Jonny Steinberg (epub or PDF) Little Liberia


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Little Liberia

On Park Hill Avenue in New York City almost everyone is Liberian Most people know one another; if not by name then by face And yet neighbours do not ask one another what they did in Liberia for the uestion is considered an accusation Many people here fled Liberia's brutal civil war a conflict that claimed the lives of one in fourteen Liberians The uestion of who is responsible is a bitter oneJacob Massauoi arrived on Park Hill Avenue in 2002 limping heavily Before he had been there a week a hundred stories abounded about his injury By this time Rufus Arkoi was the acknowledged leader of New Y. Maps the histories personalities and institutions behind a political battle within Staten Island s tight knit but fractious Liberian refugee community from the perspective of a white South African journalist who spent a year living in it Helpful for understanding the dynamics and legacies that have created challenges for organizing SI s and NY s African communities Steinberg is an entertaining writer I would seek out his other books

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Once knew them What emerges is a story of a horrific and heart wrenching civil war of a deeply troubled relationship between America and West Africa of personal ambition wrestling with moral responsibility of memory wrestling with forgetfulness and of the uest to be human in a world losing its humanityMixing history reportage and a wealth of extraordinary personal stories Jonny Steinberg takes up the tale of a fractured African nation and its diaspora to remarkable effect Little Liberia is a uniue and important book told with clarity and compassion by one of our best and brightest young write. I have really enjoyed Steinberg s other work especially the nonfiction book Sizwe s Test in South Africa Three Letter Plague This book was a very interesting look at two Liberian refugees in New York and how they managed to survive both the war there and the creation of a life in the US The character Jacob is particularly humbling it s hard to imagine someone who experienced horror yet he seized every opportunity with incredible energy and focus And all these hidden histories exist in American cities and suburbs if only the rest of us would look and ask Something in the Wine The Moonstone Series knew them What emerges is a story of a horrific and heart wrenching civil war of a deeply troubled relationship between America and West Africa of personal ambition wrestling with moral responsibility of memory wrestling with forgetfulness and of the uest to be human in a world losing its humanityMixing history reportage and a wealth of extraordinary personal stories Jonny Steinberg takes up the tale of a fractured African nation and its diaspora to remarkable effect Little Liberia is a uniue and important book told with clarity and compassion by one of our best and brightest young write. I have really enjoyed Steinberg s other work especially the nonfiction book Sizwe s Test in South Africa Three Letter Plague This book was a very interesting look at two Liberian refugees in New York and how they managed to survive both the war there and the creation of a life in the US The character Jacob is particularly humbling it s hard to imagine someone who experienced horror yet he seized every opportunity with incredible energy and focus And all these hidden histories exist in American cities and suburbs if only the rest of us would look and ask

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Ork's Liberians a man who had sat out the war in America but who harboured hopes of one day returning home to run for presidentWithin a year the two men were locked in a conflict that threatened to consume the community The suspicions and accusations the residents had bottled up for years exploded at once To observers it appeared that this enclave of exiles was frozen at the time of their flight restarting a war that had ended back homeJonny Steinberg spent two years in New York shadowing Rufus and Jacob eventually journeying to Liberia to piece together their biographies from the people who. I m an unapologetic fiction gal but Steinberg s account of Liberia Liberians New York and Americo Liberians was the most compelling non fiction account I ve read of a region issue or conflict in years This should be a mandatory supplement for anyone studying Liberia in a modern or historical context or even the socio political configuration of West Africa today Steinberg is a gifted writer too and doesn t hesitate to turn the magnifier on himself and the challenges that accompany the attempt to accurately portray individuals life stories and personalities as part of the larger truth of Liberia s complex civil war years and aftermath Perhaps only a South African could bring such a fresh insightful take of Liberians and Americans to the fore


10 thoughts on “Little Liberia

  1. says:

    Maps the histories personalities and institutions behind a political battle within Staten Island's tight knit but fractious Liberian refugee co

  2. says:

    Little Liberia an African Odyssey in New YorkJonny Steinberg has this knack of being able to introduce people to worlds most of us would not even consider entering – the world of prison gangs the world of cops on patrol in the townships and now in his latest book Little Liberia An African Odyssey in New York the world of two Liberians who live in a sort of reconstructed version of their country in New York

  3. says:

    Since reading Jonny Steinberg’s outstanding work of non fiction The Number I decided that it was high time to tackle one of his recent works Little Liberia What I appreciate about Steinberg’s writing style is that he completely immerses himself in his subject and is one of my role models as a journalist I also appreciate the way his books are able to introduce me to worlds and people that I would never kno

  4. says:

    I had no past knowledge of the historical relations between America and Liberia Steinberg weaves a beautiful narrative that has you turning the pages wanting Its a great read with some horrific scenes of genocide and canni

  5. says:

    I'm an unapologetic fiction gal but Steinberg's account of Liberia Liberians New York and Americo Liberians was the most compelling non fiction account I've read of a region issue or conflict in years This should

  6. says:

    This book taught me so much about Liberia and its connection to the USA which I never understood before I always find it confusing when reading books about Africa that the Africans often have a love hate relationship with the USA It is also evident in this book; yet America gives them an opportunity which they otherwise would not have had in terms of furthering their education finding employment getting health care etc In this cas

  7. says:

    I have really enjoyed Steinberg's other work especially the nonfiction book Sizwe's Test in South Africa Three Letter Plague This book was a very interesting look at two Liberian refugees in New York and how they managed

  8. says:

    Well written the story and writing grabbed me from the first chapter and I much irrirated I had to put the book down and g

  9. says:

    I did not find this book as engrossing as Steinberg's others and found myself wondering what the point of it was right up to the end I could have put this down at any stage and would not really have wondered how it ended W

  10. says:

    I liked this book about the impact of the Liberian War on two leaders of the Liberian exile community in Staten Island NY who are at odds with each other Through the lives of Jacob and Rufus we see the different nuances of this long conflict

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