Three Famines

Three Famines

Starvation and Politics

Book - 2011
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Famine may be triggered by nature but its outcome arises from politics and ideology. In Three Famines , award-winning author Thomas Keneally uncovers the troubling truth--that sustained widespread hunger is historically the outcome of government neglect and individual venality. Through the lens of three of the most disastrous famines in modern history--the potato famine in Ireland, the famine in Bengal in 1943, and the string of famines that plagued Ethiopia in the 1970s and 1980s-- Keneally shows how ideology, mindsets of governments, racial preconceptions, and administrative incompetence were, ultimately, more lethal than the initiating blights or crop failures.

In this compelling narrative, Keneally recounts the histories of these events while vividly evoking the terrible cost of famine at the level of the individual who starves and the nation that withers.

Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, 2011.
ISBN: 9781610390651
Branch Call Number: 363. 809 KEN
Characteristics: ix, 323 p. : maps


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moviediva Apr 03, 2012

The author of “Schindler’s list” writes about the role politics played in the Irish, Bengalese & Ethiopian famines are very insightful. His views are easily related to today’s headlines about food shortages. Unfortunately I found his style of writing very hard to understand but still worth a read.

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