Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780745337579 Published April 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780745337586 Published July 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

A Certain Amount of Madness

The Life, Politics and Legacies of Thomas Sankara

Amber Murrey

A Certain Amount of Madness

Amber Murrey

Distributed for Pluto Press

384 pages | 5 3/4 x 9 | © 2018
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780745337579 Published April 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780745337586 Published July 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Thomas Sankara (1949–87) was one of the most important anti-imperialist leaders of twentieth-century Africa. His declaration that fundamental change would require “a certain amount of madness” was a driving force behind the Burkinabè Revolution that eventually led to his being elected president of Burkina Faso.
            This book examines Sankara’s political philosophies and legacies and their relevance today. Amber Murrey analyzes his synthesis of Pan-Africanism and humanist Marxist politics, as well as his approach to gender, development, ecology, and decolonization. She doesn’t shy away from detailing the limitations of the revolution he led, but nonetheless she finds potent sources of inspiration for today’s struggles in Sankara’s example.
Review Quotes
Toyin Falola, University of Texas at Austin
“The legendary Thomas Sankara—hero, revolutionary leader, anti-imperialist—receives deserving analytical treatment from the most prominent radical voices here assembled for one the greatest sons of Africa... The book enhances our understanding of the pragmatism of politics, the rhetoric of revolutionary actions, and the resurgence of reactionary forces. A must read.”
 
Sean Jacobs, founder and editor of Africa is a Country
“This book by a wide range of committed scholars, including, crucially, a significant number of African scholars, is a necessary and illuminating intervention. The Sankara that emerges here is more than ‘Africa's Che Guevara,’ a man whose ideas and politics are ‘rich with a thousand nuances’ that distinguish them from other forms of Marxism and Pan-Africanism. Sankara comes alive in all his complexity.”
 
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