Book Reviews

Kujenga Amani book reviews look at recent publications related to African peacebuilding.

Nigeria | February 9, 2017

Review of Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun offers a heart-wrenching account of the Biafran War (1967-1970), beautifully wrapped in a story of love, loyalty, betrayal, resilience, and hope. She places a human face on a war that has been far removed from historical memory outside of Nigeria. As a result of the massacre of […]

Quotation by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: "The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story."
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Book Reviews | May 19, 2014

Youth and Revolution in Tunisia, by Alcinda Honwana

In her book “Youth and Revolution in Tunisia,” author Alcinda Honwana rightly reminds us that the phenomenon of the “Arab Spring”—or as she refers to it, the “African Awakening”—was intimately connected to a globalized trend. From Senegal to Spain to Santiago to Seattle, the voice of a disaffected generation went viral across social media platforms on every continent. She expertly handles the task of deconstructing the roots of the revolution […]

Youth and Revolution in Tunisia | Zed Books: Radical International Publishing
Youth and Revolution in Tunisia | Zed Books: Radical International Publishing.
Book Reviews | November 20, 2013

The Globalization Paradox: Why Global Markets, States, and Democracy Can’t Coexist, by Dani Rodrik

As the world continues to experience the most severe financial crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s, new and multiple forms of geo-economic and geo-political power, and unprecedented aftershocks in the Euro zone and complex global transformations, Dani Rodrik’s intervention could not have been better timed. The book’s strength lies in the innovative ways […]

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McDonalds & KFCs open in China. Free-market globalization in other countries has benefited China, even as Beijing has not fully embraced the practice.
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