Book Reviews

Books I have read in 2013

Upon reflection, this is the year that I have read fewer books since 2007. I have read 15 books. This means a little more than one book a month average.  I think it’s a wake up call that I need to balance work and reading (or is it life and reading)? For the last 11 years (2001-2012) I was a… Read more →

Will the next generation in Africa make it? A Reflection of Walter & Albertina Sisulu’s biography

Written by: Shirumisha Kwayu Reflections on: Elinor Sisulu,( 2011). Walter & Albertina Sisulu; In our lifetime. New Africa Books, pp. 688 On Thursday 5th September 2013 as I was coming out from the exam room feeling relieved from exam stress and with the joy completing my master’s program, I walked on my way back home very energetic. As I was walking I ironically… Read more →

Book Review: Meghji Z., Kwayu C., & Meghji R., The Woman Co-operator and Development (Kijabe: Maarifa Publishers Limited, 1985) pp.127

Reviewer: Aikande Kwayu An interest on Co-operatives and their positive role in rural development is re-emerging in Tanzania. The passing of new Cooperative Societies Act (Tanzania) in June 2013 is powerful evidence to this. The Poverty and Human Development Reports (Tanzania) of 2007 onwards also speak about cooperatives. The reports acknowledge the need and potential role of farmers associations in… Read more →

Personalized Book Review: Reflections on Kissinger H., On China, (New York: Penguin Group, 2012), pp. 604

At one time in my life I had developed a keen interest on diplomacy. That is now more than 10 years ago. I was an undergraduate student majoring in IR and all that I dreamt of had something to do with being a diplomat. I enjoyed lectures and seminars on diplomacy. I was conversant with diplomatic immunities and privileges as… Read more →

Reflections on #Education and #Extremism in Tanzania through the ‘eyes’ of #Tariq Ramadan’s book – Islam and the Arab Awakening (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012).

My heart is very sad as I write this. It was just two weeks ago when I was writing something in which I boasted about my country’s peace. However, I must admit that as I was writing my mind kept running through a question: ‘How can we sustain this peace in Tanzania?’ This question is now hunting me even more… Read more →

A Remixed Book Review: Lessons learnt from: Hochschild A., King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa (New York: Mariner Books, 1999), pp. 376

Title: King Leopold's Ghost Author: Adam Hochschild Genre: History Publisher: Mariner Books Release Date: 1999 Pages: 366 Documents the plundering of Africa In mid January, on the 52nd anniversary of Lumumba’s assassination,  I was inspired  to learn more about one of the greatest African heroes- Patrice Lumumba hence my interest to learn more about DRC was rejuvenated.  I knew that to grasp the… Read more →

Book Review: Acemoglu D., & Robinson J., Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty (NY: Crown Business, 2012), pp. 529

The ongoing riots and chaos in Cairo against President Morsi’s unwise move to grab more presidential powers underscores the explanatory power of Acemoglu and Robinson’s argument in their well researched and compelling book. In general, the book main argument is that nations fail or succeed due to economic and political institutions that they have in place. They categorize these institutions… Read more →

Book Review : Sanger D. E., Confront and Conceal: Obama’s Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power (NY: Crown Publishers, 2012) pp. 476

As Americans are voting today, one of the things that is worthy asking is if the US as a global hegemony (if still is) is able to maintain the status quo and for how long.  What is intriguing, for me, is the reasoning behind this debate- whether the hegemony is on the decline or not. David Sanger, in his detailed… Read more →