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Guinea: The Mobilization of a People
Guinea: The Mobilization of a People
By Claude Rivière
Cornell University Press, 1977, 262 pp.

The subtitle is misleading; what the author is describing is the progressive immobilization of Guinean political and economic life over two decades in which the increasingly coercive mechanisms of Sekou Touré's socialism collided with the realities of underdevelopment. The author moves authoritatively across an impressive range of data, significantly enriching the rather meager literature on contemporary Guinea.