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The Wonga Coup Guns, Thugs, and a Ruthless Determination to Create Mayhem in an Oil-rich Corner of Africa (Paperback)

Author:  Adam Roberts
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 1586485008
ISBN-13: 9781586485009
Sku: 204190514
Publish Date: 9/1/2007
Pages:  303
Age Range:  NA
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Roberts investigates why in 2004, the tiny, oil-rich African nation of Equatorial Guinea became the target of a group of salty British, South African and Zimbabwean mercenaries, traveling on an American-registered ex-National Guard plane.
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Equatorial Guinea is a tiny country roughly the size of the state of Maryland. Humid, jungle covered, and rife with unpleasant diseases, natives call it Devil Island. Its president in 2004, Obiang Nguema, had been accused of cannibalism, belief in witchcraft, mass murder, billiondollar corruption, and general rule by terror. With so little to recommend it, why in March 2004 was Equatorial Guinea the target of a group of salty British, South African and Zimbabwean mercenaries, travelling on an American-registered ex-National Guard plane specially adapted for military purposes, that was originally flown to Africa by American pilots? The real motive lay deep below the ocean floor: oil.

In The Dogs of War, Frederick Forsyth effectively described an attempt by mercenaries to overthrow the government of Equatorial Guinea ? in 1972. And the chain of events surrounding the night of March 7, 2004, is a rare case of life imitating art?or, at least, life imitating a 1970s thriller?in almost uncanny detail. With a cast of characters worthy of a remake of Wild Geese and a plot as mazy as it was unlikely, The Wonga Coup is a tale of venality, overarching vanity and greed whose example speaks to the problems of the entire African continent.

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In THE WONGA COUP, a group of European businessmen decide to raise funds so that an army of mercenaries can take over a relatively small, but oil-rich, country in West Africa. This true story of a bold, and ultimately failed, 2004 plot to seize Equatorial Guinea includes a colorful cast of corrupt players on both sides, including the country's dictator, Macias Nguema, and the leader of the coup, Simon Mann, a British adventurer and aristocrat. Author Adam Roberts also follows the trail higher up, implicating government officials and corporations in this tale of modern-day piracy gone wrong.
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