Liberia: Uncle Shad Forever?

In Monrovia last week William Vacanarat Shadrach Tubman, 68, was inaugurated President of Liberia for the fifth time. Almost each inauguration has given a landmark to the country—a monument here, an assembly hall there. This time, 2,000 workers, about a fifth of Monrovia's labor force, and 150 foreign technicians have been working against time to complete the new executive mansion.

The eight-story "Dream Mansion," as Liberians proudly call it, has an atomic-bomb shelter, an underground swimming pool, a private chapel, a trophy room, a cinema, a strong room large enough to hold all the gold in Africa, and a kitchen...

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