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This is easily the best book I have read in recent times. In fact, I bought This US in 2015 and read it twice. When I came back to India I wanted to buy a personal copy and lend it to my friends to share the pleasure of reading it, but then the price was prohibitive. Now that Amazon helped me to buy it in affordable price, I have no hesitation to give it 5 stars
I read this book a few years ago but I remember a lot. The analysis is supported by many case studies. It keeps away from the easy trap to blame all the issues of African countries on the former colonial country. It shows the corruption at the head of most states and describes it as the main reason why despite considerable mineral resources most countries are poverty ridden. I recently ordered this book for the son a a friend who is a young journalist, because I think it is a compulsory read to understand Africa. Congratulations to the author.
Fantastic book that gives you a remarkably detailed look into the looting machine (literally the mechanisms, events and individuals that enable the systematic, kleptocratic theft of wealth).
If you live in a rich, stable country thinking that this does not affect you, you are mistaken. Kleptocrats around the world are the reason why your western quality of life is decreasing. They are the reason that asset values are escaping the realms of what your own income can provide you with. The stolen money is spent in stable democracies is for example one of several reasons why London real estate is unaffordable for the masses. I wish Tom Burgis touched on that but there was already too much to explain about the looting machine itself. Fantastic book and I will probably read it again soon.
I recently went to Nigeria and this helped me to understand the current and ongoing state of affairs much better.
stunning and eye opening book that rips open the belly of corruption in resource rich SSA countries. The Chinese are late comers to the game but have managed to catch up and in a lot of cases bypass the incumbent "old" colonial powers. Would have liked to seen a little more on the corruption taking place in the Francophone SSA countries as this really does (did?) go to Presidential level and would have balanced out some of the Anglo detail. End of the day it is thievery and the countries involved will all have hell to pay come the day of reckoning and that day hopefully is on the horizon for the poor who pay the cost. A fine and readable book .
This is a must read for all those people who say "we have given millions to Africa and nothing has changed". Read this and u will understand how the west has looted all of Africa's resources for cheap goods for us.
Disgusting, terrifying story superbly written. Lifting the lid on the rape of Africa. Everyone should read this to be clear as to the filthy things that are going on even if they think they can guess already. I didn't get to finish reading it before a Nigerian friend came in and snatched it away murmuring how she hoped that the new President Buhari would at least be able to stop some of the corruption and theft.
Tom Burgis writes with such clarity and flare I found myself reading for hours on end totally gripped and, due to the nature of the subject, disgusted at what I was reading. A fantastic book, one which everyone should read regardless if you're interested in the topic; it will open your eyes to the most catastrophic corruption perpetrated by the most sickest men, both businessmen and so-called politicians alike.
Amazing book with a thorough and objective description and analysis of looting of Africa by multinational organisation warlords and politicians. The author interviews victims and participants in this looting system and explains brilliantly the mechanisms used to concentrate the distribution of African wealth between the elite classes of Africa and the Chinese/ western organisation.
Absolutely brilliant. Informed,intelligent and very addictive reading about a profoundly challenging subject. I've not heard of Tom Burgess before but the fellow can write with conviction ,passion and rational assessment.