The Fortunes of Africa: A 5,000-Year History of Wealth, Greed, and EndeavorThe Fortunes of Africa: A 5,000-Year History of Wealth, Greed, and Endeavor by Martin Meredith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This audio book was very difficult to understand. Not because it is confusing, but because I lacked even the basic knowledge of Africa’s geography and history. The author cites locations, such as cities, regions and even countries that I simply never heard before, so I had to pause and check it out several times. Get at least one map before starting it.

The content is pretty fascinating. It seems like hearing a story about a fictional world, because of the many many completely new history info I never had before. I can’t say I will remember names, dates, faces and places, but at least now I have a sense to what I see in the news. At least… Africa isn’t just pictures of hungry children and dictators for me anymore.

#historyspoiler
But it is rough to listen. When the author says that Egypt would not be ruled by an Egyptian until the 20th century, things get soured. And it keeps get worse literally until the last paragraph. Be prepared to feel frustrated, angry, humiliated and useless

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