By Tom Wolfe
As a police release speeds throughout Miami’s Biscayne Bay—with officer Nestor Camacho on board—Tom Wolfe is off and operating. Into the feverous panorama of town, he introduces the Cuban mayor, the black police leader, a wanna-go-muckraking younger journalist and his Yale-marinated editor; an Anglo sex-addiction psychiatrist and his Latina nurse by means of day, loin lock via night-until in recent times, the affection of Nestor’s existence; a cultured, and oh-so-light-skinned younger lady from Haiti and her Creole-spouting, black-gang-banger-stylin’ little brother; a billionaire porn addict, crack purchasers within the ‘hoods, “de-skilled” conceptual artists on the Miami paintings Basel reasonable, “spectators” on the annual Biscayne Bay regatta having a look just for that night’s orgy, yenta-heavy ex-New Yorkers at an “Active Adult” house, and a nest of shady Russians. in keeping with a similar type of distinctive, on-scene, high-energy reporting that powered Tom Wolfe’s past bestselling novels, again TO BLOOD is one other significant, spot-on, scrupulous, and infrequently hilarious reckoning with our occasions.
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What the African man or woman on the street wants are the basic essentials that we all want: adequate food, shelter, sanitation, health care, education for their kids, and a chance to live their lives without being oppressed by their own governments. It is obvious to me that neither the Bank nor the other donors providing aid to Africa have been able to get African governments and power brokers to accomplish these basic objectives in real terms over the past forty years. Not because of the complexities of the task, but because the African leadership had other agendas and were in no way committed to doing anything to benefit the masses at the expense of their own enrichment.
They were the economic managers, and their solution to the world’s problems was to produce more economic managers. D. degrees in economics being one of the more popular approaches), conferences, seminars, workshops, and whatever, to that end. The economists at the Bank were in essence cloning themselves, and they seemed to be quite pleased with the whole business. To further that end, funds were often included in projects to create or strengthen ministries of economic planning, departments of economic planning, and economic planning units in every other ministry in government.
While pre-1987 annual reports contained a section entitled “Bank Management and Staff,”9 which included a breakdown of staffing numbers and composition, and pre-1994 annual reports contained information about the numbers of directors, it is difficult for the outside observer to get any sense of the growth of the bureaucracy over the succeeding years. Considering the Bank’s extensive efforts to encourage downsizing of the bloated government bureaucracies in the Third World, it is perhaps understandable that management would not wish to publicize its own bloated condition.