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The professor in the Department of Government at Cornell University selects the most important books on Africa reviewed during the last year. Here are his reviews, culled from recent issues of the magazine.
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The remarkably prolific Ellis has written a fascinating history of the internal politics of the African National Congress (ANC) in the 30 years during which it was banned in South Africa and was forced to operate from bases outside the country. Ellis’ research suggests that the South African Communist Party enjoyed a higher degree of influence on the ANC's decision-making than has been acknowledged by the ANC's leadership.
Jerven demonstrates with devastating clarity that African governments produce imprecise economic statistics that should not be trusted.
Although Adebanwi’s book ranges broadly across recent Nigerian history, its central purpose is to assess postcolonial Nigeria’s most serious campaign to eradicate large-scale corruption.