NKRUMAH: A Biography by Robin McKown

NKRUMAH: A Biography

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KIRKUS REVIEW

In a convincingly argued brief, McKown defends Nkrumah against the popular belief that he was a corrupt megalomaniac and outlines the nations' decline under the western-oriented generals who overthrew him. Though it would take a much more extensive inquiry than this to deal with all the charges on both sides or debate the merits of the single party state, the evidence of Nkrumah's vision -- in going ahead with the Volta hydroelectric plant and sponsoring various pan-African movements -- is impressive, and the portrait of the young Lincoln University graduate who was hailed after his first speech as ""God's greatest gift to the Gold Coast"" makes his later egotism understandable. Like many such second thoughts, this comes a little late and tends to overcompensate but, as in the same author's laudatory biography of Lumumba (KR, 1969), her sympathies rest on a solidly (sometimes densely) factual basis.

Pub Date: Aug. 3rd, 1973
Publisher: Doubleday