My First Coup d'Etat: And Other True Stories from the Lost Decades of Africa

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My First Coup d'Etat chronicles the coming-of-age of John Dramani Mahama in Ghana during the dismal post-independence "lost decades" of Africa. He was seven years old when rumors of a coup reached his boarding school in Accra. His father, a minister of state, was imprisoned for more than a year.

My First Coup d'Etat offers an intimate look at the country that has long been considered Africa's success story. This is a one-of-a-kind book: Mahama's is a rare literary voice from a political leader, and his personal stories work on many levels--as history, as cultural and political analysis, as fables, and, of course, as the memoir of a young man who unbeknownst to him or anything else, would grow up to be president of his nation. Though nonfiction, these are stories that rise above their specific settings and transport the reader into a world all their own, one that evokes the universal human emotions of love, fear, faith, despair, loss, longing, and hope despite all else.

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His Excellency John Dramani Mahama is a writer, historian, communications expert, former member of Parliament and Minister of State, and sitting President of the Republic of Ghana. He lives in Accra, Ghana.

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It's a rich, gentle, powerful, kind African voice that is largely missing from America, and that is certainly invisible in American accounts of African politics. * Andrew Solomon, author of THE NOONDAY DEMON * I found the stories - or rather snapshots of a life - warm and engaging. I particularly liked the view of a complex world in microcosm. * Aminatta Forna, author of THE MEMORY OF LOVE * [Mahama's stories] lure the reader into an unforgettable journey in which he interacts with history as a living tissue. The characters and the episodes are part of the everyday but one imbued with magic and suggestive power that go beyond the concrete and the palpable to hint at history in motion. * Ngugi wa Thiongo, author of WEEP NOT CHILD and WIZARD OF THE CROW *

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