This House Has Fallen: Midnight in Nigeria
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This House Has Fallen: Midnight in Nigeria

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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.
I have never had the urge to visit Nigeria. This disturbing book did nothing to change my mind.
Very well written book. The author shows that he understand the country and its people history and politics very well.
If you want to better understand the most populous country in Africa, I strongly advise you to read it.
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.
Pete Williamson
A bit hard to follow, this being my first exposure to all the names and places of Nigeria, but that could also be due to the complexity of Nigeria's history.
Ryan Mcconville
A good in-depth look at Nigeria.
A sobering collection of essays about life in modern Nigeria. As a former resident of Nigeria, I could relate!
informative, depressing, slows down after the first half; still, its always mentioned as a classic
Majekodunmi Oluoye
good book.not completely accurate. a bit tedious towards the end.
"masterly tome on Nigerian politics and society" --
This House Has Fallen by Karl Maier (2002)
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written by a journalist
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