The Skull beneath the Skin: Africa after the Cold War

By Mark Huband | Go to book overview
Save to active project


THE TEN YEARS OF EXPERIENCE that have provided the material for this book have been enriched and guided by many friends, colleagues, and acquaintances. Their advice, encouragement, and readiness to nurture me in the craft of journalism and to provide hints as to its limitless value opened my eyes to places and events in which I could have become lost but from which it became possible to emerge with a tale to tell. I will always be indebted to Michael Holman, Africa editor of the Financial Times, for first sending me to Abidjan and for encouraging me through example and advice for more than a decade. Stephen Smith, formerly of Libération and now of Le Monde, inspired me always to step a little closer to the story I sought to tell and to work a little harder than I might otherwise have done. Ann Treneman, formerly foreign editor of the Observer, fought hard to ensure that while the world, the British media in general, and her own colleagues in particular, sought to ignore the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, her pages told the story starkly. Elizabeth Blunt, formerly West Africa correspondent of the BBC, kept me fed and focused during some of the darkest days in the history of West Africa, as did Edith Odemo, whose help in Nairobi is an enduring memory of Kenya. I would also like to thank Martin Woollacott of the Guardian for having helped me lay a few ghosts to rest. At Westview Press I would like to thank Karl Yambert, Jennifer Chen, and Meegan Finnegan for their great help, encouragement, and commitment to the reporting of Africa, as well as Silvine Farnell for her sensitive and encouraging editing, which enhanced the quality of the manuscript. I am extremely grateful to Chris Walker, head of the graphics department at the Financial Times, for taking on the task of providing the maps for this book and to Jim Stephens for having contributed photographs of Somalia, Sudan, and Kenya and to my parents, Ann and David Huband for reading and commenting on the proofs of this book. But my greatest debt is owed to Marceline, my wife, for sharing her wisdom and fortitude when both often seemed in short supply.

Mark Huband
London, UK


Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Cite this page

Cited page

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
The Skull beneath the Skin: Africa after the Cold War


Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen
/ 376

matching results for page

Cited passage

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?