This book intends to report the African problems - war, AIDS, and poverty. It also brings a preface that considers political and economic developments of the past six years. 'The Shackled Continent' aims to affirm that Africans have been impoverished by their own leaders' abuses of power. From the minefields of Angola to the barren wheat fields of Zimbabwe, Guest intends to gather evidence of the misery African leaders have inflicted on their people. He also finds stories and examples of the resilience and resourcefulness of individual Africans.