I Didn't Do It for You: How the World Betrayed a Small African Nation
"Go to the edge of the escarpment, on the outskirts of town, and you will find yourself on the lip of an abyss. You are at eye level with eagles that launch themselves like suicides into the voice, leaping into a blue haze into which mountain peaks, far-off valleys and distant sea all blur. at this altitude, only the most boisterous clouds succeed in rising high enough to drift over the city. Pinned down by gravity, they form instead a sulky cumulus eiderdown that bar ...more
The book is very readable. I wouldn't have minded it being a bit duller. It is anecdote heavy, which is its strength and maybe also its weakness. Not knowing in advance very much about Eritrea I would have liked a little more conventional demographics-economics to provide some context for the stories.
The author talks a lot about True Believers, westerners who adopt and idoli ...more
I am definitely glad I did. The history of everything is so much different than I ever thought or imagined. The most recent book I read that even mentions the Eritrea issue was "There is No Me Without You," a book about a ...more
The next I heard of Erithrea was ...more
Wrong, an Africa correspondent for the Financial Times, is no stranger to African politics. In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz (2001) covered Zaire's brutal history; this book attempts to put Eritrea in the public conscience. While chronicling each stage of the nation's history, Wrong creates lively profiles and successfully dissects geopolitical rivalries. Highly readable, the most compelling parts address the colonial and postwar eras, when the U.N. failed to act against Ethiopian repression. Other...more
She does the heavy lifting of research in both primary and secondary sources that she combines seamlessly with her work on the ground, speaking with and interviewing citizens of Eritrea from those around the president (possibl ...more
After reading this book I emerged with an extremely clear picture of Eritrea's history, struggles and subsequent plight. It made for an extremely good read.
Humility seems unlikely, but Eritreans no longer assume they know the answers to Africa's problems. As their present becomes murkier, they are losing the black-and-white certainties of the past. (389)Such writing, with its eye-roll-inducing cliches and generalities, ...more
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She joined Reuters news agency in the early 1980s and was posted as a foreign correspondent to Italy, France and Ivory Coast. She became a freelance journalist in 1994, when she moved to then-Zaire a ...more