Blood on the Tracks: A Rail Journey from Angola to Mozambique
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Blood on the Tracks: A Rail Journey from Angola to Mozambique

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The Colonial railway which spans the African continent is the only direct route linking the Atlantic and Indian oceans. It meanders through three civil wars, five countries, a couple of rain ofrrests and the histroy of tentiieth-century Africa. By following the railways, Miles Bredin guides us through some of the saddest, poorest and most corrupt countires in the world; Fr...more
Paperback, 257 pages
Published 1995 by Picador (first published 1994)
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An enlightening, dryly amusing and above all terrifying book, detailing Bredin's attempt to travel across Africa by rail. taking in Angola, Ziare, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. If you're interested in railways there's something for you here though not much, if you're interested in the state of Africa in the early 90s then there's much for you and if you're not aware of what goes on in these countries then read immediately but prepare to be horrified by it.

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I'd give this a solid three and a half, but given the choice, I'm coming down with a 3 for Bredin (a Brit) and his inexplicable glossing over of Britain's atrocities in Africa until the last five pages, while the U.S., Portugal, France, Belgium, even Canada get ragged on throughout the book. It's not totally distracting, but there's the occasional image of a British diplomat in khaki shorts and a machete facing down the jungle, clearly meant to be impressive, that's actually just one part ludicr...more

With photographs by Harriet Logan

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Front Quote:
When elephants fight it is the grass that suffers.

Africa is the home of the acronym. Please do not shy away from them. Had I avoided them the book would be twice the length. M.B.


Opening: Zaïre's embassy in London is a grand stucco-fronted building on Chesham Place. It looks impressive from a distance. Someone, however, has stolen the nameplate, the fl...more
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