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In the Land of Magic Soldiers A Story of White and Black in West Africa

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ISBN-10: 031242292X

ISBN-13: 9780312422929

Edition: Revised 

Authors: Daniel Bergner

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An Los Angeles Times Best Book 2003 In Sierra Leone, rampaging soldiers have made a custom of hacking off the hands of their victims, then letting them live as the ultimate emblem of terror. The country is so desperate that, forty years after independence, its people long to be recolonized. In this book, the acclaimed author of novelist and journalist follows a set of Western would-be saviors and a set of Sierra Leoneans, who take us into a land of beauty, horror, resilience and redemption. From mercenaries to missionaries, child soldiers to parent fugitives, Bergner tells this racially charged story with sensitivity and precision, creating an unforgettable work of literary reportage.
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Book details

List price: $20.00
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 10/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Novelist and journalist Daniel Bergner was raised in Washington state, the son of two dedicated public servants. While covering the annual Louisiana State Prison at Angola rodeo, he discovered corruption in the form of Warden Burl Cain, who requested a payment of $50,000 and the right of editorial control on Bergner's project. Bergner's eventual book on the affair, God of the Rodeo: The Search for Hope, Faith and a Six-Second Ride in Louisiana's Angola Prison, deals in part with the fact that not all public servants are as helpful or as dedicated as his parents were.