My First Coup D'Etat And Other True Stories from the Lost Decades of Africa

ISBN-10: 1608198871
ISBN-13: 9781608198870
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Description: My First Coup d'Etatchronicles 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 5/14/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.100

My First Coup d'Etatchronicles 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'Etatoffers 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 unbeknownstto him or anything else, would grow up to be president of his nation. Though nonfiction, these are stories that rise above their specific settings and 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.

Introduction: The "Lost Decades"
My First Coup d'Etat
The District Commissioner's Hat
Of Silence and Solidarity
Wild Lions and Little Boys with Catapults
Full Moon Dance
How I Got My Christian Name
Sankofa
Teenagers in Tamale
Frozen Fire
Praise for the Powerful
Union Government
Truth Stands
Perilous Crossings
Ghana Must Go
Providence
Tovarisch
Coda: Return of Hope … Anaa?
Acknowledgements

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