It's Our Turn to Eat
"A fast-paced political thriller.... Wrong's gripping, thoughtful book stands as both a tribute to Githongo's courage and a cautionary tale." —New York Times Book Review
“On one level, It’s Our Turn to Eat reads like a John Le Carré novel.... On a deeper and much richer level, the book is an analysis of how and why Kenya descended into political violence.” — Washington Pos...more
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Rather than being a tell-all book about a corruption scandal - the book goes into some length about the nature of corruption in Kenya. Tribal identity and loyalty to clans -- and a culture of impunity are brought out very well in this biographical work.
Few peo ...more
It is written for an audience outside Kenya or the Kenyan generation born from the mid 1990s. There isn't much for someone who witnessed the Kenyatta, Moi, Kibaki and now Uhuru presidency. I was jazzed by John Githongo...not an easy thing to do but he did it and has possibly inspired change in one way or another.
I found it very well written. The book breezes through a ton of information in quick succession, leaving my mind reeling and needing to process. The main story line covers the 2002 Kenyan elections through the aftermath of t ...more
It's the way it's always been, and the way it should be.
If that story can be told well, then - hey - that's a bonus...
With It's Our Turn To Eat, Michela Wrong gets it half right.
The story should pretty much write itself - new Kenyan government sweeps in, promises to rid the country of corruption, and over time just changes who is being corrupt.
Only this ...more
Interestingly, Githongo went back to Kenya some years later and started r ...more
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The book centers on John Githongo, an idealist in a world where pragmatism ruled. He was appointed as the head of a new anti-corruption agency created by Mwai Kibaki, newly elected president of Kenya. Kibaki was only the third Chief Executive of the east ...more
"It's Our Turn To Eat" goes above and beyond the typical biography by combining political and sociological analysis, history, gossip and scandal together with interviews with John Githongo and other key inter/national players to form a ...more
from the beginning i was wrapped up in john githongo's story of whistle-blowing on the kenyan government. i learned a lot about kenya and how its colonial history drew strong ethnic lines that continue to define the country today. the attitudes of us vs them only serve to prevent the country from uniting and moving forward w ...more
Unfortunately there was a bit in the middle where I just felt like the story was going on with bits that dragged and seemed totally unrelated to what I thought the story was. I generally am not a huge fan of books written by journalists, so this could just be a refl ...more
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