Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Thomas Sankara Speaks: The Burkina Faso Revolution, 1983-87” as Want to Read:
Thomas Sankara Speaks: The Burkina Faso Revolution, 1983-87
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Thomas Sankara Speaks: The Burkina Faso Revolution, 1983-87

4.57  ·  Rating Details  ·  72 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
The leader of the Burkina Faso revolution recounts how peasants and workers in this West African country began confronting hunger, illiteracy, and economic backwardness prior to the 1987 coup in which Sankara was murdered.
Paperback, 260 pages
Published January 1st 1989 by Pathfinder Press (NY) (first published December 1st 1988)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Thomas Sankara Speaks, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Thomas Sankara Speaks

How Europe Underdeveloped Africa by Walter RodneyThey Came Before Columbus by Ivan Van SertimaKing Leopold's Ghost by Adam HochschildDestruction of Black Civilization by Chancellor WilliamsPrecolonial Black Africa by Cheikh Anta Diop
Africa - Nonfiction
12th out of 81 books — 61 voters
Blood River by Tim ButcherThings Fall Apart by Chinua AchebeThe Poisonwood Bible by Barbara KingsolverHalf of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieHeart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
226th out of 1,130 books — 1,160 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 467)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Joseph Edwards
Jan 08, 2012 Joseph Edwards rated it it was amazing
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
Sara Salem
Nov 02, 2014 Sara Salem rated it it was amazing
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!
Sep 21, 2015 kaśyap rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 24, 2014 Joanna rated it it was amazing
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
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.
Mar 03, 2012 Nick rated it really liked it
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
Dec 26, 2015 Molebatsi rated it it was amazing
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.
Dennis marked it as to-read
Feb 10, 2016
Kukkuru marked it as to-read
Feb 09, 2016
Boitumelo marked it as to-read
Feb 08, 2016
Mikhail Ikpoma
Mikhail Ikpoma marked it as to-read
Feb 05, 2016
Damola Durosomo
Damola Durosomo marked it as to-read
Feb 01, 2016
Ben Wilburs
Ben Wilburs marked it as to-read
Jan 29, 2016
Ishmael rated it it was amazing
Jan 29, 2016
Howin rated it it was amazing
Jan 21, 2016
Jon Rupinski
Jon Rupinski marked it as to-read
Jan 20, 2016
Daniel marked it as to-read
Jan 19, 2016
Charles Cole
Charles Cole marked it as to-read
Jan 14, 2016
Graham marked it as to-read
Jan 13, 2016
Adelard marked it as to-read
Jan 13, 2016
Aleko Kvakhadze
Aleko Kvakhadze marked it as to-read
Jan 10, 2016
Bwesigye Mwesigire
Bwesigye Mwesigire is currently reading it
Jan 09, 2016
Leena Vango
Leena Vango marked it as to-read
Jan 05, 2016
Noélle marked it as to-read
Jan 04, 2016
Moleboheng marked it as to-read
Jan 03, 2016
Louise marked it as to-read
Jan 01, 2016
Gabriel Azevedo
Gabriel Azevedo marked it as to-read
Dec 31, 2015
Adeeb Nqo
Adeeb Nqo marked it as to-read
Dec 29, 2015
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 15 16 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Citizen and Subject: Contemporary Africa and the Legacy of Late Colonialism
  • Decolonising the Mind: The Politics of Language in African Literature
  • On the Postcolony
  • Fela: This Bitch of a Life
  • Toward the African Revolution
  • Two Thousand Seasons
  • The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South
  • Ghana: Autobiography of Kwame Nkrumah
  • My Disillusionment in Russia
  • In My Father's House: Africa in the Philosophy of Culture
  • I Write What I Like: Selected Writings
  • There Was a Country: A Personal History of Biafra
  • Karl Marx: A Biography
  • The Invention of Africa: Gnosis, Philosophy, and the Order of Knowledge
  • Unity and Struggle
  • My Life
  • How Europe Underdeveloped Africa
  • Arrows of Rain
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".
More about Thomas Sankara...

Share This Book