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  • Metcalfe explore[s] Angola by road to get under the skin of a nation in which corruption and nepotism are rife... Along the way, [he] cleverly weaves in Angola's colonial history, including Portugal's shocking slave-trading past, civil war and rapid rise of the nouveau riche... Angola's extraordinary cocktail of corruption, oil wealth, destitution and post-colonial blues adds an altogether grittier dimension.

    The Times
  • A curious tenderloin-abroad-tale that is both diligent and gripping in its portrait of a country torn apart.

  • Step forward Daniel Metcalfe, whose account of his three-month exploration of [Angola] doesn't shirk from describing the appalling poverty but manages to reach [an] optimistic conclusion.

    Best Books for Summer 2013, Financial Times
  • An invigorating, eye-opening and fascinating study

    Financial Times
  • This gritty book gives an in-depth account of Angola... and captures the corruption of a country with a multimillionaire elite and many dirt poor.

    The Times

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