John Dramani Mahama is the vice president of Ghana and the author of a new memoir with one of the most eye-catching titles you'll see all year — My First Coup d'Etat: And Other True Stories from the Lost Decades of Africa.
The title refers to the 1966 military coup that overthrew Ghana's first president. Mahama was 7 years old, and his father, a minister in the government, was imprisoned for more than a year. Mahama tells NPR's Renee Montagne that Africa's "lost decades" lasted from the late 1960s to the 1980s, after the initial euphoria of independence passed.
While you're enjoying your coffee this morning, half a dozen scientists are already at work. They're not sitting at desks, however, but a few miles off the Florida Keys, 60 feet down on the ocean bottom.
Covey, a motivational speaker, died Monday in Idaho three months after a serious bicycle accident in Utah. He was 79.
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Stephen Covey speaks to students at the National Auditorium in Mexico City in September 2008. Covey's <em>The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People</em> has sold more than 25 million copies worldwide. Covey died Monday. He was 79.