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To preserve these articles as they originally appeared, The Times does not alter, edit or update them. Significantly, some of the conclusions are the same: that the West must not ignore Africa, and that what the continent needs most is not guns but education. He is able to describe the unfamiliar by using familiar references and he beautifully describes details.

But it is impossible to give a fair picture of some African countries without brief descriptions of some trips we took. Access options Get access to the full version of this content by using one of the access options below. Each article originally printed in this magazine is available here, complete and unedited from the historical print. If his experiences there came at the end of his long journey, it may well be that he was tired and could not attack this subject with his usual élan. Ghana gets an indulgent interview with the (black) Prime Minister, Dr Kwame Nkrumah, then a quick side trip to Togoland - British Togoland, which was joined to Gold Coast and is now part of Ghana, and French Togoland - now Togo.e., suppression of four-fifths of the people of the country) and it is in some respects the ugliest government I have ever encountered in the free world. Tanganyika, starting with Kilimanjaro and Uganda make up the section on British East Africa - Tanganyika being a UN trust territory administered by the British, Uganda a protectorate. Britain - British objective is to train the Africans for complete self-government, within the Commonwealth. Gunthers task was aggravated by serious eye trouble which made the taking of notes and the reading and rereading of them an ordeal. France seems to be a bit more reluctant to leave everything behind, is apparently working on assimilating its people and even has black representatives in the French Legislature in Paris!

There is only so much justice nine-hundred pages can do, but it certainly beats Inside Asia, which while not a bad book certainly feels lightweight considering the subject. You will get to feel the presence of men like Nasser and Haile Selassie, fully knowing that they're at the head of a new age. Nonetheless overall an excellent book, which while showing its age, manages to nonetheless serve as a valuable historical record, an insight into a crucial period in the continent's history. The coincidence is depressing testimony to the failures of three decades of political change and economic decline.Imperialism and colonialism, if not highly respectable, were at least accepted as normal conditions at the turn of the century and for some time afterwards. Dust wrapper supplied in archive acetate film protection, this preserves and prolongs the life of the paper, it is not adhered to the book or to the dust wrapper. In 1942, as a Staff Officer in G2, he was assigned to the section covering the campaign in North Africa, and after the successful termination of that operation he teas sent to Dakar as our Military Observer in French West Africa. Ethiopia is next on the list, where Haile Selassie is described with the least respect I have seen - referred to as dainty and 'exceptionally short'; although the author was granted an audience. Defenseless Africa, already conquered and divided, but with only a fraction of its potentials realized or exploited, lies there today—perhaps the hope of the world, perhaps destined to chaos.

As soon as you feel the weight of the book in your hands it certainly feels like it's an effort to cover a continent. Until I read this book I did not know, for example, that the horn of a rhinoceros is made of hair, not ivory; or that hippos “have reddish sweat”; or that the roar of a lion “can be audible at a distance of six or seven miles. Scholars may find that its very scope precludes detailed analysis of any one particular subject, but Mr. A chapter on gold and diamonds completed the South Africa section with more vigour, and then a short chapter on 'German' South-West Africa, which is now Namibia. It is when one gets to British East Africa, including Kenya, Tanganyika, and Uganda, that the racial tensions become acute.One critic noted that it was Gunther's special gift to "unite the best qualities of the newspaperman and the historian. People who he views as great men often turned out in reality to be brutal thugs and Africa fell far behind his predictions. WITH ''The Africans'' David Lamb has produced a timely and valuable work that cuts through many of the distorted images propagated by Africans themselves, by the continent's apologists and by its detractors. The African people speak something like seven hundred main languages and innumerable tribal dialects. He doesn't like describing places that he hasn't visited and goes to the extent of apparently being the the first non-Portuguese to ever ask the government to visit the Fort of St.

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