Head of Zeus, 2018
Few books have explained the tragic history of post-independence Africa-caught between two
It was an extremely engaging read and rarely felt dry and uninteresting and does an admirable job in dispelling a common misconception that African countries are all similar politically and instead shows how fluid and varied politics in Africa truly is as well as how it relates to the rest of the world.
My one major criticism is that the book was lacking any serious analysis of the conditions which lead to the emergence of brutal dictatorships, both in the form of the state system and domestic environment. Individual dictators are often discussed in great depth whereas many of their subordinates and foreign backers receive far less attention (although the Nigerian chapter was excellent in this regard, the rest of the book felt lacking).
overall, a thoroughly interesting, albeit sometimes depressing, history of tragic misrule in parts of the African continent with a nuanced and respectful tone.