From the list on adventures in Africa.
Who am I?
I have traveled throughout Africa and had the great opportunity to live in West Africa for two years, while I was working for the CIA. That experience was wild and challenging, but also transforming. West Africa became the setting for my first novel, Victor in the Rubble, because I loved the absurdity and adventure I experienced there, where nothing is logical but everything makes sense. I have read a number of novels that take place in different parts of Africa, as well as a wide array of nonfiction books about various African countries, their history, and their leaders. There are so many great stories there that pique my interest and inspire me.
Alex's book list on adventures in Africa
Discover why each book is one of Alex's favorite books.
Why did Alex love this book?
This is one of the books that sparked my interest in the cult of personality that dictators cultivate in order to secure their own power.
It helped inspire a number of essays I later wrote about dictators and informed some of the characters in my own books. In fact, Mobutu is one of the most interesting dictators to me because he chose as his mistress his wife’s identical twin.
Seriously, you can’t make this stuff up!