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June 14, 2019

There Was a Country: A Personal History of Biafra

By Chinua Achebe

There Was a Country: A Personal History of Biafra is a memoir of Achebe’s experiences growing up in Nigeria, and specifically, his thoughts and commentaries the Nigeria-Biafra War. The book is split into four parts, beginning with the story of his family, then moving onto the subjects of war and peace, and finally concluding with the difficulties associated with a postwar society. In describing the context in which the book was written, The Guardian writes that “no writer is better placed than Chinua Achebe to tell the story of the Nigerian Biafran war from a cultural and political perspective.”