THINGS COME TOGETHER, Africans achieving greatness in the twenty-first century

: Rotberg (R.)

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348pp., map, hardback, d.w., New York, 2020


"Things Come Together is an encyclopaedic survey of the current state of the 49 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. The book demonstrates a depth of research by a leading Africanist that is breathtaking in its sweep. It covers a wide range of topics from politics and economics to corruption and the rule of law; from education and health to agriculture and modern technology. This work is accessible and readable. It is essential reading for anyone interested in Africa." Richard Goldstone, Retired Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa

"Written by a preeminent, indeed canonical, scholar of Africa, Things Come Together provides a compelling corrective to grim narratives about the continent's intractable upheavals, failures, and helplessness. While reaffirming that diverse socio-economic conundrums and multilayered political challenges continue to plague Africa, the book extols the region's remarkable resilience and real accomplishments. It carefully chronicles African progress in political governance, socio-economic modernization, and international integration, while offering persuasive reflections on the positive impact that transformative leadership has had (or can have) on the continent's developmental performance. Everyone who is interested in obtaining a big, balanced, up-to-date, picture of the African experience should read this magisterial, engrossing, factual, and lucidly crafted book." Rotimi Suberu, Professor, Bennington College

Robert I. Rotberg is President Emeritus of the World Peace Foundation and Founding Director of Harvard Kennedy School's Program on Intrastate Conflict. He was Professor of Political Science and History at MIT, Academic Vice President of Tufts University, and President of Lafayette College. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has lived and worked extensively throughout Africa.