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The Betrayal of Africa

A Groundwork Guide Groundwork Guides

Written by Gerald Caplan • Series edited by Jane Springer

For readers - 14 years old | Published March 01, 2008 | ISBN 9781554980031
YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / People & Places / Africa

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144 pages
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About this book

The Betrayal of Africa

A Groundwork Guide

Groundwork Guides

Gerald Caplan • Jane Springer

"[The Groundwork Guides] are excellent books, mandatory for school libraries and the increasing body of young people prepared to take ownership of the situations and problems previous generations have left them." -- Globe and Mail

Think Africa, and many people think of brutal war, endless famine, pervasive corruption, unworthy rulers, universal poverty, an AIDS epidemic out of control. As this book in the Groundwork Guides series shows, these characteristics are both true and a caricature at the same time.

With the bold new presence of China in Africa, with an active and angry civil society demanding more from their governments, and with a new generation of leaders apparently committed to doing better in the future, a real possibility for positive change now exists. But for Africa to move forward, the citizens of rich countries must be aware of the false premises on which their own leaders deal with the continent.

While Africa faces a daunting list of challenges, the vast majority of the continent's citizens live ordinary lives with the hopes and dreams that all of us share.

About the Creators

Gerald Caplan

Gerald Caplan is a lifelong social and political activist with a passionate commitment to African development. He is the author of Rwanda: The Preventable Genocide, written for the International Panel of Eminent Personalities established by the Organization of African Unity to investigate the genocide. Gerald Caplan speaks widely about African development issues and genocide prevention on television and radio, and in newspaper opinion pieces. He lives near Toronto.

Jane Springer

Jane Springer is the author of Genocide, part of the Groundwork Guides series for which she is also the series editor. She is a consultant in international development and has lived and worked in Mozambique and India. She is the author of Listen to Us: The World's Working Children and translator of the Portuguese-language books Nest Egg and Tales from the Amazon. Jane Springer lives in Toronto.

Awards and Praise
This is a riveting panorama of African history and experience, the best of analytic and polemical writing. The arguments are unanswerable, the depth of feeling unmistakable. Gerry Caplan knows his subject as few others do; he illumines the contours and contradictions of Africa with immense skill. He encapsules superbly, in a short book, the cascading tragedies of the continent. It's a splendid piece of work and a great read.
  • Commended Booklist Top 10 Youth Series - Nonfiction, 2007