The Mayor of Mogadishu

The Mayor of Mogadishu

A Story of Chaos and Redemption in the Ruins of Somalia

Book - 2016 | First edition.
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"This is a triumph of a book: surprising, informative, and humane." --Alexander McCall Smith

"Stunning." -- Foreign Affairs

"Pieces together Nur's astonishing biography and follows him when he became mayor in 2010 and tried to restore confidence and bring back investment to the battered Somali capital." -- NPR

"Part on-the-ground war reporting, part investigative biography, Harding's book captures both the fragile hopes and the appalling violence of Somalia . . . ." -- The New York Times

**A Foreign Affairs Best Book of 2017**

**One of Book Concierge's Best Books of 2016 **

In The Mayor of Mogadishu , one of the BBC's most experienced foreign correspondents, Andrew Harding, reveals the tumultuous life of Mohamoud "Tarzan" Nur - an impoverished nomad who was abandoned in a state orphanage in newly independent Somalia, and became a street brawler and activist. When the country collapsed into civil war and anarchy, Tarzan and his young family became part of an exodus, eventually spending twenty years in north London.

But in 2010 Tarzan returned, as Mayor, to the unrecognizable ruins of a city now almost entirely controlled by the Islamist militants of Al Shabab. For many in Mogadishu, and in the diaspora, Tarzan became a galvanizing symbol of courage and hope for Somalia. But for others, he was a divisive thug, who sank beneath the corruption and clan rivalries that continue, today, to threaten the country's revival.

The Mayor of Mogadishu is a rare an insider's account of Somalia's unraveling, and an intimate portrayal of one family's extraordinary journey.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250072344
Branch Call Number: 967.73 Nur-H
Characteristics: xxi, 278 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm

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