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African leaders : guiding the new millennium /
Alan Rake.
imprint
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2001.
description
viii, 261 p. ; 22 cm.
ISBN
0810840197 (alk. paper)
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author
imprint
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2001.
isbn
0810840197 (alk. paper)
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
4643379
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Alan Rake has spent a lifetime in African journalism, including time as an editor of African magazines and specialist publications. Since receiving degrees in politics, philosophy, and economics from Oxford University he has specialized in African affairs for the last thirty-five years
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 1995-03-01:
Rake's work covers all areas and time periods of Africa, from Queen Hatshepsut of ancient Egypt to Nelson Mandela, and is divided into ten general categories (e.g., those who resisted the imposition of colonialism). Given its historical bent, it complements Rake's Who's Who in Africa: Leaders for the 1990s (LJ 6/1/92), which lists current leaders. Collections seeking a strictly historical emphasis may wish to consider Mark Lipschutz and Kent Rasmussen's Dictionary of African Historical Biography (Univ. of California Pr., 1986. 2d ed.) or Makers of Modern Africa (Africa Books, 1991. 2d ed. o.p.); although their coverage stops earlier than Rake's, they include more names. Brockman's dictionary, on the other hand, excludes North Africa and Egypt while listing 549 names and emphasizing the postcolonial period. Entries are arranged alphabetically. A few portraits are included as well as some suggestions for further reading. If an emphasis on contemporary names is desired, in addition to Brockman collections may want Africa Who's Who (Africa Books, 1991. 2d ed. o.p.), which has 12,000 entries. Despite the overlap, larger collections will want all these volumes; smaller ones would find either Rake or Brockman (or, alternately, the volumes published by Africa Books) sufficient.‘Paul H. Thomas, Hoover Inst. Lib., Stanford, Cal. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Journalist Rake profiles 52 African leaders, focusing on presidents and military rulers in power and those most likely to replace them. The entries are arranged alphabetically by country. In addition to an assessment of the leader's career and character, each profile lists the leader's rank, date of birth, ethnicity, religion, and political party and contains a chronological life history.
Very well written and has been carefully proofread a great convenience Rake manages to compress a large amount of material in a few pages.
Very well written and has been carefully proofread…a great convenience…Rake manages to compress a large amount of material in a few pages.
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This text provides short profiles of Africa's leaders and their main challengers. It concentrates on the presidents and military rulers in power and those most likely to replace them.
Long Description
Rake provides short profiles of Africa's leaders and their main challengers. It concentrates on the presidents and military rulers in power and those most likely to replace them. Each profile has a short assessment of the character and career followed by a comprehensive life history. This is told in strict chronological order, on a country by country basis. The essential facts about each leader are featured in bold type at the beginning of each biography ”the leader's rank, date of birth, ethnicity, religion, and political party. More than a dry list of facts and dates, this volume includes insight, anecdote, comment, and a general assessment. The author has tried to show the part the leader has played in shaping the main events affecting his country during his time in office.
Unpaid Annotation
Rake provides short profiles of Africa's leaders and their main challengers. It concentrates on the presidents and military rulers in power and those most likely to replace them. Each profile has a short assessment of the character and career followed by a comprehensive life history. This is told in strict chronological order, on a country by country basis. The essential facts about each leader are featured in bold type at the beginning of each biography - the leader's rank, date of birth, ethnicity, religion and political party. More than a dry list of facts and dates, it includes insight, anecdote and comment and a general assessment. the author has tried to show the part of the leader has played in shaping the main events affecting his country during his time in office.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. vii
Algeriap. 1
Angolap. 7
Beninp. 12
Botswanap. 18
Burkina Fasop. 22
Burundip. 28
Cameroonp. 34
Cape Verdep. 39
Central African Republicp. 45
Chadp. 50
Republic of Congop. 54
Cote d'Ivoirep. 65
Egyptp. 76
Equatorial Guineap. 80
Eritreap. 86
Ethiopiap. 93
Gabonp. 98
Gambiap. 105
Ghanap. 111
Guineap. 117
Kenyap. 124
Lesothop. 130
Liberiap. 135
Libyap. 141
Madagascarp. 147
Malawip. 152
Malip. 156
Mauritaniap. 160
Mauritiusp. 165
Moroccop. 168
Mozambiquep. 171
Namibiap. 175
Nigeriap. 180
Rwandap. 185
Sao Tome e Principep. 189
Senegalp. 193
Seychellesp. 201
Sierra Leonep. 205
Somaliap. 208
South Africap. 211
Sudanp. 217
Swazilandp. 221
Tanzaniap. 225
Togop. 228
Tunisiap. 235
Ugandap. 239
Zambiap. 243
Zimbabwep. 249
Indexp. 259
About the Authorp. 261
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