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First edition hard back binding in publisher's original black cloth covers, silver title and author lettering to the spine, end paper maps. To save this article to your Google Drive account, please select one or more formats and confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. Gunther feels that the French are doing perhaps better work in black Africa than along the Mediterranean basin. Apartheid cannot work as its inventors hoped it would work, but the governing authorities will make no concession that might conceivably lead to a harmonious relationship between white and black. But it is impossible to give a fair picture of some African countries without brief descriptions of some trips we took.

There seems to be a disconnect with the Belgians in this book - Gunther seems overwhelmingly positive in spite of the horrendous treatment dished out to the locals. This section goes deep into British governance, then the Mau-Mau, and covers off Zanzibar and relationship between the Sultan and the British Resident. France has done many notable things in North Africa and has followed a policy of assimilation of the natives into French culture, and in the case of Algeria of political equality with citizens of Metropolitan France. Comparisons to Nazi Germany are almost always hackneyed and dishonest, but considering that Gunther wrote Inside Europe in 1936, I say he gets a pass in this case.

To explore the gigantic and diverse continent of Africa and to study the inside workings and problems of its vast populations is an appalling undertaking. He is able to describe the unfamiliar by using familiar references and he beautifully describes details. In French Equatorial and in French West Africa relations between the natives and the French are more flexible and easy than elsewhere. Basutoland, at the time a High Commission Territory and British protectorate, now Lesotho which concentrated mostly on ritual murders. If his experiences there came at the end of his long journey, it may well be that he was tired and could not attack this subject with his usual élan.

Until I read this book I did not know, for example, that the horn of a rhinoceros is made of hair, not ivory; or that hippos “have reddish sweat”; or that the roar of a lion “can be audible at a distance of six or seven miles. Lamb's book: With time, he concludes, Africa will find itself and assert itself; yet the evidence presented in his book - of personalized power at the top and popular lethargy in the nether regions of society - would seem to indicate that Africa's time, so far, has been as wasted as its vast agricultural and mineral resources. From the Sahara in the north, the rainforests of the Congo Basin in Central Africa, the Ethiopian highlands and other mountain ranges, the various rivers and lakes and the savanna of east and southern Africa. Nonetheless overall an excellent book, which while showing its age, manages to nonetheless serve as a valuable historical record, an insight into a crucial period in the continent's history.I may add that French West Africa and to a lesser degree Liberia are the only parts of Africa with which I am really acquainted.

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