Despite being an extremely slow read and very dry, this book contains a great overview of Liberia s history from 1820 to the present Since Ciment covered so much information, I came away with a great working knowledge of a country I previously knew little about I greatly appreciated the picture inserts in the middle of the book putting faces to the names helped with the amount of players in this wide history , but I would have liked to see at least one map, or even a few maps, on the pivotal years in Liberian history such as 1820, 1847, and 1980 Since the publishers took the space to add photos and the book is directed towards people who might not know all that much about this country it seemed odd to me that there wasn t one Additionally, I would have liked for the author to spend time on Liberia post 1980 Althoug Over all, I d say that this book held my interest However, to be perfectly blunt, this book is exceedingly dense This is not a book written in a manner to weave the history of Liberia into a cohesive, linear story Rather, Ciment s choice is to throw gobs of information at the reader at a rapid pace and then leave them to shuffle through everything If you have the patience to really focus and pay attention to the barrage of all facts, dates, times, names, and places, then you may find that this book warrants stars than I m giving In addition, the book doesn t necessarily run in a completely linear fashion True, it s not written completely in flashbacks, however the story line jumps from decade to decade, presidency to presidency, and time period to time period In fact, some presidencies and other informa Good and surprisingly quickly read Not the best historical book I ve read but I learned a lot and enjoyed it Ease of reading was a plus but the multitude of historical figures was at times hard to keep track of
A readable, brief history of Liberia The last full chapter ends with Samuel Doe s coup, and the Epilogue rapidly covers Doe, Charles Taylor, and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf So not much modern history, but still a good description of the country s history up until Doe.
Another America is an obviously well researched book with various quotes and information available on every page, but I did expect there to be analysis of how the conditions of Liberia s past influence today.
Due to it s heavy and obvious research I found it difficult to focus and read for long stretches of time.
I do wish the book was longer though, as many important people got only a brief mention while transitioning from period to period, jumping throughout time all the way.
And although I know the focus was on the Americoes, I wish attention had been given to the native groups that lived there, as well as the civil war which got maybe half a page î Another America î Fascinating history, but the bar for narrative non fiction is a lot higher these days, and this would benefit from engaging storytelling since there are so many amazing stories to tell.
An Engaging And Accessible Account Publishers WeeklyIn , A Small Group Of African Americans Reversed The Course Of Centuries And Sailed To Africa, To A Place They Would Name After Liberty Itself They Went Under The Aegis Of The American Colonization Society, A White Philanthropic Organization With A Dual Agenda To Rid America Of Its Blacks And To Evangelize Africa The Settlers, Eventually Numbering In The Thousands, Broke Free From The ACS Download Epub Format È Another America PDF by ¸ James D.
Ciment And, In , Established The Republic Of LiberiaJames Ciment, In His Enthralling History Another America, Shows That The Settlers Struggled To Balance Their High Ideals With Their Prejudices On The Steamy Shores Of West Africa, They Re Created The Only Social Order They Knew, That Of An Antebellum Dixie, With Themselves As The Master Caste, Ruling Over A Native Population That Outnumbered Them Twenty To One They Built Plantations, Held Elegant Dances, And Worked To Protect Their Fragile Independence From The Predations Of Foreign Powers Meanwhile, They Fought, Abused, And Even Helped To Enslave The Native Liberians The Persecuted Became The Persecutors Until A Lowly Native Sergeant Murdered Their President In , Ending Years Of Americo Liberian Rule And Inaugurating A Quarter Century Of Civil WarRiven By Caste, Committed To Commerce, Practicing Democratic And Christian Ideals Haphazardly, The Americo Liberians Created A History That Is, To A Surprising Degree, The Mirror Image Of Our Own Having recently read a couple of books from the late 19th early 20th century on Liberian history, I was interested to read something recent about the country s history, especially the famous coup of 1980 and the civil wars and collapse of the economy that occurred over the following 25 years As someone involved in development, it s a fascinating case study to see a country that had per capita gross domestic product of 450 in 1980 and subsequently fell to below 65 by 1995 It s hard to think of another place where things have gone so badly so quickly in recent history.
Aside from their recent huge problems coups, civil wars, regional instability, Charles Taylor, now the Ebola crisis Liberia really does have a pretty fascinating history It was originally founded by free The history of Liberia is a perfect illustration of the old maxim that truth is stranger than fiction This book tells the story well, and I highly recommend it.
From the 1820 arrival on the West African coast of freed slaves and free blacks in search of a better life than what was available to them in the United States to the 1980 assassination of the last Americo president, William Tolbert Jr, by an obscure master sergeant in the Liberian Army, who then managed to install himself as a dictator with the support of the American Reagan administration, the history of Americo native relations largely mirrors that of black white relations in America during a similar timeframe Americo is a term used to describe the non native settler class of Liberians originating from the US and the Caribbean Though Liberia saw itself as a bulwark against the slave trade in its early deca