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Saturday, 3 July 2010

Book Reading Goal : Week 22

Architects of PovertyThis week I turned my attention to a book that has been sitting on my shelf for a month or so  Architects of Poverty, by Moeletsi Mbeki. The brother of Former South African President Thabo Mbeki.  I was extremely disappointed that I had wasted my money and time on this book.  It is poorly framed, disjointed and pretty much repeats the mantra we have heard before - African leadership is poor, Mugabe is a mad dictator, colonialism destroyed Africa,  the West are not helping and we need a new breed of leaders to sort it out. Oh, and let us empower the poor. Nothing new, totally nothing. Its fair to say, I bought it for a poor recommendation from someone on Twitter and plus the name MBEKI was in large letters. I know, I should know better. 

Book Reading Goal Review
Books Read So Far : 21 books
Remaining Books to Achieve Target : 29 books
Weeks Remaining to Achieve Annual Target : 26 weeks


  1. Cho,

    Considering the dud this book by President Mbeki's brother turned out to be, I wonder if you have already come around to "Grassroots Governance? Chiefs in Africa and the Caribbean (Africa, Missing Voices Series)".

    This is a great series of essays on traditional leadership throughout Africa and the Americas.

    It is really worth a read and your time.

  2. I have already read it - see here but didn't review it.

    I have asked others to review it if possible and then we can discuss it.

    I have no plans at present to re-read it as there are many books to read and I only have 23 weeks!


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