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Thomas Sankara Speaks: The Burkina Faso Revolution, 1983-1987

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Under SankaraÂs leadership, the revolutionary government of Burkina Faso in West Africa set an electrifying example. Peasants, workers, women, and youth mobilized to carry out literacy and immunization drives; to sink wells, plant trees, build dams, erect housing; to combat the oppression of women and transform exploitative relations on the land; to free themselves from th ...more
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Published March 3rd 2008 by Pathfinder Press (first published December 1st 1988)
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Joseph Edwards
Jan 08, 2012 Joseph Edwards rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is a certain tragedy in the life of Thomas Sankara, and it is not at first glance obvious. Sankara was the first President of Burkina Faso, an authentic revolutionary who managed in just four years to transform his society and his homeland in a way it is doubtful most would believe to be possible if told, before his assassination in 1987 and the destruction of his revolution by his former comrade Blaise Compaore.

What do I refer to by tragedy? It is not, as such, his death. As unpleasant a
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Sara Salem
Nov 02, 2014 Sara Salem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thomas Sankara's breadth and depth is breathtaking. The way he links different struggles, different economic relationships, and different social forces is amazing. In every speech, he mentions African Americans, Palestinians, Cubans, Black South Africans, drawing links between anti-imperialism globally. His writings on gender and African traditions are also interesting. Must-read!
kaśyap
Sep 21, 2015 kaśyap rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thomas Sankara, the upright man, was a remarkable individual. A staunch anti-imperialist revolutionary who, in four years in power, has induced miraculous changes in Burkina Faso, one of the most downtrodden countries in the world. He carried out a radical land reform programme and succeeded in achieving self sufficiency in food. He nationalised all the mineral wealth of the nation. School attendance was doubled and the infant mortlaity rate was reduced in the first two years of his reign. He ca ...more
Joanna
Jul 24, 2014 Joanna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thomas Sankara was an inspiring leader whose words and actions reflected his intellectual, humane and social intelligence. Unfortunately, his amazing accomplishments and vision cannot be summarized in this review. Sankara is a hero who took drastic measures to denounce the evils and injustices of imperialism and worked for the freedom, happiness and dignity of Burkinabes, Africans, and all human beings. According to Sankara, "imperialism is determined, it has no conscience, it has no heart" [178 ...more
Ida Djiguimde
Dec 18, 2014 Ida Djiguimde rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I highly recommend this book. I actually read it two times. Great speeches from a great man with such incredible political ideologies. Africa needs more charismatic leaders such as Thomas Sankara. Read it please.
Nick
This book provides an excellent view into Sankara's rationalization of the Burkinabe revolution. I agree with much of Joseph Edwards review, particularly the description of Sankara's words going beyond (though only marginally beyond) mere rhetoric into the nuts and bolts of a revolutionary society in the midst of the 1980s. I also wholeheartedly agree that one of the biggest tragedies of Sankara's life is that he is almost completely unknown outside of the world of specialists and in particular ...more
Molebatsi
Dec 26, 2015 Molebatsi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thomas Sankara Speaks is definitive text on the little known and much neglected but powerful
African leader. They killed him and thought it was the end of him, through this book he has come alive to continue to haunt imperialism and its cohorts. This is a master piece like the teachings of Buddha, Christ or Muhammad.
Fabio Bertino
Aug 13, 2013 Fabio Bertino rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: resistenze
Una delle grandi speranze tradite dell'Africa (e non solo...). A 25 anni di distanza i suoi discorsi sono di un'attualità impressionante.
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Thomas Isidore Noël Sankara was a Burkinabé military captain, Marxist revolutionary, pan-Africanist theorist, feminist, and President of Burkina Faso from 1983 to 1987. Viewed by supporters as a charismatic and iconic figure of revolution, he is commonly referred to as "Africa's Che Guevara".
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