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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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Been in the Storm So Long
The Aftermath of Slavery
Written by Leon F. Litwack


Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 1980
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-74398-1 (0-394-74398-9)

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award

Based on hitherto unexamined sources: interviews with ex-slaves, diaries and accounts by former slaveholders, this “rich and admirably written book” (Eugene Genovese, The New York Times Book Review) aims to show how, during the Civil War and after Emancipation, blacks and whites... Read more >
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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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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 >
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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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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 >
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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 >
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At the Dark End of the Street
Black Women, Rape, and Resistance--A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power
Written by Danielle L. McGuire


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 7, 2010
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-26906-5 (0-307-26906-X)

Winner of the Frederick Jackson Turner Award

In a supposedly solitary, spontaneous act, Rosa Parks sparked the 1955 bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama, which gave birth to the civil rights movement. Parks is often described as an unassuming woman whose fatigue caused her to defy the Jim Crow laws. The truth of... Read more >
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The Pillar of Salt

Written by Albert Memmi


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 1, 1992
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8327-7 (0-8070-8327-5)

A semi-autobiographical novel about a young boy growing up in French colonized Tunisia.

“His father an Italian Jew, his mother a Berber, Benillouche struggles on the tattered fringe of the Tunisian ghetto for the very air he breathes. . . . A mature, thoughtful book.” -The New York Times Read more >

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Among Chimpanzees
Field Notes from the Race to Save Our Endangered Relatives
Written by Nancy J. Merrick
Foreword by Jane Goodall


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 17, 2014
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8490-8 (0-8070-8490-5)

Unbeknownst to much of the public, chimps are in trouble: censuses show them to be extinct in four African countries and nearly so in ten others. A large percentage of the remaining populations live in unprotected, increasingly fragmented forests.
 
When Nancy Merrick learned these startling facts in 2009, she decided it... Read more >
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The Idealist
Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty
Written by Nina Munk


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 7, 2014
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2942-4 (0-7679-2942-X)

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
BloombergForbesThe Spectator

In 2006, Jeffrey Sachs—celebrated economist, special advisor to the Secretary General of the United Nations, and author of the influential bestseller The End of Poverty— launched the Millennium Villages Project, a daring, $120-million experiment designed to... Read more >
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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 >
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Santeria
African Spirits in America
Written by Joseph M. Murphy


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 1, 1993
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1021-1 (0-8070-1021-9)

Santería represents the first in-depth, scholarly account of a profound way of wisdom that is growing in importance in America today. A professional academic and himself a participant in the Santería community of the Bronx for several years, Joseph Murphy offers a powerful description and insightful analysis of this African/Cuban religion... Read more >
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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 >
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Nairobi Heat

Written by Mukoma Wa Ngugi


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Melville International Crime
On Sale: September 13, 2011
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-935554-64-6 (1-935554-64-6)

For fans of smart foreign crime books, an action-packed crime story in an unusual setting–Kenya–and rooted in fascinating African history

In Madison, Wisconsin, it’s a big deal when African peace activist Joshua Hakizimana–famous for saving hundreds of people from the Rwandan genocide–accepts a position at the university. Then a young girl is... Read more >
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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 >
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Journey to the Vanished City
The Search for a Lost Tribe of Israel
Written by Tudor Parfitt


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 4, 2000
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72454-1 (0-375-72454-0)

In a mixture of travel, adventure, and scholarship, historian Tudor Parfitt sets out in search of answers to a fascinating ethnological puzzle: is the Lemba tribe of Southern Africa really one of the lost tribes of Israel, descended from King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba?

Beginning in the Lemba villages in... 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 >
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A New World Order
Essays
Written by Caryl Phillips


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 30, 2002
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71403-0 (0-375-71403-0)

The Africa of his ancestry, the Caribbean of his birth, the Britain of his upbringing, and the United States where he now lives are the focal points of award-winning writer Caryl Phillips’ profound inquiry into evolving notions of home, identity, and belonging in an increasingly international society.

At once deeply reflective and... Read more >
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The Unspoken Alliance
Israel's Secret Relationship with Apartheid South Africa
Written by Sasha Polakow-Suransky


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 14, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38850-6 (0-307-38850-6)

A revealing account of how Israel’s booming arms industry and apartheid South Africa’s international isolation led to a secretive military partnership between two seemingly unlikely allies.

Prior to the Six-Day War, Israel was a darling of the international left: socialist idealists like David Ben-Gurion and Golda Meir vocally opposed apartheid and built... 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: $21.00
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 >
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Africa
A Biography of the Continent
Written by John Reader


Format: Trade Paperback, 816 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 7, 1999
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73869-5 (0-679-73869-X)

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

From the primeval cataclysms that formed the continent to the civil wars and genocide that ravage it today--a work of startling grandeur and scope that provides a remarkable panoramic history of Africa, by a deeply intelligent writer who has spent most of his... Read more >

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Between Man and Beast
An Unlikely Explorer and the African Adventure that Took the Victorian World by Storm
Written by Monte Reel


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 3, 2013
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-74243-8 (0-307-74243-1)

In 1856, Paul Du Chaillu ventured into the African jungle in search of a mythic beast, the gorilla. After wild encounters with vicious cannibals, deadly snakes, and tribal kings, Du Chaillu emerged with 20 preserved gorilla skins—two of which were stuffed and brought on tour—and walked smack dab into the biggest... Read more >
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