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  • Title: Blue Dahlia, Black Gold: A Journey Into Angola
  • Author: Daniel Metcalfe
  • ISBN: 9781448185450
  • Page: 214
  • Format: ebook
  • A rich and fascinating book about an overlooked African powerhouse by a travel writer of rare talent TIM BUTCHER, author of Blood River and Chasing the DevilSince the end of its crippling 27 year civil war over a decade ago, Angola has changed almost beyond recognition An oil fuelled bonanza has brought about massive foreign investment and a fabulously wealthy new elit A rich and fascinating book about an overlooked African powerhouse by a travel writer of rare talent TIM BUTCHER, author of Blood River and Chasing the DevilSince the end of its crippling 27 year civil war over a decade ago, Angola has changed almost beyond recognition An oil fuelled bonanza has brought about massive foreign investment and a fabulously wealthy new elite, making its capital, Luanda, the second most expensive city in the world Today, fortunes are being made and lost overnight, and rich Angolans are eagerly buying up the assets of its former coloniser, Portugal.Fascinated by this complex nation perched at the forefront of a resurgent Africa, writer Daniel Metcalfe travelled to Angola to explore the country for himself Ebullient and proud, and often unwilling to dwell on its past, Angola has a large army, a hunger for wealth and a need to prove itself on the continent But as Metcalfe also discovers, it has some of the most grinding poverty in Africa as few Angolans have reaped the rewards of the peace.Nonetheless, amid Angola s brash reality, Metcalfe finds there is a place for a traveller who isn t there to make a quick buck Crossing the country as ordinary Angolans do, talking to tribal elders, oil workers, mine clearers and street children, he encounters a place of extremes, where cynicism and excess go hand in hand with great hospitality and ingenuity Metcalfe also reveals a colourful history of pirates and slave traders, capuchin monks, syncretic Christian cults and elaborate spirit masks.This is an Angola that symbolises nothing less than a broader turning point between the continents, the repositioning of the rich developed world versus Africa It is a land that, until now, few outsiders have managed to unlock.
    Blue Dahlia Black Gold A Journey Into Angola A rich and fascinating book about an overlooked African powerhouse by a travel writer of rare talent TIM BUTCHER author of Blood River and Chasing the DevilSince the end of its crippling year civi

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    1. Sobre a Angola Actual, uma escrita realista, um olhar cr tico e sincero, sobre os trabalhadores dedicados, humildes e com sede de aprender, fala sobre aqueles que n o querem saber de nada e que acham que os estrangeiros que devem fazer tudo Fala tamb m sobre a falta de respeito, as fraudes, a corrup o, a ilus o de que a cor branca sinal de dinheiro, as intoxica es alimentares, os mosquitos, o tr nsito, mais uma vez a falta de respeito pelas regras e o que se sente diariamente,a ingratid o quando [...]

    2. Useful little travel book for bringing Angola to life Made me appreciate things that a standard economics text would not, in particular the human development indicators Way readable than the latest Art iv even if it does not touch on the insolvency of some banks Nice mix of history and contemporary Angola too.

    3. A book jacket filled with accolades that aren t well deserved Not to say that this isn t an informative read it is, very much so It also has a mostly light, newsy feel to it that is essential as an awful lot is thrown at you.In the end, however, this is a research summary of Angola than it is an insightful look at Angola today Hmmm That s not exactly fair or even correct Metcalf sums up modern day Angola well centralized power, a rogue oil industry, an enormous gap between the haves and the hav [...]

    4. Relato de viagem do jornalista ingl s Daniel Metcalfe por Angola, enriquecido pela hist ria long nqua e recente de um pa s desde sempre fustigado pelo lado negro da condi o humana A organiza o tribal ancestral, a chegada dos portuguses, o tr fico de escravos que alimentou o desenvolvimento das Am ricas, os movimentos de luta pela independ ncia e a longa guerra civil s o nos passados ao longo do percurso, justificando a mis ria e dificuldades atuais e o dif cil percurso por trilhar.Complementa mu [...]

    5. One of the the most expensive cities in the world is Luanda the capital of Angola Blue Dahlia, Black Gold is Part history part travelogue The book tells the reader all about Angola, a country who has been in and out of the news since 1975, which is when the start of their nearly 30 civil war began, through their blood diamonds which were used to support the war, and the massive quantities of oil and LNG Angola a country with vast wealth, and enormous poverty This was a very interesting book.

    6. My second Metcalfe travelogue and even if not quite as good as the first one, still a great read Metcalfe visits Sao Tome and Principe, followed by Angola, taking stock of the Portuguese as colonizers and how these countries, particularly Angola, have dealt with decades of civil war and now unimaginable oil wealth These are obscure countries, at least in the US, and it was interesting to get a detailed look into both of them.

    7. Intriguing A country of war and magic, confusao and sadly ravaged by one of the most bizarre wars ever as summarized in the chapter about Cabinda.

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