Book Reviews

Saturday, 27 October 2012 09:29

African Awakening: The Emerging Revolutions

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Eds: Firoze Manji and Sokari Ekine.Publ: Pambazuka Press, 2011 and E-bookReviewer: Stephen Derwent Partington Here in Kenya, we tend to think of Divide-and-Rule as a period-specific strategy employed by the Roman and, much later, the…
Saturday, 27 October 2012 09:39

Dawn of a Rainbow

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Author: Shem OchuodoPubl: Adage Publishers & Information Services, Nairobi Reviewer: Tom Odhiambo WHY KENYAN POLITICAL INTRIGUES AREN’T REALLY INTRIGUING Political intrigues aren’t really intriguing. In many cases what writers call political intrigues are poor tales…
Saturday, 27 October 2012 10:02

One Day I Will Write About This Place

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Author: Binyavanga WainainaPubl: Kwani Trust, 2012 ISBN 978-9966-1598-1-6Reviewer: John Sibi-Okumu Binyavanga Wainaina’s One day I will write about this place should be required reading for any youngster who wants to go against the societal grain;…
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Author: Mary HarperPubl: Zed Books, £12.99Reviewer: Amin Osman Somalia is always portrayed as an African nightmare zone in the media. Stories about drought and famine, violent civil war, piracy and terrorism are all part and…
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Author: Pamela Constable Publ: Random House, 2011Reviewer: Beena Sarwar When it comes to Pakistan, veteran journalist Pamela Constable certainly ‘gets it’. Her latest book, ‘Playing with Fire: Pakistan at war with itself’ is readable, thoughtful…
Monday, 29 October 2012 07:41

Secular and Nationalist Jinnah

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Author: Dr Ajeet Jawed, PhD Publ: Oxford University Press, USA ISBN-10: 0195476743 Mohammad Ali Jinnah is the most misunderstood and misrepresented figure in the political history of the subcontinent. In Pakistan, he is considered the…
Monday, 29 October 2012 07:47

Behind the Beautiful Forevers

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Author: Katherine BooPubl: Portobello Books, £14.99Reviewer: Clare Fermont This stunning book hurls you into Annawadi, a slum near Mumbai airport. It reads like a gripping novel, telling the intricate stories of a few residents. All…
Monday, 29 October 2012 07:52

Uncle Swami: South Asians in America Today

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Author:Vijay Prashad Publ:The New PressReviewer:Junaid RaidMy first encounter with Vijay Prashad came in Austin, Texas. He was speaking at a symposium on some of the ideas that ended up in his book Karma of Brown…
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