Really interesting and informative but way outdated
Nothing more current than 2014
How about a follow up or a revised edition?
African mining laid bare, interesting details
I wish he had touched more on the South African problems, but perhaps they are less appealing given the value of the oil economy, and the humanitarian cost of cobalt and diamond mining in the countries to the north. The picture he paints is that it is still a scramble for Africa, with European monarchs simply replaced by ruthless business people from across the globe (Isreal, China, Switzerland, and the UK stand out, it must be said) who get in by simply backing the right warlord...
This book provides a coherent explanation of how and why African countries remain poor. Despite the grim subject it's a compelling narrative full of engaging anecdotal detail of the author’s investigation, and it is well narrated. I feel much better informed more outraged. In my business and personal life I will seek not to contribute to the exploitation of African countries, and look for ways to help.
I love reporting that is dense with research. Burgis is across his brief. Every chapter is packed with stories with major players in a complex network of skulduggery. The interconnectedness of rich non Africans, wealth in the African ground, corporate aspiration for unaccountable tax free exploitation of Africation resources and the various interesting African players creates a fascinating narrative. Not a book with many heroes or hope filled stories.
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