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In the Shadows of Politics

In the Shadows of Politics

Reflections from My Mirror

by Sylvester a Mensah and Sylvester A. Mensah
Publication Date: 02/12/2013
"A fifty year odyssey of a man who dared to venture" aptly describes this book which recounts the life, loves, escapades and exploits of Sylvester A. Mensah, the man, scholar, technocrat, politician, and family man, "raw and uncut" This engrossing narrative, which draws on autobiographical sketches, takes the reader on an exciting journey through the vicissitudes of life lived in familial and other settings, for the most part in Ghana. Like all life stories, it has the element of a roller-coaster of highs and lows; a story of fortitude in the face of difficulty and of triumph of the human spirit over adversity. In a sense it is everyman's story, and yet unique, as it resonates with the human experience. The elevation of hope over despair, the realisation of more auspicious circumstances against the odds, spiced up with snippets of mischief and intrigue, make this a riveting read. Set in an African context, it is a brilliant expose on a life lived in an era of socio-political and economic adjustments and transformation in post-independence Ghana.
The transition from military rule to democratic governance allowed the emergence of democratic institutions, a development which provides the context for some of the intrigues characteristic of human associations - a dimension which further enriches the narrative. Refreshingly candid, this autobiography pulls the curtains back on untold gripping encounters of his life and intriguing accounts of chess-like manoeuvres in the corridors of politics which leave the reader spellbound, but also cheering for the underdog. Sylvester leaves no stone unturned in this panoramic account of five decades of an eventful life of purposeful adventure. It is a must-read.
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