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Book Reviews

This is a review of the memoirs by the second President of the United Republic of Tanzania, H.E. Ali Hassan Mwinyi “Mzee Rukhsa: Safari ya Maisha Yangu” by Prof. Rwekaza Mukandala, Mwalimu Nyerere Chair in Pan-African Studies.
This is a review of H.E. Benjamin William Mkapa’s autobiography, titled “My Life, My Purpose: A Tanzanian President Remembers”, by Prof. Rwekaza Mukandala, Mwalimu Nyerere Chair in Pan-African Studies.
This is a review of Edward Said’s “Orientalism” by Mélisande Denis. Originally published in 1978, Orientalism is still highly topical forty plus years later, and is especially worth reading to understand the issues of racism, of identity and of relations between different cultures.
This is a review of Lixia Loh’s “Sovereign Wealth Funds: States Buying the World” by Japhet Lutambi. What are Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs)? What are the Sources, Size and objectives of SWFs? Why SWF had little media interest on their investment prior to 2007? Why commentators are concerned at the Rise of SWFs?
This is a review of Rabindranath Tagore’s “Nationalism” by Gwamaka Kifukwe. Originally published in 1917, Nationalism remains an insightful critique of the concept of the ‘nation’ and ‘nationalism’.
This is a review of Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson’s “Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty” by Mélisande Denis. Why are some countries rich, and why are others poor? What can account for economic disparities across the world?