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My First Coup DEtat: Memories from the Lost Decades of Africa John Dramani Mahama

My First Coup DEtat: Memories from the Lost Decades of Africa

John Dramani Mahama

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ISBN : 9781408832684
Paperback
336 pages
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My First Coup dEtat chronicles the coming-of-age of John Dramani Mahama in Ghana during the dismal post-independence lost decades of A frica. He was seven years old when rumors of a coup reached his boarding school in Accra. His father, aMoreMy First Coup dEtat chronicles the coming-of-age of John Dramani Mahama in Ghana during the dismal post-independence lost decades of A frica. He was seven years old when rumors of a coup reached his boarding school in Accra. His father, a minister of state, was suddenly missing, then imprisoned for more than a year.My First Coup dEtat offers a look at the country that has long been considered Africas success story. This is a one-of-a-kind book: Mahamas is a rare literary voice from a political leader, and his personal stories work on many levels--as fables, as history, as cultural and political analyses, and, of course, as the memoir of a young man who, unbeknownst to him or anyone else, would grow up to be vice president of his nation. Though nonfiction, these are stories that rise above their specific settings and transport the reader--much like the fiction of Isaac Bashevis Singer and Nadine Gordimer--into a world all their own, one which straddles a time lost and explores the universal human emotions of love, fear, faith, despair, loss, longing, and hope despite all else.