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This House Has Fallen: Nigeria In Crisis

3.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  103 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
To understand Africa, one must understand Nigeria, and few Americans understand Nigeria better than Karl Maier. This House Has Fallen is a bracing and disturbing report on the state of Africa's most populous, potentially richest, and most dangerously dysfunctional nation.Each year, with depressing consistency, Nigeria is declared the most corrupt state in the entire world. ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published December 18th 2002 by Basic Books (first published July 2000)
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Feb 03, 2015 Unwisely rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, 2015
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
Feb 09, 2015 Jerrodm rated it liked it
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
Aug 09, 2014 Laura rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 27, 2014 David Smith rated it it was amazing
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.
Sep 07, 2014 Tim rated it really liked it
I have never had the urge to visit Nigeria. This disturbing book did nothing to change my mind.
Sep 04, 2012 Peterson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 it was amazing
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
Aug 23, 2011 Pete Williamson rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: africa
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
Sep 06, 2014 Ryan Mcconville rated it liked it
A good in-depth look at Nigeria.
Jun 21, 2010 Jlbutler55 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sobering collection of essays about life in modern Nigeria. As a former resident of Nigeria, I could relate!
Feb 17, 2008 Jonah rated it it was ok
informative, depressing, slows down after the first half; still, its always mentioned as a classic
Majekodunmi Oluoye
Jan 21, 2012 Majekodunmi Oluoye rated it really liked it
good book.not completely accurate. a bit tedious towards the end.
Nov 20, 2010 Marsha marked it as to-read
"masterly tome on Nigerian politics and society" --
This House Has Fallen by Karl Maier (2002)
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Jun 22, 2011 Polly Callahan rated it it was amazing
written by a journalist
Sep 17, 2007 Keri rated it really liked it
Nigeria's cool...
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