Thursday, July 12, 2012

Hogging the Bookshelves

Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Amolo Odinga has the rare honor of having two thick tomes of literature, focused on himself as the subject matter, published within (five?) years of each other. One (Enigma in Kenyan Politics) paints him in positive light while the other (Peeling back the mask) is all about exposing the man.

The way I see it, having two successive thick tomes of literature circulating in your name is a sure-fire way to occupy the population's consciousness. In this politics business, any type of publicity counts, good and bad alike. Controversy sells. The key word is balance.

In related news, it looks like election years are a publisher's hunting season.


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