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  • Taschenbuch: 400 Seiten
  • Verlag: Harpercollins Publishers (7. Januar 2010)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0007241976
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007241972
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13 x 2,5 x 19,7 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 95.242 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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'A down-to-earth yet sophisticated expose of how an entire country can be munched in the clammy claws of corruption.' The Economist, BOOKS OF THE YEAR 'A lively and detailed account of the looting of Kenya by its politicians...A shocking tale told with verve and suspense.' The Times 'An exceptionally talented writer...More than a story about a whistle-blower, and more than about Kenya. It could have been written anywhere where corruption is endemic.' Guardian 'The story offers a fascinating insight into Kenya and is a thrilling whodunit, worthy of John Le Carre.' the london paper 'Michella Wrong has written a compelling book. Well researched, poignant.' Graham Boyton, Daily Telegraph 'A gripping new biography-cum-thriller.' Evening Standard

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A gripping account of both an individual caught on the horns of an excruciating moral dilemma and a continent at a turning point. When Michela Wrong's Kenyan friend John Githongo appeared one cold February morning on the doorstep of her London flat, carrying a small mountain of luggage and four trilling mobile phones he seemed determined to ignore, it was clear something had gone very wrong in a country regarded until then as one of Africa's few budding success stories. Two years earlier, in the wave of euphoria that followed the election defeat of long-serving President Daniel arap Moi, John had been appointed Kenya's new anti-corruption czar. In choosing this giant of a man with a booming laugh, respected as a longstanding anti-corruption crusader, the new government was signalling to both its own public and the world at large that it was set on ending the practices that had made Kenya an international by-word for sleaze. Now John was on the run, having realised that the new administration, far from breaking with the past, was using near-identical techniques to pilfer public funds.John's tale, which has all the elements of the political thriller, is the story of how a brave man came to make a lonely decision with huge ramifications.

But his story transcends the personal, touching as it does on the cultural, historical and social themes that lie at the heart of the continent's continuing crisis. Tracking this story of an African whistleblower who started out as a pillar of the establishment, Michela Wrong seeks answers to the questions that have puzzled outsiders for decades. What is it about African society that makes corruption so hard to eradicate, so sweeping in its scope, so destructive in its impact? Why have so many African presidents found it so easy to reduce all political discussion to the self-serving calculation of which tribe gets to "eat"? And at what stage will Africans start placing the wider interests of their nation ahead of the narrow interests of their tribe? -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.

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10 von 10 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Anna Latz am 2. März 2009
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The book is great, and you come away from it knowing a lot more than you did before. As John Githongo's former colleague Michela Wrong had access to all the juicy details of his struggle against corruption, so she was able to tell a very lively tale that reads like a thriller. But the book also contains a mine of background information. It tells us about the history of Kenya, the Kikuyu (though the baddies of the story are mainly Kikuyu, the Kikuyu as a whole come across as decent, respectable people), how tribalism inevitably leads to corruption, about the mechanics of the Anglo Leasing scam and about the negative impact of many well-intentioned Western aid efforts. Michela Wrong mercilessly exposes her villains' malefactions but she makes us understand their motivations as well. Her unprejudiced approach and her lucid style make the book a joy to read (just like her other two Africa books ).
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Introductory to Michela Wrong's books 13. Juli 2009
Von A. Davis - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The two Amazon reviews for her new book are complimentary but weighty for someone who is merely interested in whether to pick up her book or not. If you have read her previous two, then my answer is a resounding YES! In this book she explores the events that caused current Kenyan President Kibaki's aide John Githongo to expose the corruption in their government. She also explores the aftermath of his whistle-blowing, including the riots occurring late 2007 after Kibaki was sworn in for a second term.
It is the combination of Wrong's veteran journalist chops and her desire to tell stories of the scary truth beyond any fictional thriller that takes what has happened recently in Kenya from a lurid, sensational story to a nuanced, thoughtful and ultimately heartbreaking story with no easy answers.
I read Michela Wrong's books because they encourage me to think about a world outside of the one I live in.
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A wake up call for the west 26. August 2009
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It's not clear to me why other reviewers persistently recharacterize one of this book's strongest points as a negative. The author has brought to bear her considerable experience with the country, region, culture, and political landscape to tell a story that has long needed telling about Africa's failure to come to grips with the tyranny of corruption. As long as donor nations continue to fund the kleptocracies that exist only to serve and perpetuate themselves, we in the west will continue to be played for fools.

I found this to be a strong and engaging account of one of the more intractable problems I've run into. I wish it had left me feeling hopeful, but it was far too consistent with my own experience to permit such self-delusion. Instead, it left me filled with admiration for a hero who, thanks to the author's incorporation of her personal experience, can be seen as a human and not as the caricature that time will eventually make of him. I also appreciate the historical and political canvass she offered to illuminate just how audacious his actions were.

Yes, the book does have the occasional hyphen, but the prose is never dull and the account moves very briskly. I found the style refreshing and enjoyed reading a treatment that mixed the personal with the historical with the social with the legal with a touch of suspense in a package that showed some respect for the reader who is hoping for something more considered than what might be offered from the Live Aid stage.
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All You Can Eat 9. September 2009
Von Memusi - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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It's Our Turn to Eat is a real-life political thriller that lifts the curtain on the inner workings of an African government.

And where else do you get that? Most books by outsiders about Africa - the ones you see on the bestseller lists - trade in cliches and stereotypes. They divide the continent into innocent victims and venal dictators. At one extreme you get books that could be titled: "My Adventures in ..." (fill in the war-torn country). At the other, you get dry textbooks by people who spent years researching their subject but don't know how to tell a story.

This book is far smarter. It doesn't aim for an everything-you-need-to-know-about-Africa view of the continent. Instead it says more by saying less, focusing on the story of how John Githongo became a whistle blower at the heart of Kenya's government, why he blew the whistle and what happened next.

Githongo comes across as a visionary but if he's a saint he's a 21st century kind of saint. He makes silly decisions as well as brave ones. He infuriates his friends by constantly skipping appointments. He might have a true moral compass but by the end of the book it's not clear how he's going to get there and even he doesn't seem to know. In other words, he's a rich, rounded character: not a cliche, not a stereotype.

One other thing to like about the book: it has cool enemies. Michela Wrong shares Githongo's view of corruption and she writes with controlled outrage.

Yet the villains of the story aren't so much the looters themselves. They're the army of donors and diplomats who have invested so much in the status quo they can't really imagine Kenya - and by extension Africa - being any different. And she nails them: certain senior diplomats and aid donors will not enjoy this book.

But you will.
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Fighting lost battles : corruption 9. November 2010
Von Luis Marti - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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There are three main strands in this short and gripping book. One is the extent to which high-level corruption is embedded in the (formally) democratic structures of Kenya. The second reveals the willingness of donor countries and multilaterals to go on doing business as usual after corruption is revealed and a few eye-brows have been raised .... The engrossing chapters describing both aspects confirm the conviction of many development economists that fighting corruption is a battle lost even before the fight : there is a conspiracy of silence among the leaders, and donors and multilaterals are good at barking but hardly ever bite. The third strand is the exemplary story of a man of values, John Githongo, put at the helm of an anti-corruption authority by country leaders who expected Githongo to expose graft in the previous government -but keep clear of the misdeeds of the incumbents.
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An idealist in a corrupt world 1. Dezember 2011
Von ewaffle - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Once again Michela Wrong's journalistic impressionism and meticulous reporting lights up a neglected corner of a neglected continent. Wrong is a writer with incredible sources and she knows how to weld their information into a compelling story.

The book centers on John Githongo, an idealist in a world where pragmatism ruled. He was appointed as the head of a new anti-corruption agency created by Mwai Kibaki, newly elected president of Kenya. Kibaki was only the third Chief Executive of the east African country, replacing Daniel arap Moi who ruled from 1978 to 2002 and who replaced the revered Jomo Kenyatta, founding father, freedom fighter, hero of African independence.

Kenya, according to Wrong, is structured more by tribe than anything else. Membership in the Kikuyu tribe is more important than citizenship of Kenya, for example. President Kibaki and John Githongo were Kikuyus and Githongo discovered his role in the government was to act as window dressing for donors and foreign governments, to show these very important westerners that the corrupt old days of Moi were over. They weren't, of course. The people pocketing the bribes and kickbacks changed but the method didn't and the more Githongo found out the less popular he became.

Those now in power had the same view of government as those they replaced: it was not to produce public
goods like roads, bridges, markets, irrigation, education, health care, public sanitation, clean drinking water or effective legal systems but to produce private goods for those who hold or have access to political power. Contracts don't go to the low bidder or to the company most able to perform but to whoever offers the largest bribe. The most outrageous example of this is the Anglo Leasing fiasco. Anglo was a company that existed only as an address in Liverpool--it had no plants, no equipment, produced nothing, had no contacts with those who did. It wasn't even a middleman but simply a facade so that when contracts let by the Kenyan government were paid to Kenyan officials the checks weren't made out to the individual politicians. When the government decided to update the printing and tracking of its passports Anglo was given the contact for a bid of 30 million Euros even though a French company with a long list of satisfied clients bid 6 million Euros. But it wasn't just the 500% increase in cost: Anglo Leasing had no capacity to produce passports and had no intention of doing so. They were also given contracts for a forensic lab, military vehicles even a frigate for the navy.

This is a tragic true story of one man's efforts--his obsessed and doomed striving--to vault Kenya from a well oiled kleptocracy that kept its citizens poor while the elites prospered into a functioning democracy.
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