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African Voices of the Atlantic Slave Trade
Beyond the Silence and the Shame
Written by Anne Bailey


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 1, 2006
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-5513-7 (0-8070-5513-1)

“It’s an awful story. It’s an awful story. Why do you want to bring this up now?”--Chief Awusa of Atorkor

For centuries, the story of the Atlantic slave trade has been filtered through the eyes and records of white Europeans. In this watershed book, historian Anne C. Bailey focuses on memories of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Twist of Faith
An American Christian's Quest to Help Orphans in Africa
Written by John Donnelly


Format: Hardcover, 200 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: July 10, 2012
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0132-5 (0-8070-0132-5)

American Christians, veteran reporter John Donnelly has discovered, are an ever-increasing source of aid in Africa, with some experts estimating that U.S. churches supply more resources to Africa than USAID. In A Twist of Faith, he tells the unlikely story of how faith and determination compelled one such American Christian to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Hope for Africa
Voices from Around the World
Edited by June Eding


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Hatherleigh Press
On Sale: June 28, 2011
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-1-57826-308-0 (1-57826-308-5)

Organizations involved in the myriad causes related to Africa were asked a seemingly simple question: “Why save Africa?” The result is a collection of compelling perspectives from around the world.

Why Save Africa? is made up of short essays from large, internationally recognized non-profits; small grassroots charities; and everything in between... Read more >

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The Obamas
The Untold Story of an African Family
Written by Peter Firstbrook


Format: Trade Paperback, 360 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: February 8, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-59141-8 (0-307-59141-7)

"Fascinating...adds many interesting details to what we know of the President’s heritage."
--David Remnick, TheNewYorker.com

On January 20, 2009, a few hundred men, women, and children gathered under trees in the twilight at K’obama, a village on the shores of Lake Victoria in western Kenya. Barack Obama’s rise to the American presidency had... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Mimi and Toutou's Big Adventure
The Bizarre Battle of Lake Tanganyika
Written by Giles Foden


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 14, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7526-3 (1-4000-7526-2)

The Whitbread Award-winning author of The Last King of Scotland brings his extensive knowledge of Africa to his first work of nonfiction: the incredible true story that inspired the classic film The African Queen.

When the First World War breaks out, the British navy is committed to engaging the enemy wherever there... Read more >
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A Continent for the Taking
The Tragedy and Hope of Africa
Written by Howard W. French


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 12, 2005
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3027-9 (1-4000-3027-7)

In A Continent for the Taking Howard W. French, a veteran correspondent for The New York Times, gives a compelling firsthand account of some of Africa’s most devastating recent history–from the fall of Mobutu Sese Seko, to Charles Taylor’s arrival in Monrovia, to the genocide in Rwanda and the Congo that... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Wonders of the African World

Written by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: January 16, 2001
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70948-7 (0-375-70948-7)

The Companion Volume to the PBS Television Series

Wonders of the African World is an exuberant, visually stunning journey across Africa and through the history of its glorious but forgotten civilizations.

Traveling by camel, by dhow, by Land Cruiser, and on foot, the renowned scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., takes us to twelve... Read more >

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Reflections on Nelson Mandela

Written by Antoinette Haselhorst


Format: Trade Paperback, 180 pages
Publisher: Titan Books
On Sale: January 17, 2012
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-85768-530-8 (0-85768-530-9)

The world’s most universally admired politician is celebrated in words and images that span the globe. Internationally renowned photographer Antoinette Haselhorst has captured Nelson Mandela on camera on numerous occasions. This unique book is a reflection on the man himself, and his significance on the global stage.

Haselhorst combines her outstanding... Read more >

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Nelson Mandela
The Unconquerable Soul
Written by Lewis Helfand
Illustrated by Sankha Banerjee


Format: Trade Paperback, 120 pages
Publisher: Campfire
On Sale: January 17, 2012
Price: $12.99
ISBN: 978-93-80741-16-1 (93-80741-16-2)

Best Graphic Novel of 2011, Comicon India

In 1948, justice and equality were outlawed in the country of South Africa. The people needed one voice to speak up when the world fell silent. They needed one leader to stand up when the world looked away. One man answered that call; one man... Read more >

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A Savage War of Peace
Algeria 1954-1962
Written by Alistair Horne


Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: October 10, 2006
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-218-6 (1-59017-218-3)

Although war was never formally declared, the Algerian War lasted from 1954 to 1962. It caused six French governments to fall, led to the collapse of the Fourth Republic, brought De Gaulle back to power, and came close to provoking a civil war on French soil. More than a million Muslim... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Somalis in Maine
Crossing Cultural Currents
Afterword by Ahmed I. Samatar
Edited by Kimberly A. Huisman, Mazie Hough, Kristin M. Langellier and Carol Nordstrom Toner


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: June 7, 2011
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-55643-926-1 (1-55643-926-1)

Lewiston, a mill town of about thirty-six thousand people, is the second-largest city in Maine. It is also home to some three thousand Somali refugees. After initially being resettled in larger cities elsewhere, Somalis began to arrive in Lewiston by the dozens, then the hundreds, after hearing stories of Maine’s attractions... Read more >

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The Night Wanderers
Uganda's Children and the Lord's Resistance Army
Written by Wojciech Jagielski
Translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: February 21, 2012
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-350-6 (1-60980-350-7)

On an average night in northern Uganda, tens of thousands of children head for the city centers to avoid capture by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). They find refuge on the floors of aid agencies or in the streets. In recent years, the civil society was almost completely destroyed by the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Looking for Lovedu
A Woman's Journey Through Africa
Written by Ann Jones


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 9, 2002
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70533-5 (0-375-70533-3)

The adventure began when a young British photographer, Kevin Muggleton, suggested driving from one end of Africa to the other–“You know, the old ‘Cape to Cairo’ sort of thing.” For the renowned feminist writer Ann Jones, it soon became an expedition with a mission: to find the legendary Lovedu, a tribe... Read more >
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The Emperor

Written by Ryszard Kapuscinski


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 13, 1989
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72203-8 (0-679-72203-3)

Haile Selassie reigned as Emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 until he was overthrown by the army in 1974.  Based on interviews with Selassie's servants and closest associates, this is Kapuscinski's fascinating account of Selassie, his Byzantine court, and his eventual downfall.  Perhaps one of the greatest anatomies of power and its delusions ever... Read more >

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The Shadow of the Sun

Written by Ryszard Kapuscinski


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 9, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77907-0 (0-679-77907-8)

In 1957, Ryszard Kapuscinski arrived in Africa to witness the beginning of the end of colonial rule as the first African correspondent of Poland's state newspaper. From the early days of independence in Ghana to the ongoing ethnic genocide in Rwanda, Kapuscinski has crisscrossed vast distances pursuing the swift, and often... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Parting the Desert
The Creation of the Suez Canal
Written by Zachary Karabell


Format: Trade Paperback, 328 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 11, 2004
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70812-1 (0-375-70812-X)

Award-winning historian Zachary Karabell tells the epic story of the greatest engineering feat of the nineteenth century—the building of the Suez Canal—and shows how it changed the world.

The dream was a waterway that would unite the East and the West, and the ambitious, energetic French diplomat and entrepreneur Ferdinand de Lesseps... Read more >
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The Africans

Written by David Lamb


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 12, 1987
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-75308-9 (0-394-75308-9)

This edition of Lamb's acclaimed 1983 book on sub-Saharan Africa contains an epilogue that covers events up to 1987 and includes a report on the author's visit to Ethiopia during the famine of the mid-1980s. Part travelogue, part contemporary history, it is a portrait of a continent that sometimes seems hell-bent... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Many-Headed Hydra
Sailors, Slaves, Commoners, and the Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic
Written by Peter Linebaugh and Marcus Rediker


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 3, 2013
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3317-3 (0-8070-3317-0)

Winner of the International Labor History Award

Long before the American Revolution and the Declaration of the Rights of Man, a motley crew of sailors, slaves, pirates, laborers, market women, and indentured servants had ideas about freedom and equality that would forever change history. The Many Headed-Hydra recounts their stories in a... Read more >
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Unbowed
A Memoir
Written by Wangari Maathai


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 4, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27520-2 (0-307-27520-5)

In Unbowed, Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai recounts her extraordinary journey from her childhood in rural Kenya to the world stage. When Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement in 1977, she began a vital poor people’s environmental movement, focused on the empowerment of women, that soon spread across Africa. Persevering through... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Mother to Mother

Written by Sindiwe Magona


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 15, 2000
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0949-9 (0-8070-0949-0)

Sindiwe Magona’s novel Mother to Mother explores the South African legacy of apartheid through the lens of a woman who remembers a life marked by oppression and injustice. Magona decided to write this novel when she discovered that Fulbright Scholar Amy Biehl, who had been killed while working to organize the... Read more >

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African Silences

Written by Peter Matthiessen


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 30, 1992
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73102-3 (0-679-73102-4)

African Silences is a powerful and sobering account of the cataclysmic depredation of the African landscape and its wildlife. Matthiessen explores the human lives oppressed by bankrupt political regimes and economies.  He finds an entire community threatened by ravaged land and wildlife, a catastrophe to which they have only begun to awaken.

"A... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Earth Matters
Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa
Written by Karen E. Milbourne
Contribution by Allan DeSouza, Clive van den Berg, Wangechi Mutu and George Osodi


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: The Monacelli Press
On Sale: November 12, 2013
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 978-1-58093-370-4 (1-58093-370-X)

Featuring more than 100 extraordinary works of art from 1800 to the present, Earth Matters reveals how African individuals and communities have visually mediated their most poignant relationships with the land–whether it be to earth as a sacred or medicinal material, as something uncovered by mining or claimed by burial, as a... Read more >

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The Middle Sea
A History of the Mediterranean
Written by John Julius Norwich


Format: Trade Paperback, 720 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 4, 2007
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3428-4 (1-4000-3428-0)

This lively and dramatic book brings roaring to life the grand sweep of 5,000 years of history in the cradle of civilization.

A wonderfullyillustrated account of the civilizations that rose and fell on the lands bordering the Mediterranean, The Middle Sea represents the culmination of a great historian’s unparalleled art and scholarship... Read more >
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Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting
Afro-Asian Connections and the Myth of Cultural Purity
Written by Vijay Prashad


Format: Trade Paperback, 232 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 18, 2002
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-5011-8 (0-8070-5011-3)

Selected as One of the Village Voice’s Favorite 25 Books of 2001

In this landmark work, historian Vijay Prashad refuses to engage the typical racial discussion that matches people of color against each other while institutionalizing the primacy of the white majority. Instead he examines more than five centuries of remarkable historical... Read more >

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Mandela
The Authorized Biography
Written by Anthony Sampson


Format: Trade Paperback, 736 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 12, 2000
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-78178-3 (0-679-78178-1)

The life of Nelson Mandela is one of the most extraordinary epics of the twentieth century. An almost-forgotten prisoner on Robben Island twenty years ago, apparently doomed to a helpless existence as a victim of apartheid, he not only survived but almost single-handedly saved South Africa from potential chaos, to become... Read more >
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