The Tragedy of Madagascar

An Island Nation Confronts the 21st Century

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Pub Date 25 Nov 2022 | Archive Date 03 Oct 2022

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Why has Madagascar failed to make any meaningful progress since independence?

A mix of journalism and scholarship, the book is the result of almost nine months spent on the ground in Madagascar travelling and interviewing a wide range of political leaders at the national and local levels, including an unprecedented interview with the country’s former president, Marc Ravalomanana.

The book takes as its point of departure the military coup in 2009 that replaced Ravalomanana with Andry Rajoelina, and all of the negative aftershocks that followed, as well as including chapters on the bleak economic prospects of young people across the island, the unsustainable population growth that threatens so much of its future and a unique chapter on the effects of climate change on the southern region of Madagascar, where worsening droughts have left millions in humanitarian peril. 

Why has Madagascar failed to make any meaningful progress since independence?

A mix of journalism and scholarship, the book is the result of almost nine months spent on the ground in Madagascar...


A Note From the Publisher

Nathaniel Adams is an attorney in the United States who has traveled to over 25 developing countries to pursue various business and personal interests. Nathaniel first traveled to Madagascar as a college student and has returned several times since. He spent over eight months on the island in 2019 researching this book, his first. He holds degrees from Georgetown University and the University of Virginia School of Law.

Nathaniel Adams is an attorney in the United States who has traveled to over 25 developing countries to pursue various business and personal interests. Nathaniel first traveled to Madagascar as a...


Advance Praise

Adams's book is incredibly insightful and will be valuable for Malagasy leaders, its people, and the international community. It is well-written and well-researched, provides an in-depth picture of modern Madagascar, and is a wonderful contribution to the historical literature of the country. It sheds new light on the progress of democracy in a developing country and the responsibilities of our leaders and the Western countries. A great read for anyone interested in Madagascar's past and its future.

Monja Roindefo Zafitsimivalo, Former Prime Minister of Madagascar 


The South of Madagascar has been struggling for years to find enough water to feed all of the people in the region. In his new book about the island, Nathaniel Adams has written an important chapter about climate change in the Great South, one that beautifully tells the stories of the millions of people here trying to survive in an unforgiving land.

Vital Batubilema, UN World Food Program, Madagascar 


Adams's book is incredibly insightful and will be valuable for Malagasy leaders, its people, and the international community. It is well-written and well-researched, provides an in-depth picture of...


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ISBN 9781789048742
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