe's implosion, Perry was held in jail for five days before being convicted of being a 'determined and resourceful journalist'. He lives in Hampshire.www.alex-perry.com@PerryAlexJ

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In this stunning book about the past, present, and future of Africa, foreign correspondent Perry (who's written for Time and Newsweek) achieves the seemingly impossible: he writes about the continent from a Western perspective without trying to define Africa to the West, inviting Africans to speak directly to his readers...Perry examines widely discussed issues affecting Africa (including famine, AIDS, humanitarian aid, terrorism, corruption, and Chinese influence), always mindful of the bearing each has on Africa's future. Along the way, Perry bumps into George Clooney in South Sudan, watches Robert Mugabe speak to a crowd in Zimbabwe, and confronts Jacob Zuma in South Africa. The stories he tells, of average Africans trying to carve out a better life, have the vividness of fiction. Perry also exposes the flaws of large-scale humanitarianism in Africa, addressing the inflated claims made for its success and its often counterproductive strategies. Candid, smart, and self-aware, this work is an impressive accomplishment that does more to give Western readers context for Africa's current condition than any book in recent memory. * Publishers Weekly - USA * An epic, rich, endlessly surprising narrative of a fast-changing Africa by one of the few Western journalists to have spent enough time there to understand it. Calls to mind the best African writing of Ryszard Kapuscinski -- Douglas Rogers * author of THE LAST RESORT *

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