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In the Land of Magic Soldiers: A Story of White and Black in West Africa

Author:  Daniel Bergner

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In the Land of Magic Soldiers: A Story of White and Black in West Africa

English

ISBN: 1466803630

EAN: 9781466803633

Category: Social Science / Sociology / General/Political Science / World / African

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Release Date: 09/09/2004

Synopsis:

A chilling, beautifully written narrative of African war

Sierra Leone is the world's most war-ravaged country. There, in a West African landscape of spectacular beauty, rampaging soldiers--many not yet in their teens--have made a custom of hacking off the hands of their victims, then letting them live as the ultimate emblem of terror. The country is so anarchic and so desperate that, forty years after independence, its people long to be recolonized. And the West wants to save it.

In the Land of Magic Soldiers follows both a set of white would-be saviors--a family of American missionaries, a mercenary helicopter gunship pilot, and the army of Great Britain--and also a set of Sierra Leoneans, among them a father who rescues his daughter from rape, loses his hands as punishment, then begins to rebuild his life; a child soldier and sometime cannibal; and a highly Westernized medical student who claims immunity to bullets and a cure for H.I.V.

A story of black and white, of the First World and the world left infinitely behind, of those who would nation-build and those who live in a land of fire and jungle, In the Land of Magic Soldiers is an unforgettable work of literary reportage by "a terrific reporter with a novelist's eye" (Peter Applebome, The New York Times Book Review).

In the Land of Magic Soldiers: A Story of White and Black in West Africa

Illustrated: No

Format: eBook - EPUB

Pages: 224