• White Malice

  • The CIA and the Covert Recolonization of Africa
  • By: Susan Williams
  • Narrated by: Chanté McCormick
  • Length: 21 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Africa
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)
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A revelatory history of how postcolonial African Independence movements were systematically undermined by one nation above all: the US.

In 1958 in Accra, Ghana, the Hands Off Africa conference brought together the leading figures of African independence in a public show of political strength and purpose. Led by the charismatic Kwame Nkrumah, who had just won Ghana’s independence, his determined call for Pan-Africanism was heeded by young, idealistic leaders across the continent and by African Americans seeking civil rights at home. Yet, a moment that signified a new era of African freedom simultaneously marked a new era of foreign intervention and control.

In White Malice, Susan Williams unearths the covert operations pursued by the CIA from Ghana to the Congo to the UN in an effort to frustrate and deny Africa’s new generation of nationalist leaders. This dramatically upends the conventional belief that the African nations failed to establish effective, democratic states on their own accord. As the old European powers moved out, the US moved in.

Drawing on original research and recently declassified documents, and told through an engaging narrative, Williams introduces listeners to idealistic African leaders and to the secret agents, ambassadors, and even presidents who deliberately worked against them, forever altering the future of a continent.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2021 Susan Williams (P)2021 PublicAffairs

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Informative, sometimes repetitive, good read

Bravo to the author. The book is well researched. But, it is a hard read. It is more like a dissertation than a flowing story. Sadly, facts get repeated. Better editing cld have caught that flaw. Author makes a few grand leaps to conclusions from thin data points. This book is not for a beginner in understanding African nationalism of West Africans 1950s to 80s There is overkill on Patrice Lumumba, though his story is vital and critical. Congo and Ghana are not the only hotbeds of CIA hanky-panky in Africa. Almost nothing on Southern African liberation movement leaders and CIA role in maintaining apartheid. Strange to have no mention of Neto in Angola, Machel of Mozambique and Nujoma of Namibia. Still, congrats to the author. Narrator must please learn proper pronunciations of names of famous African leaders.