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Charles Taylor and Liberia
Ambition and Atrocity in Africa's Lone Star State

 

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Charles Taylor and Liberia
Ambition and Atrocity in Africa's Lone Star State

by Colin M. Waugh (Author)

 

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ISBN: 9781848138476

 

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Charles Taylor and Liberia: Ambition and Atrocity in Africa's Lone Star State by Colin M. Waugh (Paperback) (ISBN: 9781848138476)

This book is about the efforts, at times idealistic but often self-interested, as well as frequently half-hearted, of the West and the international community to first save Liberia and the region from disaster, then, having failed, to bring to justice one of those whom it deems to be most to blame for the turmoil.


Campaigner, insurgent, arms dealer, warlord, commodity trafficker, elected president, international fugitive and finally prisoner, Charles Taylor sought to lead his native Liberia to change but instead destroyed it in a frenzy of violence, greed and uncontrolled personal ambition. In the process he threw much of Liberia's neighbouring region into turmoil for over a decade and today awaits judgement in The Hague for his role in the Sierra Leone conflict. This book is also about the efforts, at times idealistic but often self-interested, as well as frequently half-hearted, of the West and the international community to first save Liberia and the region from disaster, then, having failed, to bring to justice one of those whom it deems to be most to blame for the turmoil. Finally this story is about Liberian society and its people - their response to unexpected and prolonged adversity, their struggle for normality today and their refusal to accept a return to destruction and despair for tomorrow. For many of them this continuing struggle is a reflection of their heartfelt wish to see the day when they can honestly utter their proud rallying call: 'Liberia will Rise Again'.


 

ISBN 1848138474
ISBN13 9781848138476
Publisher Zed Books Ltd
Format Paperback
Publication date 13/10/2011
Pages 304
Weight (grammes) 431
Published in United Kingdom
Height (mm) 216
Width (mm) 138

Introduction Part 1. The Land of the Freed Chapter 1. Foundations of a Settlement Chapter 2. The Spirit of Liberia Chapter 3. Confronting the Old Order Part 2. From Dictatorship to Anarchy Chapter 4. Sergeant-in-Charge: Samuel Doe's presidency Chapter 5. Doe's Decline, Taylor's Travels Chapter 6. Charles Taylor's War Chapter 7. The Pantomime of Peace Part 3. Power in Greater Liberia Chapter 8. Greater Liberia: Prospering and Assimilating Chapter 9. Sierra Leone: Liberia's Sister Revolution Chapter 10. Election Victory and the Taylor Presidency Part 4. Fallout from a Revolution Chapter 11. A Government Embattled Chapter 12. Relations with the United States Chapter 13. Liberian Legacy Chapter 14. Justice a la Carte Bibliography