by Mark Watson
Traveler's advisories or not, there is no way I will ever travel through West
Africa. My idea of a breathtaking adventure is to negotiate an international airport without a phone or facility with the local language. Lucky for me
then that Mark Weston and his tireless wife Ebrun have undertaken the journey.
Mr. Weston's book is West Africa 101. He sheds light on that which
seems dark and overwhelming in its complexity and foreignness. He's eyes on the
ground in places I can't imagine much less hope to understand. With computer at hand as I read, I got visuals on the
dusty villages and the people therein as the author chronicles conversations over endless coffee at yet another dusty streetstand.
Best of all, Weston segues easily from the personal to the
historical and the geopolitical, a skill not necessarily demonstrated in such
travelogues as his. I hope he continues his writing career--I'd go
virtually anywhere with him.