I Didn't Do It for You by Michela Wrong
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Scarred by decades of conflict and occupation, the craggy African nation of Eritrea has weathered the world's longest-running guerrilla war. The dogged determination that secured victory against Ethiopia, its giant neighbor, is woven into the national psyche, the product of cynical foreign interventions. Fascist Italy wanted Eritrea as the springboard for a new, racially pure Roman empire; Britain sold off its industry for scrap; the United States needed a base for its state-of-the-art spy station; and the Soviet Union used it as a pawn in a proxy war.

In I Didn't Do It for You, Michela Wrong reveals the breathtaking abuses this tiny nation has suffered and, with a sharp eye for detail and a taste for the incongruous, tells the story of colonialism itself and how international power politics can play havoc with a country's destiny.

 

About Michela Wrong

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Michela Wrong has worked as a foreign correspondent for Reuters, the BBC, and the Financial Times. She has written about Africa for Slate.com and is a frequent commentator on African affairs in the media. Her first book, In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz, won the James Stern Silver Pen Award for Nonfiction. She lives in London.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 480 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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William Grimes Washington Post 2 of 5 Stars "Wrong’s book provides a rare and convincing review of the policies and motives of Eritrea’s colonial masters, but the history she recounts is less satisfying as an explanation of Eritrea’s character and post-independence policies.

Aug 28 2007 | Read Full Review of I Didn't Do It for You (P.S.)

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A book and poster combo of Dog Loves Books by Louise Yates—A cheerfully illustrated picture book that entices little ones (especially dog lovers) to read.

Oct 03 2015 | Read Full Review of I Didn't Do It for You (P.S.)

A Patchwork of Books

A book and poster combo of Dog Loves Books by Louise Yates—A cheerfully illustrated picture book that entices little ones (especially dog lovers) to read.

Oct 03 2015 | Read Full Review of I Didn't Do It for You (P.S.)

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