PROFILE OF KENYA by Leonard S. Kenworthy


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At the end of this book is a list of acknowledgements. These names include staff members of the Kenya Ministry of Information and various publicity people of Kenya business and government enterprises. Perhaps this helps to explain why the book looks and sounds like the sort of material that comes free upon request from certain information-officers at several consulates. The black and white photographs are eye-catching and dramatize the old next to the new. The text is another matter. There is a tendency to gloss over the embarrassment of Mau Mau and rush on to the benefits of a technological future. While there is a bare skeleton outline of the native trouble with the British landowners it is disproportionately brief in comparison to its impact on African affairs and world opinion. Those colorful politicians -- Kenyatta, Mboya, Ngala --are pictured and described after the manner of the highschool classbook. There are statistics but they are not comparative --either to those of Kenya's past or those of other emerging African nations. To repeat, this book, taken as a whole, shares the faults and virtues of slick embassy giveaways.

Pub Date: April 12th, 1963
Publisher: Doubleday