Online Book Club - Money, Blood and Conscience by David Steinman, Online, Tuesday, 20. October 2020
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Book Club - Money, Blood and Conscience
by David Steinman
For this book club we're going to discuss David Steinman's book, , March 2020, Free Planet Publishing, London, ISBN 978057852853, £12.99 UK RRP.
"An idealistic American TV producer starts a charity for famine victims amid Ethiopia's civil war. “You’re not in California here,” Ethiopia’s rebel leader-turned-prime minister reminds him. “This is a different world.”
In 1993, a prince and princess from Ethiopia’s 2,500-year-old Solomonic Dynasty reached out to an international revolutionary who’d played a behind-the-scenes role in the overthrow of Haiti’s notorious “Baby Doc” Duvalier. Could he help free Ethiopia’s most famous political prisoner and liberate its people from a reign of terror?
Now, that revolutionary, David Steinman, has drawn on his extraordinary, real-life adventure to write a novel about Ethiopia’s present-day struggle for freedom. Part investigative journalism and part parable, it depicts the cover-up of a holocaust and raises questions about the ends and means of Western policy in shadowy places.
Money, Blood and Conscience superbly portrays the fight by the world’s poorest for food and justice, drawing the reader into a magnificent, heartbreaking crusade for human dignity."
Except David Steinman's behind-the-scenes role in the overthrow of "Baby Doc" was only for 4 months, according to his own . He then spent the next three years working for the innocuously named 'US Council for World Freedom' - a privately funded group set up to try to destabilise Communist governments throughout the world - for three years until 1989. And that's about it for his work experience.
The explanation he gives for his interest in Ethiopia changes from interview to interview and it's not clear if he's ever been to the country. He claims he "co-planned Ethiopia's 2005 civil resistance and election campaign" and that he "served as senior foreign adviser to Ethiopia's democracy movement for 27 years until its 2018 victory", which might explain the heavy anti-government bias in the novel.
"This is the first novel from Mr. Steinman, whose non-fiction writing in the Washington Post [, ], International Herald Tribune [New York Times ] and on Forbes.com  exposed the Ethiopian dictatorship’s human rights abuses, theft of thirty billion dollars from famine victims and hidden genocide."
Steinman also reports that he was nominated for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize, the year that Abiy Ahmed Ali was given the award, despite the fact that the names of nominees and nominators are .
So much for the writer, what about the book? Is it believable? Is it a good read? Let us know at our online book club!
The online book club will be run via . All registrants will be sent links to the session shortly before the event.