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The story of a nation in turmoil on its way to splitting in two Thoroughly absorbingThe Wall Street JournalIn recent decades the situation in Africas largest country Sudan progressively deteriorated into a failed state with a war in Darfur claiming hundreds of thousands of lives President Bashir was indicted by the International Criminal Court and after South Sudan became independent in 2011 it was plagued by ethnic violence and human rights abusesIn this fascinating and immensely readable book the Africa editor of the Economist gives an absorbing account of Sudans descent into failure and what some have called genocide Drawing on interviews with many of the main players Richard Cockett explains how and why Sudan has disintegrated looking in particular at the countrys complex relationship with the wider world He shows how the United States and Britain were initially complicit in Darfurbut also how a broad coalition of human rights activists right wing Christians and opponents of slavery succeeded in bringing the issues to prominence in the United States and creating an impetus for change at the highest levelAccessible informative Numerous maps and an impressive bibliography add credibility to this fine work Publishers WeeklyThe story of a nation in turmoil on its way to splitting in two Thoroughly absorbingThe Wall Street JournalIn recent decades the situation in Africas largest country Sudan progressively deteriorated into a failed state with a war in Darfur claiming hundreds of thousands of lives President Bashir was indicted by the International Criminal Court and after South Sudan became independent in 2011 it was plagued by ethnic violence and human rights abusesIn this fascinating and immensely readable book the Africa editor of the Economist gives an absorbing account of Sudans descent into failure and what some have called genocide Drawing on interviews with many of the main players Richard Cockett explains how and why Sudan has disintegrated looking in particular at the countrys complex relationship with the wider world He shows how the United States and Britain were initially complicit in Darfurbut also how a broad coalition of human rights activists right wing Christians and opponents of slavery succeeded in bringing the issues to prominence in the United States and creating an impetus for change at the highest levelAccessible informative Numerous maps and an impressive bibliography add credibility to this fine work Publishers WeeklyThe story of a nation in turmoil on its way to splitting in two Thoroughly absorbingThe Wall Street JournalIn recent decades the situation in Africas largest country Sudan progressively deteriorated into a failed state with a war in Darfur claiming hundreds of thousands of lives President Bashir was indicted by the International Criminal Court and after South Sudan became independent in 2011 it was plagued by ethnic violence and human rights abusesIn this fascinating and immensely readable book the Africa editor of the Economist gives an absorbing account of Sudans descent into failure and what some have called genocide Drawing on interviews with many of the main players Richard Cockett explains how and why Sudan has disintegrated looking in particular at the countrys complex relationship with the wider world He shows how the United States and Britain were initially complicit in Darfurbut also how a broad coalition of human rights activists right wing Christians and opponents of slavery succeeded in bringing the issues to prominence in the United States and creating an impetus for change at the highest levelAccessible informative Numerous maps and an impressive bibliography add credibility to this fine work Publishers Weekly