genre: historical nonfiction
synopsis: a modern history of eritrea & how their thirty-year fight for independence resulted in their status as one of the most repressive countries in the world
setting: eritrea and ethiopia, 1960s – present
what i appreciated: the book discusses eritrea in context of both history and foreign affairs. plaut explains how the regime affects not just eritreans who still reside there, but also eritreans who live all over the world. he also explains how the regime’s actions affect other countries in the horn of africa and arabian peninsula, as well as the UN and major powers across the world.
trigger warnings: rape, torture
final thoughts: an intriguing and informative read for anyone who wants to learn more about this region of africa in general, but eritrea in particular