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Mandela, Mobutu, and Me, Lynne Duke, 0767910346
Mandela, Mobutu, and Me
A Newswoman's African Journey

Lynne Duke

ISBN: 0767910346
Format: Paperback, 304pp
Pub. Date: December 2005
Publisher: Broadway Books
BBP Sales Rank: 308,578
List Price: $14.00
 

 
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FROM THE PUBLISHER
 

"For four years as her newspaper's Johannesburg bureau chief, Lynne Duke cut
a rare figure as a black American woman foreign correspondent as she raced
from story to story in numerous countries of central and southern Africa.
From the battle zones of Congo-Zaire to the quest for truth and
reconciliation in South Africa; from the teeming displaced person's camps of
Angola and the killing fields of the Rwanda genocide to the calming Indian
Ocean shores of Mozambique, she interviewed heads of state, captains of
industry, activists, tribal leaders, medicine men and women, mercenaries,
rebels, refugees, and ordinary, hard-working people. And it is they, the
people of Africa, who fueled the hope and affection that drove Duke's
reporting. The nobility of the ordinary African's struggles, so often absent
from accounts of the continent, is at the heart of Duke's searing story."
"Mandela, Mobutu, and Me is an account of the hard realities Duke discovered,
including the devastation wrought by ruthless, rapacious dictators like
Mobutu Sese Seko and his successor, Laurent Kabila, in the Congo, and
appalling indifference of Europeans and Americans to the legacy of their own
exploitation of the continent and its people. But Duke also records with
admiration the visionary leadership and personal style of Nelson Mandela in
South Africa as he led his country's inspiring transition from apartheid in
the twilight of his incredible life." Whether she was touring underground
gold and copper mines, learning to carry water on her head, filing stories by
flashlight, or dodging gunmen, Duke's tour of Africa reveals not only the
spirit and travails of an amazing but troubled continent - it also explores
the heart and fearlessness of a dedicated journalist.
 
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