Joseph Njoh (Author) Liberia: The Path to War is a complete graphic account of the history, politics, economic, and social life of the amiable people of Liberia ? a once beautiful ?glorious land of liberty.? The book traces how Liberia modelled its politics upon the American presidential system after its independence in July 1847. It relates how the ideal dividends of independence were distorted by the conflicting forces of the indigenous-Liberians and the Americo-Liberians (the minority group of descendants of former American slaves who held power tenaciously for 133 post-independence years). The book narrates how the brutal suppression of agitation for reforms culminated in a military coup in April 1980 by low-ranking officers of indigenous origin. The coup succeeded in ending the Americo-Liberian oligarchy and the First Republic, but it also succeeded in sweeping Liberia into grave political chaos. President Doe?s ethnic patronage exacerbated inter-tribal tension, leading to ethnically-motivated, inter-communal violence and the persistent fears of revenge. Moments of heart-rending tragedy are described herein. Also described in detail is the complex web of conspiracies woven around the President, which ultimately led to the beginning of the civil war and the collapse of the Second Republic. This intellectual work deserves to be read by those who seek to understand Liberian polity, politics and history
Dinaw Mengestu (Author) A "beautifully written"* (New York Times Book Review) novel of redemption by a prize-winning international literary star.
From the acclaimed author of The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears comes a heartbreaking literary masterwork about love, family, and the power of imagination.
Following the death of his father Yosef, Jonas Woldemariam feels compelled to make sense of the volatile generational and cultural ties that have forged him. Leaving behind his marriage and job in New York, he sets out to retrace his mother and father's honeymoon as young Ethiopian immigrants and weave together a family history that will take him from the war-torn country of his parents' youth to a brighter vision of his life in America today. In so doing, he crafts a story- real or invented-that holds the possibility of reconciliation and redemption.