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A Rope from the Sky

The Making and Unmaking of the World's Newest State

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The euphoric birth of South Sudan was celebrated around the world as a triumph for global justice and a signal that one of the world’s most dreadful wars was finally over. The republic’s independence was acclaimed by the US and UK. But the party would not last long. Just two years later, South Sudan’s freedom-fighters plunged their new nation back into chaos, shattering the promise of liberation and exposing the hubris of their Western backers.

This making and unmaking of the world’s newest state is an epic tale of paradise won and lost. The author’s first-hand accounts – from deadly war zones to the White House Situation Room – bring readers inside the untold story. From brutal gang rapes to forced cannibalism, the violence visited upon innocent civilians summoned the ghosts of the Rwandan genocide. Weaving together narratives local and global, this is a story of hope, loss, power, greed, and compassion. But also a story of the West's audacious attempt to forge a state from scratch – an intervention that, in scope and failure, rivals those in Iraq and Afghanistan. It reflects the best and worst of the West – both its humane ideals and clumsy reckoning with the limits of its ability to change the world.

This was no generic war in a neglected African backwater: Long darlings of the West, the country’s guerrillas were backed across the political spectrum, by ideologues and activists, evangelical Christians and Hollywood celebrities. This alliance of do-gooders helped deliver an oppressed people from evil, only to watch in horror as their chosen heroes turned the guns on each other. From moonlit battlefields to glitzy hotel ballrooms, and blood-soaked villages to the emerald green marshes of the River Nile, South Sudan’s story is a richly painted canvas. Present before, during, and after South Sudan’s independence in 2011, the author has taken tea with everyone: liberation fighters and corrupt ministers, teenage cattle rustlers and shadowy intelligence agents. Coupling his years on the ground with a stint in the Obama administration – working alongside the people responsible for the country’s birth – the author is uniquely positioned to tell the insider account of his modern-day Greek tragedy.

Book ISBN 9781445686943

Book Format Hardback

pages 336 pages

Publication Date 15 Oct 2018

Height 234

Width 156

Illustrations 30

Available on: Monday 15th October 2018

Regular Price: £20.00

Special Price: £18.00

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