Book Reviews

A simplified framework to understand Dictators’ strategies: lessons from Greitens S. C. (2016). Dictators and Their Secret Police: Coercive Institutions and State Violence. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp.324

Title: Dictators and their Secret Police Author: Sheena Chestnut Greitens Genre: Political Science Publisher: Cambridge University Press Release Date: 16/08/2016 Pages: 240 Context: Increasingly, there is substantial mentioning and complaints on social media and in the streets of Tanzania, wondering whether we are walking towards a dictatorial regime or not. There has been analysis that Tanzania has always been under… Read more →

Your view is not my view: Reflections on Shetler J.B (2007). Imagining Serengeti: A History of Landscape Memory in Tanzania from Earliest Times to the Present

Your view is not my view: Reflections on Shetler J.B (2007). Imagining Serengeti: A History of Landscape Memory in Tanzania from Earliest Times to the Present

Title: Imagining Serengeti Author: Jan Bender Shetler Genre: Academic: Anthropology; History Publisher: Ohio University Press Release Date: 2007 Format: Paperback Pages: 378 If someone wants to teach about the theory of Construction, I think the best book to start with would be “Imagining Serengeti”. This may not be

Reflections on the Ross (2015) “The Industries of the Future” and it’s potential lessons for #Tanzania

Title: The Industries of the Future Author: Alec Ross Genre: Business & Economics Publisher: Simon and Schuster Release Date: 2016-02-02 Pages: 320 A prompt to pick up this book from the shelf of many was triggered by the President of Tanzania (Dr. John P. Magufuli) new policy and emphasis on industrialization. I have been battling to

… the powers of Ideas… My reflection on: Schell O. and Delury J. (2013). Wealth and Power: China’s Long March to the Twenty-First Century (New York: Random House, 2013)

Title: Wealth and Power: China's Long March to the Twenty-First Century Author: Orville Schell and John Delury Publisher: Random Release Date: 2013 Pages: 478 Most scholars, commentators, media analysts, and students have been terming Chinese economic and material success as a “miracle”. A miracle is something that cannot be explained. Indeed, the classical and conventional economic development models found it… Read more →

Books (social) I have read in 2015:

Consolation: this list excludes books I’ve had to read for teaching purposes (some I had to read in full – e.g. those of Collective Security just for class confidence), research, and/or consultancy. All in all, upon reflection, I’ve not read as much as I could…and I’ve a feeling (apportioning the blame here) it’s mostly due to having elections in Tanzania…. Read more →

Graham A. , Blackwill R., & Wyne A., Lee Kuan Yew: The Grand Master’s Insights on China, the United States, and the World (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2013) pp. 186

Title: Lee Kuan Yew: The Grand Master’s Insights on China, the United States, and the World Author: Graham A. , Blackwill R., & Wyne A Genre: Biography & Autobiography Publisher: MIT Press Release Date: 2013 Pages: 186 A respected former prime minister of Singapore discusses Islamic terrorism; economic growth; democracy; the welfare state; education; the free market; the roles of… Read more →

Reflections on Axelrod’s Believer: My Forty Years in Politics

Title: Believer: My Forty Years in Politics Author: Axelrod D Genre: Biography & Autobiography Publisher: Penguin Press Release Date: 2015 Pages: 528 David Axelrod provides an inspiring account of his political journey while marinating it with his personal life. This book can fall into two different genres – a biography and a non-fictional prose for a political career.While narrating his… Read more →

#Solitude in the midst of turmoil : Reflection on Marquez Gabriel Garcia, One Hundred Years of Solitude

Title: One Hundred Years of Solitude Author: Marquez Gabriel Garcia Genre: Fiction Publisher: Penguin Release Date: 1967 Pages: 422 Writing this while on air somewhere in the Atlantic between America and Europe, I could not help but starting by citing…“the world must be all fucked up …when men travel first class and literature goes as freight” (406).