This House Has Fallen: Midnight in Nigeria
by Karl Maier
To understand Africa, you have to understand Nigeria, and few Americans understand Nigeria better than Karl Maier. In the tradition of Philip Gourevitch's betselling We Regret to Inform You... and Redmond O'Hanlon's No Mercy, This House Has Fallen is a bracing, disturbing, evocative report on the state of Africa's most populous, potentially richest, and most dangerously dy...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published July 1st 2000 by PublicAffairs
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Great first introduction to Nigerian politics and country in general. It's rather dated now but still great to understand tribal differences, geographical strengths, corruption levels and positioning in Africa up until Obasanjo's term.
Oct 04, 2007 chris rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Recommends it for: expats traveling to Nigeria
This is a super good review of Nigerian history and politics up to the first election of Obisanjo. If you are traveling to Nigeria, this will be your reference point for all the craziness that ensues.