Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “This House Has Fallen: Midnight in Nigeria” as Want to Read:
This House Has Fallen: Midnight in Nigeria
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

This House Has Fallen: Midnight in Nigeria

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  96 ratings  ·  16 reviews
This is an account of a journey into contemporary Africa's most powerful, most corrupt nation. To understand Africa, you have to understand Nigeria, and few Americans understand Nigeria better than Karl Maier. In the tradition of Philip Gourevitch's bestselling We Regret to Inform You and Redmond O'Hanlon's No Mercy, This House Has Fallen is a bracing, disturbing, evocativ ...more
Hardcover, 327 pages
Published December 31st 2000 by PublicAffairs (first published July 2000)
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 This House Has Fallen, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about This House Has Fallen

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 243)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Unwisely
I grabbed this the same time as Search for Africa:, The: History, Culture, Politics. Unfortunately this one was not nearly as wonderful. And definitely a slog.

I don't have a huge amount of background in West African history/culture and I got out of this book that Nigeria is ... kind of a mess of disparate cultures shoved together. Colonialism seems to have added some to the general mess, but it kind of sounds like it's been that way for quite a while.

There was a lot of recent history and politi
...more
Jerrodm
A worthwhile review of Nigeria's recent history and its current political issues, even if it feels a bit dated. The book was written almost 15 years ago, so that's not especially surprising, but it does feel like things have moved on quite a bit regarding Nigeria's politics, specifically where things sit with the civilian government, with the rise of extremist Islamic movements and especially Boko Haram, and more broadly the advances of much of the rest of sub-Saharan Africa over the past fiftee ...more
Laura
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.
David Smith
No single book will help the novice understand Nigeria but this one offers more than most. Possibly the best introduction to why Africa's Big Country has so many challenges, but still manages to stumble along.
Tim
I have never had the urge to visit Nigeria. This disturbing book did nothing to change my mind.
Peterson
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.
chris
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.
Jlbutler55
A sobering collection of essays about life in modern Nigeria. As a former resident of Nigeria, I could relate!
Jonah
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.
Marsha
"masterly tome on Nigerian politics and society" --
Alexis
This House Has Fallen by Karl Maier (2002)
Polly Callahan
excellent
written by a journalist
Ighiriaro Kelly michael
Ighiriaro Kelly michael marked it as to-read
Jul 27, 2015
Ighiriaro Kelly michael
Ighiriaro Kelly michael marked it as to-read
Jul 27, 2015
Olugbenga Shote
Olugbenga Shote marked it as to-read
Jul 09, 2015
Emily
Emily marked it as to-read
Jul 07, 2015
Ayuba musa
Ayuba musa marked it as to-read
May 28, 2015
Zainab Sulaiman
Zainab Sulaiman marked it as to-read
May 09, 2015
Imade
Imade marked it as to-read
May 08, 2015
Raphael Khan
Raphael Khan marked it as to-read
Apr 18, 2015
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • The Trouble with Nigeria
  • Africa: Dispatches from a Fragile Continent
  • It's Our Turn to Eat
  • Africa: Altered States, Ordinary Miracles
  • Untapped: The Scramble for Africa's Oil
  • The Shackled Continent: Africa's Past, Present and Future. Robert Guest
  • Toward the African Revolution
  • Hugo!: The Hugo Chavez Story from Mud Hut to Perpetual Revolution
  • Africa Doesn't Matter: How the West Has Failed the Poorest Continent and What We Can Do about It
  • There Is No Such Thing as a Natural Disaster: Race, Class, and Hurricane Katrina
  • Armor and Blood: The Battle of Kursk: The Turning Point of World War II
  • Unholy Alliance: Radical Islam And the American Left
  • How to Hustle and Win, Part One: A Survival Guide for the Ghetto
  • The Black Man's Burden: Africa and the Curse of the Nation-State
  • A Continent for the Taking: The Tragedy and Hope of Africa
  • China Shakes the World: A Titan's Rise and Troubled Future -- and the Challenge for America
  • 365 Ways To Change the World: How to Make a Difference-- One Day at a Time
  • War Before Civilization: The Myth of the Peaceful Savage
Angola: Promises and Lies Into the House of the Ancestors: Inside the New Africa Die Kaskoversicherung A Man of the People

Share This Book