The Long Walk from Freedom: African States Since Independence


This book addresses a fundamental question for those interested in sub-Saharan Africa. Why have its post-colonial states not fulfilled their promise to deliver prosperity, good governance and security? On these three goals, at least through a generation of independent rule, most sub-Saharan states did not keep pace with other world regions that were also considered ``underdeveloped” in the early 1960s, the decade of independence for most African states. Nor had many of them fulfilled the promises of their independence movements and the charismatic leaders who heralded a promising future.

Book manuscript. Accepted, Yale University Press