Magnificent and beggar land is a powerful account of fast changing dynamics in angola an important african state that is a key exporter of oil and diamonds and a growing power on the continent based on three years of research and extensive first hand knowledge of angola it documents the rise of a major economy and its insertion in the international system since it emerged in 2002 from one . This engrossing authoritative account of angolas history since 2002 when its three decade long civil war finally ended explains how a marxist leninist government morphed into one of the most corrupt crony capitalist regimes in the world. No what makes magnificent and beggar land so admirable is that it is packed with information anecdotes criticisms and even regrets gleaned from the upper layer of the notoriously secretive party that has ruled angola for the past 40 years the movimento popular de libertaiigbpo de angola mpla. Based on three years of research in and extensive first hand knowledge of angola magnificent and beggar land is the definitive account of the fast changing dynamics of this important yet misunderstood african state a major exporter of oil minerals and other raw materials and a growing power in the region. Ricardo soares de oliveira magnificent and beggar land angola since the civil warlondon hurst pb gbp25 978 1 84904 284 0 2015 291 pp
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