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Beyond the Malachite Hills: A Life of Colonial Service and Business in the New Africa by Jonathan Lawley
What hope is there for Africa? Since the heady and hopeful days of decolonisation the story seems to be one of unrelenting disaster – revolution; brutal military dictatorship; ethnic conflict – even genocide; civil war; state-threatening corruption; economic failure; and, in places, the complete breakdown of state and society. And all has been compounded by natural disasters – drought, famine and the scourge of AIDS. But there is another, less reported, story of Africa: throwing off the colonial past, embracing modernity, learning fast, gaining in pride and self-confidence and embracing the crucial management function; all this in the context of fruitful collaboration with Europe and American business and, increasingly, with the rising Asian economic superpowers. Jonathan Lawley’s Beyond the Malachite Hills paints a vivid and convincing picture of solid political, social and economic progress. Beyond the Malachite Hills is a remarkable testament to his long-lasting and profound involvement with this often misunderstood continent.