Journalism on Africa by William Boyd

William Boyd
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TIP & RUN 
The Untold Tragedy of the Great War in Africa
By Edward Paice

 

In the winter and spring of 1980/81 I was living in Oxford busy writing and researching my second novel, An Ice-Cream War, which had as its setting the First World War in East Africa, more precisely the long inter-colonial conflict between the British East Africa (today’s Kenya) and German East (Tanzania).  How I would have welcomed Edward Paice’s superb history of that ...

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A LONG WAY GONE
Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

By Ishmael Beah

What is it about African wars that is so disturbing? Why do they unsettle us so?  We in the civilised West know all about bestial and mindless cruelty, as the events of 1939-45 so graphically prove. And yet as we read about Darfur and Mogadishu today and recall Rwanda and Sierra Leone not so long ago, or Biafra and the Congo further back, we realise that these vicious, bitter African conflicts have left their trace upon contemporary history, and upon contemporary consciousness, in ways that are somehow different from the usual squalid reckoning that modern warfare encourages...

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