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As a reporter, mostly for Reuters, Aidan Hartley covered wars and famine in Ethiopia, Somalia, Rwanda, and the Congo, throughout the 1990s. But there was a difference: Hartley was a white native of Africa -- born in Kenya, though his father served the British mostly in southern Arabia during the Second World War and after. Hartley weaves his own thrilling and appalling experiences with the wild "cowboys" who cover foreign wars, and an American photographer lover, with what he can piece together about his father and father's best friend Peter Davey, who died under mysterious circumstances in Arabia in the 1940s and left a manuscript in the family's Zanzibar chest -- and he tries to explain both generations' love for the mysterious and deeply troubled dark continent.
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Kind Of History

Time of history:    -   1990's    -   1980's History of military?    -   Yes Armed Forces:    -   Army History of a people?    -   Yes Nationality?    -   Africa

Subjects of this Historical Account

Religion? (if plays a major part)    -   Muslims! Ethnicity (if plays a major part)    -   Arabic Is the portrayal sympathetic?    -   Somewhat sympathetic From a certain profession/group?    -   farmers


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Russia    -   Yugoslavia Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Iran/Persia Africa    -   Yes Part of Africa:    -   Arabic Africa    -   Black Africa Middle East?    -   Yes Middle East    -   Israel If applicable, liberal/conservative?    -   Historian is very liberal

Writing Style

How much gore?    -   8 () How fast-paced is the book?    -   6 () Accounts of torture and death?    -   very explicit references to deaths and torture Book makes you feel...    -   depressed/sad How much focus on stories of individuals?    -   Focuses on brief history of a lot of players How much romance?    -   3 () Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   orgies Minor characters feature lots of:    -   deranged people Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A handful Maps necessary?    -   Not enough maps Length of book    -   400-450 pages How much emphasis on small details?    -   4 ()

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