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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Challenge for Africa

Written by Wangari Maathai


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 19, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-39028-8 (0-307-39028-4)

The troubles of Africa today are severe and wide-ranging. Yet, too often, they are portrayed by the media in extreme terms connoting poverty, dependence, and desperation. Here Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and founder of the Green Belt Movement, offers a refreshingly unique perspective on these challenges, even as she... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Challenge for Africa

Written by Wangari Maathai


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: April 7, 2009
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-37740-1 (0-307-37740-7)

Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and founder of the Green Belt Movement, offers a refreshingly unique perspective on the challenges facing Africa, even as she calls for a moral revolution among Africans themselves, who, she argues, are culturally deracinated, adrift between worlds.

The troubles of Africa today are severe and wide-ranging... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Saviors and Survivors
Darfur, Politics, and the War on Terror
Written by Mahmood Mamdani


Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: March 17, 2009
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-37723-4 (0-307-37723-7)

From the author of the highly praised Good Muslim, Bad Muslim, the first analysis of the crisis in Darfur that considers the events of the last few years within the broad context of the history of Sudan, as well as examines the efficacy of the world’s response to the crisis.
Illuminating... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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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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The Idealist
Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty
Written by Nina Munk


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: September 10, 2013
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-52581-7 (0-385-52581-8)

A powerful portrayal of Jeffrey Sachs's ambitious quest to end global poverty

"The poor you will always have with you," to cite the Gospel of Matthew 26:11. Jeffrey Sachs—celebrated economist, special advisor to the Secretary General of the United Nations, and author of the influential bestseller The End of Poverty—disagrees. In his... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Masque of Africa
Glimpses of African Belief
Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-45499-7 (0-307-45499-1)

A remarkable work of reportage by Nobel Prize Laureate V. S. Naipaul that surveys belief and religion among the disparate peoples of Africa.

Like all of Naipaul’s “travel” books, The Masque of Africa encompasses a much larger narrative and purpose: to judge the effects of belief (in indigenous animisms, the foreign religions... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Damned Nations
Greed, Guns, Armies, and Aid
Written by Samantha Nutt


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Signal
On Sale: October 25, 2011
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-7710-5145-6 (0-7710-5145-X)

For readers of Christopher Hedges, Robert Fisk, and Christopher Hitchens, an extraordinary humanitarian gives us a bracing and uncompromising account of her work in some of the most devastated corners of the world -- and a new and provocative vision for changing course on our growing militarization.

In 1995, twenty-five-year-old Samantha Nutt... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Dreams from My Father
A Story of Race and Inheritance
Written by Barack Obama


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: August 10, 2004
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-8277-3 (1-4000-8277-3)

Selected for Common Reading at LaGuardia Community College, Quinnipiac University, Southern Methodist University, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Washington, Xavier University of Louisiana, and others.

In this lyrical, unsentimental, and compelling memoir, the son of a black African father and a white American mother searches... Read more >

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Stolen Images
Lumumba and the Early Films of Raoul Peck
Written by Raoul Peck
Translated by Catherine Temerson
Foreword by Bertrand Tavernier


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: April 10, 2012
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-393-3 (1-60980-393-0)

Among today’s leading filmmakers, none brings to the screen such a deep awareness of how power is channeled from First to Third World societies, or exhibits such great human sensitivity, as Raoul Peck, whose seminal film Lumumba, and three other early feature and documentary screenplays, are collected here for the first... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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The Enough Moment
Fighting to End Africa's Worst Human Rights Crimes
Written by John Prendergast and Don Cheadle


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: September 7, 2010
Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-46482-8 (0-307-46482-2)

In their New York Times bestseller, Not On Our Watch, human rights activist John Prendergast and Oscar-nominated actor Don Cheadle focused the world’s attention on genocide in Sudan by offering readers strategies on how to take action to end the tragedies. Now this duo is back with a continued call to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Disintegration
The Splintering of Black America
Written by Eugene Robinson


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: October 5, 2010
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-52654-8 (0-385-52654-7)

From Pulitzer Prize–winning columnist and commentator Eugene Robinson comes a paradigm-shifting book about race in America.

The African American population in the United States has always been seen as a single entity: a “Black America” with unified interests and needs. In his groundbreaking book Disintegration, longtime Washington Post journalist Eugene Robinson... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Inheritance
The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power
Written by David E. Sanger


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: January 12, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-40793-1 (0-307-40793-4)

Readers of The New York Times know David Sanger as one of the most trusted correspondents in Washington, one to whom presidents, secretaries of state, and foreign leaders talk with unusual candor. Now, with a historian’s sweep and an insider’s eye for telling detail, Sanger delivers an urgent intelligence briefing on... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Madiba A to Z
The Many Faces of Nelson Mandela
Written by Danny Schechter


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: November 26, 2013
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60980-559-3 (1-60980-559-3)

From the makers of the major motion picture Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, a completely unique biography and thematic telling of the story of Nelson Mandela.  This book, which provided key source material for the film, is an unexpurgated collection of the views and opinions of South Africa’s first Black president, and it draws on... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Madiba A to Z
The Many Faces of Nelson Mandela
Written by Danny Schechter


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: November 26, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-557-9 (1-60980-557-7)

From the makers of the major motion picture Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, a completely unique biography and thematic telling of the story of Nelson Mandela.  This book, which provided key source material for the film, is an unexpurgated collection of the views and opinions of South Africa’s first Black president, and it draws on... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Captive Passage
The Transatlantic Slave Trade and the Making of the Americas
Edited by The Mariners Museum


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: April 17, 2002
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-017-7 (1-58834-017-1)

This important book considers a number of different aspects of the slave trade: its social and economic basis, why many African leaders facilitated the slave trade, and how enslaved African Americans forged their own cultures and forever changed the Americas. The physical, social, and enduring emotional meaning of the Middle Passage... Read more >

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A History of Egypt
From Earliest Times to the Present
Written by Jason Thompson


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 1, 2009
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-47352-3 (0-307-47352-X)

In A History of Egypt, Jason Thompson has written the first one-volume work to encompass all 5,000 years of Egyptian history, highlighting the surprisingly strong connections between the ancient land of the Pharaohs and the modern-day Arab nation.

No country's past can match Egypt's in antiquity, richness, and variety. However, it... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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God Has a Dream
A Vision of Hope for Our Time
Written by Desmond Tutu


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: April 26, 2005
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-48371-1 (0-385-48371-6)

Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu has long been admired for the heroism and grace he exhibited while encouraging countless South Africans in their struggle for human rights. In God Has a Dream, Tutu shares the spiritual message that guided him through those troubled times. Drawing on personal and historical examples, Archbishop Tutu... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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I Refuse to Die
My Journey For Freedom
Written by Koigi Wa Wamwere
Foreword by Kerry Kennedy and Nan Richardson


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: November 4, 2003
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-615-5 (1-58322-615-X)

An extraordinary account of how a laborer’s son rose to challenge the power of despots, I Refuse to Die is both the autobiography of one gifted man who rose above the horrors of colonization, and an uncensored history of modern Kenya. The book is infused with the freedom songs of the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Negative Ethnicity
From Bias to Genocide
Written by Koigi Wa Wamwere


Format: Trade Paperback, 80 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: August 5, 2003
Price: $10.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-576-9 (1-58322-576-5)

“Negative ethnicity” is Koigi wa Wamwere’s name for the deep-seated tensions in Africa that the world has seen flare so terrifyingly. The genocide in Rwanda and “ethnic” killing in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, and elsewhere stand out as examples. Wa Wamwere argues that these clashes cannot properly be described... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Overcoming Speechlessness
A Poet Encounters the Horror in Rwanda, Eastern Congo, and Palestine/Israel
Written by Alice Walker


Format: Trade Paperback, 64 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: April 6, 2010
Price: $9.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-917-0 (1-58322-917-5)

In 2006, Alice Walker, working with Women for Women International, visited Rwanda and the eastern Congo to witness the aftermath of the genocide in Kigali. Invited by Code Pink, an antiwar group working to end the Iraq War, Walker traveled to Palestine/Israel three years later to view the devastation on the... Read more >
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Deadly Monopolies
The Shocking Corporate Takeover of Life Itself--And the Consequences for Your Health and Our Medical Future
Written by Harriet A. Washington


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 13, 2012
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-3123-6 (0-7679-3123-8)

From the award-winning author of Medical Apartheid, an exposé of the rush to own and exploit the raw materials of life—including yours.

Think your body is your own to control and dispose of as you wish? Think again. The United States Patent Office has granted at least 40,000 patents on genes controlling... Read more >
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