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Conflict and Collusion in Sierra Leone
David Keen
1403967180
October 1, 2005
Hardcover
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Review
"As a text on modern Sierra Leone, this manuscript [will] take its place ... as a standard work."--Stephen Ellis, Senior Researcher, African Studies Center, Leiden


Blood Diamonds: Tracing the Deadly Path of the World's Most Precious Stones
Greg Campbell
0813342201
February 2004
Textbook Paperback
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From Library Journal
Freelance journalist Campbell here writes about the cost of diamonds not in dollars to the consumer but in blood, torture, and death for the unfortunate residents of contested mining areas in Sierra Leone. He explains that "conflict diamonds," or "blood diamonds," which account for only three to four percent of all diamonds sold, are mined in war zones, smuggled out of the country, and sold to legitimate companies, financing ruinous civil wars and the plots of international terrorists, including the al Qaeda network. The gems' value and portability have made controlling the diamond mines important to guerrilla fighters, who maim and kill innocent villagers to secure their territory. Campbell has spoken with individuals all along the pipeline, from miners to soldiers to smugglers, and the grim portrait he paints...


The Athens of West Africa
Daniel J. Paracka
0415947952
Sept 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
This book is about Fourah Bay College (FBC) and its role as an institution of higher learning in both its African and international context. The study traces the College's development through periods of missionary education (1816-1876), colonial education (1876-1938), and development education (1938-2001).


Epic Journeys of Freedom : Runaway Slaves of the American Revolution and Their Global Quest for Liberty
Cassandra Pybus
080705514X
February 1, 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
During the Revolutionary War, thousands of black slaves served with, and sought refuge from, the British forces in hope of attaining freedom—among them escapees from the plantations of George Washington and Patrick Henry. Australian historian Pybus follows the path some of these former slaves took to London and then "into two bizarre colonial experiments that began in 1787: the Province of Freedom in Sierra Leone on the west coast of Africa, and the penal settlement of Botany Bay on the east coast of Australia." Readers familiar with the American perspective (the escape North, the Liberian settlement) will experience a kaleidoscopic shift through the lens of British history. Pybus's prose is weighted by her "diligent excavation in vast Revolutionary-era archival materials, both American and British." But...


Notes from My Travels: Visits with Refugees in Africa, Cambodia, Pakistan, and Ecuador
Angelina Jolie
0743470230
October 2003
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Review
Jane Goodall, Ph.D., CBEFounder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of PeaceAngelina is living proof of the power we all have -- every one of us -- to make a difference. I was deeply moved by her descriptions of individual refugees struggling to live with dignity and hope, and found her personal commitment to be an inspiration. Angelina's journals document her awakening as a humanitarian activist and I hope they will move readers to act. I look forward to my continued work with Angelina on behalf of the United Nations.

Book Description
Three years ago, award-winning actress Angelina Jolie took on a radically different role as a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Here are her memoirs from her journeys to Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Pakistan,...


History of Sierra Leone
A. B. C. Sibthorpe
0714617695
Oct 1970
Hardcover
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Our Children Free and Happy
Christopher Fyfe
0748602704
June 1992
Hardcover
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Book Description
This is a unique group of previously unpublished letters which are held in manuscript form by the British Library, the Library of the University of Illinois, Chicago, and the Public Record Office, London. The letters were written by black settlers who had migrated from North America to Sierra Leone. They record an attempt by self-liberated ex-slaves to obtain political and land rights, which they felt had been unjustly denied them, using their literacy in English as a tool. Christopher Fyfe's introduction explains the historical backgroundto the period. An important supplementary essay by Professor Charles Jones examines the linguistic significance of the letters, comparing them with native English letters of the period.


Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution
Simon Schama
006053916X
April 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
[Signature]Reviewed by Adam HochschildHas there ever been a patch of history more celebrated than the American Revolution? The torrent is endless: volume after volume about the glory of 1776, the miracle of 1787 and enough biographies of the Founding Fathers to stretch from the Liberty Bell to Bunker Hill and back again. The Library of Congress catalogue lists 271 books or other items to do with George Washington's death and burial alone. Enough!By contrast with the usual hagiography, distinguished historian Schama has found a little-known story from this era that makes the Founding Fathers look not so glorious. The Revolution saw the first mass emancipation of slaves in the Americas—an emancipation, however, not done by the revolutionaries but by their enemies. Many American rebel leaders were slave...


Child Soldiers, Adult Interests: Global Dimensions of the Sierra Leonean Tragedy
J. Peter Pham
1594546711
July 2005
Library Binding
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Historical Dictionary of Sierra Leone : New Edition (African Historical Dictionaries)
C. Magbaily Fyle
0810853396
March 28, 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
This new edition is based primarily on recent research on the country, but covers the earliest known inhabitants, the colonial era, and the period of independence including the very confusing turmoil of the recent past. The chronology briefly traces its history and the introduction provides an essential overview of all the recent developments in the country. Hundreds of cross-referenced entries describe significant leaders, events, political parties and movements, ethnic groups, and related political, economic, and social aspects. A bibliography is included to facilitate further research.


Broadcasting in Sierra Leone
Patricia A. Holmes
0761811818
Mar 1999
Hardcover
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Book Description
Broadcasting in Sierra Leone provides a historical and contemporary overview of the first African nation to introduce television and radio broadcasting. Patricia A. Holmes presents a well researched history on broadcasting in the Sierra Leone that breaks new ground in the social, ethnic, economic, and political climate in the context of broadcasting development, utilizing many never before used documents, including some from British Broadcasting Corporation Written Archives Center which date back to the first broadcast in 1934. She documents the beginnings of colonial and government-owned media to current movements toward privatization, with Sierra Leone being one of the few African nations to open up the airwaves to the private sector. Holmes also explores the potential effects of the present civil unrest on the...


A Dirty War in West Africa: The RUF And the Destruction of Sierra Leone
Lansana Gberie
0253218551
February 7, 2006
Paperback
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Book Description
"Provides important insider information concerning Sierra Leone’s recent war . . . and builds on [the author’s] established reputation as an insightful and courageous journalist." —William Reno, Northwestern University A Dirty War in West Africa recounts Lansana Gberie’s harrowing experiences as a journalist during the decade-long civil war in Sierra Leone. Since 1991, this West African nation has been brought to its knees by a series of coups, violent conflicts, and finally, outright war. The war has ended today, but it is clear that things are hardly settled. Focusing on the group spearheading the violence, the Revolutionary United Front (RUF), Gberie exposes the corruption and appalling use of rape and mutilation as tactics to overthrow the former government. Gberie looks closely at the rise of...


Sierra Leone at the End of the Twentieth Century: History, Politics in Africa
Earl Conteh-Morgan
0820441724
November 1999
Paperback
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D. Elwood Dunn, Professor of Political Science, University of the South, Sewanee, TN
"Conteh-Morgan and Dixon-Fyle have crafted a competent study that at once presents a comprehensive overview of this West African state while situating their analysis within the framework of major theoretical insights extant on politics in the developing world. The result is both a complete and concise study of Sierra Leone's political history from precolonial times up to and including the political convulsions of the late 1990s. What these scholars, themselves Sierra Leonean nationals, have succeeded in doing so admirably is interpreting for both the attentive and general public the outcome of 'politico-economic mismanagement and confusion' in Sierra Leone."

Karl P. Magyar, Professor, U.S. Air Force Air Command and Staff...


Regarding the Pain of Others
Susan Sontag
0312422199
February 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Twenty-six years after the publication of her influential collection of essays On Photography (1977), Sontag (In America) reconsiders ideas that are "now fast approaching the status of platitudes," especially the view that our capacity to respond to images of war and atrocity is being dulled by "the relentless diffusion of vulgar and appalling images" in our rapaciously media-driven culture. Sontag opens by describing Virginia Woolf's essay on the roots of war, "Three Guineas," in which Woolf described a set of gruesome photographs of mutilated bodies and buildings destroyed during the Spanish Civil War. Woolf wondered if there truly can be a "we" between man and woman in matters of war. Sontag sets out to reopen and enlarge the question. "No `we' should be taken for granted when the subject is looking at other...


The Devil that Danced on the Water: A Daughter's Quest
Aminatta Forna
0871138654


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From Publishers Weekly
Forna saw her father for the last time on July 30, 1974; she was 10 years old. In this harrowing memoir-cum-detective story, journalist Forna searches for the truth about her father's execution in Sierra Leone after his treason conviction for allegedly attempting a coup upon the government in which he had once been a cabinet minister. Mohamed Forna, a British-educated doctor and activist in what was, in the 1960s, a fledgling democracy extricating itself from British colonialist rule, resigned from what had become a dictatorship rife with corruption and chaos. The consequences of that resignation culminated in eight executions and precipitated the descent into anarchy of Africa's poorest nation. Forna writes with a compelling mix of distance and anguish, intent on explaining her father's death and reclaiming his...


Blood Diamonds: Tracing the Deadly Path of the World's Most Precious Stones
Greg Campbell
0813339391


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From Library Journal
Freelance journalist Campbell here writes about the cost of diamonds not in dollars to the consumer but in blood, torture, and death for the unfortunate residents of contested mining areas in Sierra Leone. He explains that "conflict diamonds," or "blood diamonds," which account for only three to four percent of all diamonds sold, are mined in war zones, smuggled out of the country, and sold to legitimate companies, financing ruinous civil wars and the plots of international terrorists, including the al Qaeda network. The gems' value and portability have made controlling the diamond mines important to guerrilla fighters, who maim and kill innocent villagers to secure their territory. Campbell has spoken with individuals all along the pipeline, from miners to soldiers to smugglers, and the grim portrait he paints...


Relentless Pursuit, Vol. 25
Alexander Kent
159013026X
September 2002
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The New York Times Book Review
"Kent. . . makes these adventures the closest thing to C S Forester coming off the presses." --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Maritime Life and Traditions
"No disappointment. . . . One could not ask for a better companion than this latest gem from a master story teller." --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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The Loyal Blacks
Ellen Gibson Wilson
0399116834


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Fulbe Presence in Sierra Leone: A Case History of Twentieth-Century Migration and Settlement among the Kissi of Koindu, Vol. 140
Alpha M. Bah
0820421804
June 1998
Hardcover
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Book Description
Fulbe Presence in Sierra Leone, is an important piece of scholarship that documents the richness and diversity of African history. This study not only documents the cost of artificially drawn borders in human terms, but it also provides a case study in the discrimination of a people by other groups or the government, for one reason or another. The author takes his readers through the complex processes leading to the defining of the borders of Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea. The role of the Fulbe in the establishment of Koindu as a modern market town is fascinating. Fulbe traders also contributed to the improvement of the social life and the conversion of Kissis to Islam. Despite the role of the Fulbe in Koindu they are still considered "strangers" in Sierra Leone.


Underneath of Things: Violence, History, and the Everyday in Sierra Leone
Mariane C. Ferme
0520225430
September 2001
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Book Description
In this erudite and gracefully written ethnography, Mariane Ferme explores the links between a violent historical and political legacy, and the production of secrecy in everyday material culture. The focus is on Mende-speaking southeastern Sierra Leone and the surrounding region. Since 1990, this area has been ravaged by a civil war that produced population displacements and regional instability. The Underneath of Things documents the rural impact of the progressive collapse of the Sierra Leonean state in the past several decades, and seeks to understand how an even earlier history is reinscribed in the present.

From the Inside Flap
"Researched with unusual sensitivity, original in approach, illuminating beyond its immediate geographical and theoretical referents, and...


OPERATION BARRAS : The SAS Rescue Mission to Sierra Leone 2000 (Cassell Military Paperbacks)
William Fowler
0304366994
January 2005
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Book Description
In September 2000 eleven British soldiers were captured by a notorious militia gang in Sierra Leone. The so-called 'West Side Boys' had subjected their part of the country to a long reign of terror, murdering, kidnapping and mutilating anyone who stood in their way.

Now British soldiers were at their mercy. Surrounded and hopelessly outnumbered, any resistance would have seen them all killed; yet their hopes of a quick exchange soon faded. They were assaulted and subjected to mock executions.

Negotiations with the 'Revolutionary United Front' leaders and the 'West Side Boys' proved futile.Prime Minister Tony Blair ordered the armed forces to get the men back. The SAS and elements of the Parachute Regiment were rushed to West Africa and a naval squadron assembled offshore.

The stage was set for...


Against All Odds : Escape from Sierra Leone
Phil Ashby
0312989210
August 18, 2003
Paperback
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Review
"An astute assessment of the perils of 'peacekeeping'."--Daily Mirror (four star review)

"What kind of a bloke goes for a run up a Scottish mountainside with his fiancée and their chaplain on the eve of their marriage and makes an off-color remark about how he hopes his missus-to-be will not be quite so sweet the next morning? Then gets held down in an SAS arm-lock by the vicar while his betrothed 'pushed my face in the mud'? The kind of bloke you want on your side."--Evening Standard


Children at War
Peter Warren Singer
0375423494
January 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Over six million child combatants were killed or injured in the past decade. In this groundbreaking and comprehensive study, Singer, a fellow at the Brookings Institution and former adviser to the U.S. military, explores the rise and expansion of child soldiery. Children, Singer finds, enter armies and militias in numerous ways: as voluntary soldiers, indoctrinated to kill; as involuntary soldiers, forced into the militia or military by cruel adults; as child-terrorists; as members of all-child armies (such as the Hitler Youth); and as sexual slaves for superior officers. Singer (Corporate Warriors) explores different means of training and indoctrination, often through interviews with child-soldiers, as well as with adults who have fought against them and others who have tried to rehabilitate children forced into...

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