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Algeria by Martin Hintz
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Jan 16, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: childrens, non-fiction, algeria, africa
Read in January, 2011

Quite a bit of information about the government, an easily understood chapter on history and the final chapters are specifically about children in Algeria. I liked the captioned pictures, maps and extensive index as well as the section on Algeria's Literary World. The three Web Sites mentioned in the "To Find Out More" section are still valid, although the CIA Factbook has moved but has a redirect link. Here are the current links:
CIA World Factbook
Travel.State.Gov
Africanet.com

In the Literature section writers mentioned include outsiders Alexandre Dumas and Isabelle Eberhardt who wrote about Algeria as well as local authors Lucius Apuleius (who lived in the 2nd century), Assia Djebar, Ahlam Mosteghanemi, Mohammed Dib, Kateb Yacine, Mouloud Mammeri, Albert Camus, and Frantz Fanon -- a French author, born in Martinique who was stationed in Algeria during WW2 and later joined the FLN liberation front in 1955.

I liked the Meet the Author information in the back but was dismayed to find he lives in rural Wisconsin and no mention is made of his ever visiting Algeria. He "conducted interviews, visited the library ... and uncovered extensive information on the Internet."

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