James Brabazon

My Friend the Mercenary

A Memoir

Canongate 2010

New Books in African StudiesNew Books in JournalismNew Books in Peoples & PlacesNew Books in Politics & SocietyNew Books Network May 23, 2011 Nicholas Walton

In February 2002, British journalist James Brabazon set out to travel with guerrilla forces into Liberia to show the world what was happening in...

In February 2002, British journalist James Brabazon set out to travel with guerrilla forces into Liberia to show the world what was happening in that war-torn country. To protect him, he hired Nick du Toit, a former South African Defence Force soldier who had fought in conflicts across Africa for over three decades. What follows is an incredible behind-the-scenes account of the Liberian rebels known as the LURD as they attempt to seize control of the country from government troops led by President Charles Taylor. In this gripping narrative, James Brabazon paints a brilliant portrait of the chaos that tore West Africa apart: nations run by warlords and kleptocrats, rebels fighting to displace them, ordinary people caught in the crossfire and everywhere adventurers and mercenaries operating in war’s dark shadows. It is a brutally honest book about what it takes to be a journalist, survivor, and friend in this morally corrosive crucible.

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