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Rwanda, Inc.: How a Devastated Nation Became an Economic Model for the Developing World
Patricia Crisafulli and Andrea Redmond. Palgrave Macmillan, $27 (256p) ISBN 978-0-230-34022-0

In their latest, Crisafulli and Redmond (coauthors of Comebacks: Powerful Lessons from Leaders Who Endured Setbacks and Recaptured Success on Their Terms) investigate the Rwandan renaissance, focusing on “Rwanda’s CEO,” Paul Kagame, a former refugee turned politician. Now in his second term as president, Kagame looks toward the future in light of the “lofty” objectives he set for his administration and nation. His hope to make Rwanda a self-sufficient economy is encompassed in his Vision 2020, a series of goals that range from decreasing the number of citizens who live in poverty to developing the Rwandan stock market. During Kagame’s tenure, he has placed a heightened importance on education–making 12 years of schooling compulsory– while stimulating agriculture. His initiatives favoring universal health care, unification and reconciliation, and grassroots change have improved the quality of life and encouraged investment by outsiders. Although the authors seem too quick to dismiss criticism by Human Rights Watch and others, this is a fascinating portrait of a nation and a president at a pivotal moment in history. Agent: Delia Berrigan Fakis, DSM Literary Agency. (Nov.)

Reviewed on: 08/27/2012