Irene Tinker's vivid memoire recaptures a pivotal moment, circa 1953, when East Africa was on the road to independence. It dramatizes both how far new nations have come since then and how burdened they remain by ghosts of the past. Her book contains useful history, rigorous political science, and fascinating ethnography, all enhanced by the added dimension of a woman's perspective. But, above all, this is a good story, in the tradition of great African travelogues from James Conrad and Graham Greene to Paul Theroux. Crossing Centuries will warm the hearts of old Africa hands and seize the imagination of readers new to what used to be called the Dark Continent. ALAN MCKEE, US Ambassador to Swaziland 1996-1999
Crossing Centuries provides insightful grounded observations of the changing global south through the eyes of a founding scholar of the field of women and development. This is a riveting read, especially for scholars and practitioners of international development.
LOUISE FORTMANN, Professor, University of California at Berkeley
For someone who lived in Africa in the late sixties, as colonialism was dying, Irene Tinker's book conjures up the vitality and enthusiasm of the Africans who were taking over and the denial of the colonials, who considered themselves both superior and essential.
PAUL SACK, Peace Corps Country Director in Tanzania 1966-67; Peace Corps Washington 1968-69