The Betrayal of Africa: A Groundwork Guide

by Gerald Caplan
Editor Jane Springer

Groundwood Books Ltd | March 1, 2008 | Trade Paperback

The Betrayal of Africa: A Groundwork Guide is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.

"[The Groundwork Guides] are excellent books, mandatory for school libraries and the increasing body of young people prepared to take ownership of the situations and problems previous generations have left them." -- Globe and Mail

Think Africa, and many people think of brutal war, endless famine, pervasive corruption, unworthy rulers, universal poverty, an AIDS epidemic out of control. As this book in the Groundwork Guides series shows, these characteristics are both true and a caricature at the same time.

With the bold new presence of China in Africa, with an active and angry civil society demanding more from their governments, and with a new generation of leaders apparently committed to doing better in the future, a real possibility for positive change now exists. But for Africa to move forward, the citizens of rich countries must be aware of the false premises on which their own leaders deal with the continent.

While Africa faces a daunting list of challenges, the vast majority of the continent's citizens live ordinary lives with the hopes and dreams that all of us share.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 144 pages, 7.13 × 5.13 × 1.27 in

Published: March 1, 2008

Publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0888998252

ISBN - 13: 9780888998255

Appropriate for ages: 14

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read for anyone interested in Africa. Clear, concise and factual account of the dilemmas facing the continent of Africa. Easy to understand and brutually honest. Finally a book that presents all sides to the challenges facing Africa. Nobody has written it better.
Date published: 2008-06-09

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The Betrayal of Africa: A Groundwork Guide

The Betrayal of Africa: A Groundwork Guide

by Gerald Caplan
Editor Jane Springer

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 144 pages, 7.13 × 5.13 × 1.27 in

Published: March 1, 2008

Publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0888998252

ISBN - 13: 9780888998255

About the Book

In the wealthy West, it's assumed that Africa is the problem and we are the solution. This timely book argues the opposite. Though couched in benevolent terms, Western policies in fact have for decades helped fuel the continent's devastating decline. Every year, far more of Africa's riches flow out to the rich world than we plough into Africa. In this systematic process of exploitation, explains author Gerald Caplan, first-world leaders work in happy harmony with African despots to wreak havoc on their nations and peoples. "The Betrayal of Africa" explains its historical background, the contemporary situation, and how a conflation of elements -- China's bold new presence in Africa, an active and angry civil society demanding government reform, and fresh leadership -- is creating the possibility for positive change. Using simple, lucid language, the book helps Western readers understand what they can do to remedy a complex, increasingly dire situation that affects us all.

From the Publisher

"[The Groundwork Guides] are excellent books, mandatory for school libraries and the increasing body of young people prepared to take ownership of the situations and problems previous generations have left them." -- Globe and Mail

Think Africa, and many people think of brutal war, endless famine, pervasive corruption, unworthy rulers, universal poverty, an AIDS epidemic out of control. As this book in the Groundwork Guides series shows, these characteristics are both true and a caricature at the same time.

With the bold new presence of China in Africa, with an active and angry civil society demanding more from their governments, and with a new generation of leaders apparently committed to doing better in the future, a real possibility for positive change now exists. But for Africa to move forward, the citizens of rich countries must be aware of the false premises on which their own leaders deal with the continent.

While Africa faces a daunting list of challenges, the vast majority of the continent's citizens live ordinary lives with the hopes and dreams that all of us share.

About the Author

Gerald Caplan is a lifelong social and political activist with a passionate commitment to African development. He is the author of Rwanda: The Preventable Genocide, written for the International Panel of Eminent Personalities established by the Organization of African Unity to investigate the genocide. Gerald Caplan speaks widely about African development issues and genocide prevention on television and radio, and in newspaper opinion pieces. He lives near Toronto.Jane Springer is the author of Genocide, part of the Groundwork Guides series for which she is also the series editor. She is a consultant in international development and has lived and worked in Mozambique and India. She is the author of Listen to Us: The World's Working Children and translator of the Portuguese-language books Nest Egg and Tales from the Amazon. Jane Springer lives in Toronto.

Editorial Reviews

"...a small book for such a large continent with such huges issues, but this is no superficial primer for neophyte travellers and liberal do-gooders...Caplan and his publishers have produced a book that is popularly written in style, designed with tables and maps that illustrate superbly the basic concept that history does count...The Betrayal of Africa nicely explodes stereotypes that are still used today to justify economic and political exploitation..." - Hugh McCullum, AfricaFiles"...this title offers a concise, exploratory look...Caplan isn't afraid to delve into complexities, get personal and opinionated, and assign blame...His writing is well sourced and largely effective...This is ideal for classroom use..." - Booklist"A must read for students, scholars, educators and anyone else who cares about the human family, our interconnectedness and our interdependence. Gerry Caplan cuts through the myths, stereotypes, and platitudes to give both a thoughtful and thought provoking look at Africa, its history, its many peoples, and its role, often as pawn, in world politics. His book details the interference, the indifference, and the utter contempt, often under the guise of 'doing good', that has defined how the world continues to betray Africa." - Barbara Coloroso"Gerry Caplan has written a compelling, comprehensive and swift-moving guide to the politics and challenges of modern Africa...fascinating..." - Stephanie Nolen"The Betrayal of Africa presents a concise but comprehens
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Appropriate for ages: 14