PROFILES OF AFRICAN LEADERS by Thomas P. Melody

PROFILES OF AFRICAN LEADERS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This is in the nature of introductory background to the present surge of independence which is felt in Africa. The author's technique of reviewing socio-economic, religious and political history of Africa is via that of the national leader. Thus taking such a man as Tom Myboya or Nkrumah and tracing his background, political rise and impact on the ruling nation, the author attempts to give a sharp if brief view of modern Africa. He does well with his material in the short space he has allotted himself. Certain salient facts emerge. Primary among them is that the European traditions in socio-economic, religious and political veins have deeply embedded themselves in the larger matrix of pure African history. So, far from being a world isolated from the Western heritage, Africa is actually part and parcel of that web. Accordingly the new nations are apt to respond more sensitively to the fluctuations and reverberations of that tradition. The author believes that the national leaders' responses are primarily determined by the Caucasian Western world. An essay reflecting insight into the Dark Continent's emergence from night.

Publisher: Macmillan