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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The review of this Book prepared by David Loftus