Author: Ali Mazrui.
Mazrui, Ali. 2004. The African Predicament and the American Experience: A Tale of Two Edens. Westport, Conn: Praeger.
Mazrui examines the importance of Africa―historically, culturally, and economically―in the development of the West, particularly the United States. And he contrasts this demonstrable importance with the combination of neglect and malice directed at Africa and those of African descent by the West and by the United States in particular.As Mazrui illustrates throughout, this is a tale of two Edens: Africa as the Eden of Lost Innocence and America as the Eden of Current Power and Future Fulfillment. People of African ancestry have been part of the vanguard for the Edenization of America. But America is also influencing the first Eden: Africa. America is a major force in the liberalization of black people in Africa; and black people are a major force in the democratization of all people in America.