My First Coup d'Etat: And Other True Stories from the Lost Decades of Africa
Title: My First Coup d'Etat: And Other True Stories from the Lost Decades of Africa
Author: John Dramani Mahama
This memoir by the current vice-president of the Republic of Ghana chronicles his coming-of-age during decades of political upheaval in his country. It is a fascinating look at how normal life can be for children in the midst of such uncertainty for adults trying to hold their lives together.
-Helen K. at KDL’s Spencer Township branch
My First Coup D’Etat offers an intimate look at the country that has long been considered Africa’s success story. This is a one-of-a-kind book: Mahama’s is a rare literary voice from a political leader, and his personal stories work on many levels—as history, as cultural and political analysis, as fables, and, of course, as the memoir of a young man who, unbeknownst to him or anyone else, would grow up to be president of his nation. Though non-fiction, these are stories that rise above their specific settings and transport the reader into a world all their own, one which evokes a time lost and explores the universal human emotions of love, fear, faith, despair, loss, longing, and hope despite all else.