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Learning to Love Africa: My Journey from Africa to Harvard Business School and Back
From the remote mountains of Liberia to the epicenter of New York City, Monique Maddy's life has been an extraordinary journey from an idyllic community to the chaos of city living. But Learning to Love Africa is far more than an exile's dream of return. Sent to the west at the tender age of six by her doting father, Maddy has spent her entire life struggling to reclaimher ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published April 13th 2004 by HarperBusiness
(first published April 1st 2004)
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At the end of the book, Maddy mentions that her professor suggested she write about her experiences to work through them. This book does seem more to be therapy for her, a chance to prove how she is right and how everyone else from co-workers more interested in vacations than business to inefficient NGO's led to her lack of success in business. It probably is an interesting case study for someone looking at free-market economic development in Africa, but it is definitely from a very specific per ...more
At its best when it focuses on the human elements of Maddy's life experiences, but, yes, it does get rather ax-to-grind-ish. I'm sure she could have found a subtler and more professional way to diss her interns. That said, I agree with her politics, which made the book a fun experience for me; likely if I were less sympathetic to her agenda, it would have just irritated me.