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Saving Africa investigates the root causes of underdevelopment in developing countries, particularly in post-colonial Africa. It also identifies the factors that inhibit progress: the cultural barriers to development; the political instability and the inappropriate choice of political system that has hampered the development of so many African countries; the economic probl ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 28th 2017 by Troubador Publishing Ltd
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Clare O'Beara
Very interesting to read about modern problems in African nations from the point of view of an African gentleman and world traveller. This is a careful and reasoned analysis by a man who doesn't claim to be an economist or sociologist, but an observer.

The post-colonial times saw newly independent nations often still in trade agreements with former colonisers, in some cases with security forces of those nations on their soil, or resources exploited. We are told that the new leaders usually decid
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Dora Okeyo
Jan 28, 2018 rated it liked it
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I was taken by the title of this book, because one, I am an African and two, I reside on the continent. The history of African countries are unique, but the one thing you'll find in most save a few like, Ethiopia and Liberia, is that we were colonized and the post-colonial governance has not been all we thought it'd be.
This book explores all that and more and I did agree when he said that at the root of our underdevelopment, corruption and most civil wars are our leaders and their leadership mi
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Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
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I was disappointed by this book because, although it starts out with a few interesting-looking ideas, it doesn't really progress from that point. Amessa has strong opinions on the political direction Africa in its entirety should take however actually getting to those root ideas in this book is a slog. The writing is very long-winded. Every opinion is repeated several times and Amessa seems to continually turn in circles so the book is at lea
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Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Amessa makes a lot of good points in this book, but there are no citations provided in the text (at least in the ebook version). I do believe everything he is saying is accurate, but I was really hoping that he would provide citations to the resources he used while writing this book. I found large sections of this book to be redundant and I was unable to finish reading this book in it's entirety. This took me a really long time to finally put down because I kept hoping the author's writing style ...more
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