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Africa Works: Disorder As Political Instrument (African Issues) (Paperback), by Patrick Chabal and Jean-Pascal Daloz. Indiana University Press (April 1999).
How do political systems in Africa work? How are the prospects for reform and renewal in African societies affected by the emerging elites? And is "modernization" in Africa different? The authors conclude that relations of power between rulers and the ruled continue to inform the role of the state and the expectations of the newly emphasized civil society, a process they call "re-traditionalizing." Information

Challenging De Gaulle: The O.A.S and the Counter-Revolution in Algeria, 1954-1962 (Hardcover), by Alexander Harrison. Praeger Publishers (February 3, 1989).
The best account in English to date of the Organization Armee Secrete (OAS) during the French-Algerian war, 1945-1962. Besides using earlier works like Geoffrey Bocca's The Secret Army (CH, May '69), Hamilton has collected a voluminous amount of oral testimony concerning this period. The book is a very informative account of the Algerian War based almost solely on these primary sources. A clear explanation of the bitter struggle between the Algerian Front de Liberation Nationale and the OAS is presented with all of its death, torture, and terror. Indeed, the French forces in Algeria became a serious threat to the government of President Charles De Gaulle. Several assassination attempts were made against the French president. De Gaulle described the OAS as "thugs consumed by totalitarian passion . . . " Not only is this work a valuable source for North African specialists, it will also appeal to undergraduates and general readers. Information

Counterinsurgency in Africa: The Portuguese Way of War, 1961-1974 (Contributions in Military Studies) (Hardcover). by John P. Cann. Greenwood Press (February 28, 1997).
"A fascinating and comprehensive account on the Portuguese-African Campaigns...Through careful research and a balanced presentation of oral history, Captain Dr. Cann shows how a counterinsurgency war could be fought. To my knowledge, this is the best book in English on the subject." - Brigadier-General Renato F. Marques Pinto Former Chief of Military Intelligence, Angola and former Army Chief of Staff, Mozambique.

Days Of The Generals: The Untold Story of South Africas Apartheid-era Military Generals (Paperback), by Hilton Hamann. Struik Publishers; 1st ed edition (July 23, 2007).
Days of the Generals is based on interviews with the former generals of the South African Defence Force: Magnus Malan, Constand Viljoen, Jannie Geldenhuys, Georg Meiring, Hein du Toit and Chris Thirion. For the first time, they have opened up and told their side of the story about events in southern Africa from the 1970s to the present. Theirs is an explosive story, giving behind-the-scenes information about covert operations, secret meetings, strategic alliances and full-scale war. The book looks in detail at South Africa's involvement in Angola, Namibia and Mozambique. It examines the armed struggle of the ANC and the state's war weapons, South Africa's nuclear program and other "top secret" issues. This is essential reading for anyone interested in southern African politics and military history. Information

Guns and Gandhi in Africa: Pan-African Insights on Nonviolence, Armed Struggle and Liberation (Paperback), by Bill Sutherland and Matt Meyer. Africa World Press (February 2000).
Guns and Gandhi in Africa: Pan African Insights on Nonviolence, Armed Struggle and Liberation in Africa examines the strategies and tactics used in achieving an end to colonialism, from the point of view of those who led the liberation movements. Reporting upon the candid reflections of leaders throughout the continent, the book reviews how methods of struggle influenced the independent governments of the past five decades. Based on dialogues with a broad spectrum of Africans, who have played key roles in both revolution and reform, the authors suggest that, despite great problems facing the whole continent, there is much room for hope and possibility. Participants in these discussions--excerpts of which are shared here for the first time--include Ela Gandhi, Kenneth Kaunda, Graca Machel, Sam Nujoma, Julius Nyerere, Jerry John Rawlins, Salim Ahmed Salim and Walter Sisulu. Based on some ten years of collaboration, 'Guns and Gandhi in Africa' also chronicles a unique Pan-Africanist peace perspective. The authors, coming from different generational, regional, and cultural frameworks, reflect upon their own activist and academic experiences. In particular, Bill Sutherland's work from his move to the Gold Coast in 1953 up to his decades in Dar-es-Salaam set the context of much of the dialogues. His interactions with such figures as Kwame Nkrumah, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, C.L.R. James and other is shared in both personal reflections and political analysis. An active participant in three historic Pan-African conferences, as well as in countless peace and nonviolence seminars and trainings, Sutherland's story helps bridge the gaps between diverse and sometimes conflicting progressive peoples. Information

Revolution, Counter-Revolution and Revisionism in Postcolonial Africa: The Case of Mozambique, 1975-1994 (Studies in Modern History) (Hardcover), by Alice Dinerman. Routledge; 1 edition (May 25, 2006).  Information

The Fate of Africa: A History of Fifty Years of Independence (Paperback), by Martin Meredith. PublicAffairs; New Ed edition (June 26, 2006).
When the decolonization of European empires in Africa began 50 years ago, the process was greeted with jubilation and immense hope for the future. Blessed with bountiful natural resources and led by Western-educated elites, the continent seemed to have a realistic chance to create stable, prosperous, democratic societies. Why did it all go wrong, and can it be made right? Meredith is a journalist, biographer, and historian who has written extensively on modern African history. His massive but very readable examination of African history over the past century unfolds like a drawn-out tragedy. Of course, the arrogance and ignorance of European masters planted the seeds of many of Africa's current problems. But Meredith refuses to let Africans off the hook for the endemic violence, corruption, and political repression that plague so many African states. While he pays tribute to icons like Mandela and Senghor, his contempt for the venality and worship of power that has characterized so many leaders from Nasser to Mugabe is palatable and justified by extensive documentation. One hopes for shreds of optimism for the future, but Meredith remains skeptical. This is a brilliant and vitally important work for all who wish to understand Africa and its beleaguered people. Information

Understanding Civil War: Evidence and Analysis, Vol. 1--Africa (Paperback), by Paul Collier and Nicholas Sambanis (Editors). World Bank Publications (August 23, 2005).
The two volumes of Understanding Civil War build upon the World Bank's prior research on conflict and violence, particularly on the work of Paul Collier and Anke Hoeffler, whose model of civil war onset has sparked much discussion on the relationship between conflict and development in what came to be known as the "greed" versus "grievance" debate. The authors systematically apply the Collier-Hoeffler model to 15 countries in 6 different regions of the world, using a comparative case study methodology to revise and expand upon economic models of civil war. The book concludes that the "greed" versus "grievance" debate should be abandoned for a more complex model that considers greed and grievance as inextricably fused motives for civil war. Information


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