I Didn't Do It for You How the World Betrayed a Small African Nation

ISBN-10: 0060780932

ISBN-13: 9780060780937

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Authors: Michela Wrong
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Description: Scarred by decades of conflict and occupation, the craggy African nation of Eritrea has weathered the world's longest-running guerrilla war. The dogged determination that secured victory against Ethiopia, its giant neighbor, is woven into the national psyche, the product of cynical foreign interventions. Fascist Italy wanted Eritrea as the springboard for a new, racially pure Roman empire; Britain sold off its industry for scrap; the United States needed a base for its state-of-the-art spy station; and the Soviet Union used it as a pawn in a proxy war. In I Didn't Do It for You, Michela Wrong reveals the breathtaking abuses this tiny nation has suffered and, with a sharp eye for detail and a taste for the incongruous, tells the story of colonialism itself and how international power politics can play havoc with a country's destiny.

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List price: $16.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 6/13/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

As a foreign correspondent for Reuters news agency, Michela Wrong began her career reporting on papal pronouncements in Rome and fashion collections in Paris. She later moved to Africa, where she spent six years covering events across the continent for Reuters, the BBC and the Financial Times. She is now based in London.

Foreword
The City Above the Clouds
The Last Italian
The Steel Snake
This Horrible Escarpment
The Curse of the Queen of Sheba
The Feminist Fuzzy-Wuzzy
'What do the baboons want?'
The Day of Mourning
The Gold Cadillac Site
Blow Jobs, Bugging and Beer
Death of the Lion
Of Bicycles and Thieves
The End of the Affair
The Green, Green Grass of Home
Arms and the Man
'Where are our socks?'
A Village of No Interest
'It's good to be normal'
Chronology
Glossary and acronyms
Notes
Other sources
Acknowledgements
Index
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