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I Didn't Do It For You
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Includes PS Section One small East African country embodies the battered history of the continent: patronised by colonialists, riven by civil war, confused by Cold War manoeuvring, proud, colorful, with Africa's best espresso and worst rail service. Michela Wrong brilliantly reveals the contradictions and comedy, past and present, of Eritrea. A stunning new work of non-fiction from the critically acclaimed author of In the Footsteps of Mr Kurtz In the Footsteps of Mr Kurtz has sold over 15,000 copies to date.

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Michela Wrong has been a foreign correspondent since joining Reuters after University and has worked extensively in Africa for the BBC and has also worked for the Sunday Times. She now writes for the Financial Times

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Praise for I Didn't Do It For You: 'Contemporary history on the grand scale. I was entertained, informed and angered. Wrong has given us another essential contribution to the post-colonial scramble for Africa.' John le Carre 'Vivid, penetrating, wonderfully detailed. Michela Wrong has written the biography of a nation and more - she has excavated the very heart and soul of the Eritrean people and their country.' Aminatta Forna 'If you thought Eritrea was some exotic flower you heard mentioned on a gardening programme this book will tell you something different. It tells the tale of a small group of Africans so despised and trampled by successive foreign occupations that they fought back and after 30 years of war, they became a nation. It is an astounding story packed with tales of the worst - and the best - of human behaviour.' Richard Dowden, President of the Royal African Society 'This is a wonderful, readable and illuminating book. Michela Wrong is an enormously talented writer...thoroughly researched and deeply engaging and honest.' Clare Short - New Statesman 'Impressive! Wrong offers an uplifting testament to the resilience of the human spirit. Eminently readable and full of fascinating detail, this is a book that deserves and needs to be read' Guardian '[A] corker! fascinating and tragic. Wrong's writing flows so smoothly that it is only after 100 pages or so that you notice how much legwork she has put in [and] she tracks down a startling array of characters' Daily Telegraph 'A lyrical, intensely intelligent and wonderfully readable history of Eritrea! beautifully written' Independent

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