“My First Coup D'Etat” chronicles the coming-of-age of John Dramani Mahama in Ghana during the dismal post-independence "lost decades" of Africa. He was seven years old when rumors of a coup reached his boarding school in Accra. His father, a minister of state, was imprisoned for more than a year. “My First Coup D'Etat” offers an intimate look at the country that has long been considered Africa's success story. The author’s is a rare literary voice from a political leader—he has been President of Ghana since July 2012—and his personal stories work on many levels: as history, as cultural and political analysis, as fables, and, of course, as the memoir of a young man who, would grow up to be president of his nation.
A reviewer for the Washington Post described the book as “A graceful memoir and striking literary debut…A collection of remarkable vignettes that blend a historian’s sensibility with a novelist’s prose, Mahama captures the evolution of that consciousness and, with it, glimpses of a nation’s recovered soul.”
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