Charles Taylor and Liberia
Charles Taylor and Liberia
Author: Colin M. Waugh
Publisher: Zed Books
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781848138476
Pages: 352

Campaigner, insurgent, arms dealer, warlord, commodity trafficker, elected president, international fugitive, and finally prisoner, Charles Taylor sought to lead his native Liberia to change but instead destroyed it in a frenzy of violence, greed, and uncontrolled personal ambition. In the process, he threw much of Liberia's neighboring region into turmoil for over a decade, finally facing judgment in The Hague for his role in the Sierra Leone conflict.

In this remarkable and eye-opening book, Colin Waugh examines both the life of Taylor himself, as well as the sometimes idealistic but often self-interested efforts of the international community to first save Liberia and the region from disaster, then, having failed to do so, to bring to justice the man it deems most to blame for the turmoil.