Angolan oligarchs inhabit the global luxury economy of british public schools swiss asset managers hermes stores etc in fact argues the oxford political scientist ricardo soares de oliveira in his marvellous new book magnificent and beggar land angola since the civil war we live in an oligarchs ideal world. Stripped to its essentials magnificent and beggar land explores the extraordinary transformation of the angolan political economy after 41 years of war finally ended since 2002 for a variety of reasons the country has reinvented itself said soares de oliveira in a recent interview with portuguese newspaper observador. Oil and money may gush from angola but reliable information and analysis do not this book does much to redress those deficits for both non specialists needin. The civil war denotes the borders of the second and third chapters 1979 1992 and 1993 2002 respectively ricardo soares de oliveiras magnificent and beggar land is possibly the best account of angolas fourth and fifth chapters if the global 2008 economic crisis were to divide the chapters in two
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