Robert Gurevich Reading and Book Signing


Former WCU Anthropology professor Robert Gurevich will visit City Lights Bookstore on Friday, September 16th at 5 p.m. He will present his novel, The Razor’s Edge: Embezzlement, Corruption, and Development in Ethiopia.  His novel stems from his experience as a Chief of Party, Project Director, and evaluation consultant on several development projects funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and other sponsors.


What's it like being the only expatriate manager of a multi-million dollar development project with an Ethiopian staff of over 200?


What's it like to start dealing with major embezzlement on a previous project before your arrival?


What's it like to work with senior staff who hate each other and could be complicit in the embezzlement?


What's it like dealing with a donor agency and host government that views you with deep mistrust while demanding that you get project activities up and running quickly?

It deals with ethnicity, gender, kinship, bureaucracy, management, staff recruitment, local politics, relations with the donor, and much more.


To reserve copies of The Razor’s Edge, please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.  


Event date: 
Friday, September 16, 2022 - 5:00pm
Event address: 
3 East Jackson Street
City Lights Bookstore
Sylva, NC 28779

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