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The Fortunes of Africa: A 5000-Year History of Wealth, Greed, and Endeavor Paperback – Illustrated, March 22, 2016

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"Mr. Meredith artfully weaves together exploration, trade, and geography in a narrative that is both detailed and arresting.... [He] leaves the reader bursting with a wealth of facts."
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"[A] broad-ranging history of Africa from the age of the pharaohs to the present, with a solid emphasis on economics...richly detailed...a useful study."
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About the Author

Martin Meredith is a journalist, biographer, and historian who has written extensively on Africa and its recent history. His previous books include Mandela; Mugabe; Diamonds, Gold, and War; Born in Africa; and The Fate of Africa. He lives near Oxford, England.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ PublicAffairs; Illustrated edition (March 22, 2016)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 784 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1610396359
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1610396356
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 2 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.15 x 2.4 x 8.95 inches
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