My First Coup D'etat and Other True Stories From the Lost Decades of Africa

My First Coup D'etat and Other True Stories From the Lost Decades of Africa

Book - 2013
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My First Coup d'Etat chronicles the coming-of-age of John Dramani Mahama in Ghana during the dismal post-independence "lost decades" of Africa. He was seven years old when rumors of a coup reached his boarding school in Accra. His father, a minister of state, was imprisoned for more than a year.

My First Coup d'Etat offers an intimate look at the country that has long been considered Africa's success story. This is a one-of-a-kind book: Mahama's is a rare literary voice from a political leader, and his personal stories work on many levels--as history, as cultural and political analysis, as fables, and, of course, as the memoir of a young man who unbeknownst to him or anything else, would grow up to be president of his nation. Though nonfiction, these are stories that rise above their specific settingsand transport the reader into a world all their own, one that evokes the universal human emotions of love, fear, faith, despair, loss, longing, and hope despite all else.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2013, c2012
ISBN: 9781608198870
Branch Call Number: History 966.705 MAH


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Dec 13, 2012

This is an amazing story, written by the current president of Ghana. He was vice-president when it was published. John Dramani Mahama was born just a short time after Ghana became independent. The stories tell of major happenings in Mahama’s childhood and youth that shaped him and many other young Africans of that era. It is honest, straight-forward, at times chilling, and a very good way to get a picture of what has shaped the people of Ghana. It should be compulsory reading for a high school current affairs class.


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