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ISBN: 978-1848138476

Charles Taylor and Liberia: Ambition and Atrocity in Africa’s Lone Star State

by: Colin M. Waugh
Campaigner, insurgent, arms dealer, warlord, commodity trafficker, elected president, international fugitive, and finally prisoner, Charles Taylor sought to lead his native Liberia to change but instead destroyed it in a frenzy of violence, greed, and uncontrolled personal ambition. In the process, he threw much of Liberia’s neighboring region into turmoil for over a decade, finally facing judgment in The Hague for his role in the Sierra Leone conflict.
In this remarkable and eye-opening book, Colin Waugh examines both the life of Taylor himself, as well as the sometimes idealistic but often self-interested efforts of the international community to first save Liberia and the region from disaster, then, having failed to do so, to bring to justice the man it deems most to blame for the turmoil.
Meet the Author
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Colin Waugh grew up in Scotland and was educated in the UK before pursuing careers in writing and publishing, financial markets, and international post-conflict work. The latter led him to live and travel in over twenty countries in Africa over the past two decades. In 2004, he wrote Paul Kagame and Rwanda, a career narrative of the current President of Rwanda. From 1996-97, he worked in Sierra Leone and later in Ghana, a country of refuge for many Liberians, before returning to Sierra Leone and Liberia itself in 2002, Charles Taylor's last full year in power.
Mr. Waugh currently lives in London, and recently has served on the advisory board of Columbia University’s Institute of African Studies and as director of Lombard Street Associates in London.
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About This Book
Overview
Campaigner, insurgent, arms dealer, warlord, commodity trafficker, elected president, international fugitive, and finally prisoner, Charles Taylor sought to lead his native Liberia to change but instead destroyed it in a frenzy of violence, greed, and uncontrolled personal ambition. In the process, he threw much of Liberia’s neighboring region into turmoil for over a decade, finally facing judgment in The Hague for his role in the Sierra Leone conflict.
In this remarkable and eye-opening book, Colin Waugh examines both the life of Taylor himself, as well as the sometimes idealistic but often self-interested efforts of the international community to first save Liberia and the region from disaster, then, having failed to do so, to bring to justice the man it deems most to blame for the turmoil.
Details

ISBN: 978-1848138476
Publisher: Zed Books
Publish Date: 2011
Page Count: 384

“Charles Taylor and Liberia: Ambition and Atrocity in Africa’s Lone Star State”

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