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Tropical Gangsters

Tropical Gangsters

One Man’s Experience With Development and Decadence in Deepest Africa
July 1991
Trade Paperback · 296 Pages
$22.50 U.S. · $24.00 CAN · £14.99 U.K. · €15.99 E.U.
ISBN 9780465087600
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Selected as one of the six best nonfiction books of 1990 by the editors f the New York Times Book Review, this is a compelling and entertaining account of the author’s two-and-a-half year adventure in Equatorial Guinea, and his efforts to get this small bankrupt African nation on the path of structural development.

About the Author

Robert Klitgaard is the author of Tropical Gangsters and Choosing Elites. A former associate professor of public policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School, he is currently President and University Professor of Claremont Graduate University.