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I think we all know that Africa’s resources are being exploited by large multinational corporations and a select few of African leaders. We know that billions are made in oil and other natural resources every year and that very little, if any of this money filters down to the man on the streets of Africa. In this way, the book teaches us very little. However, what this book does do is provide specific details of HOW this is happening- naming key people and corporations and explaining shady business deals that have taken place over the years. This can seem overwhelming to read as these deals are purposely made complicated to ensure that the people involved can make vast sums of money either illegally and/or unethically and their wrongdoings cannot be traced backed to them. The chapters are quite long, but it is an interesting read. Well worth it if you want to better understand how corruption works in Africa.
It is clear that Tom Burgis knows his stuff. This book is well researched and full of data and information. However, as I wanted to pick up a general idea of what’s going on in Africa, during some passages I felt stunt by the large number of names, companies, addresses, dates, etc. Which it made quite difficult to follow the thread.
If you want a detailed narrative of how the exploitation of Africa operates, this is a good piece of journalism.
One cannot fault the author for the sickening parade of graft and embezzlement that he describes. Unfortunately, most of the stories he tells were not news to me and after a while they end up being repetitive. The story is however very well told and the authors has clearly done a great deal of detective work investigating them.