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Extraordinary, Ordinary People
A Memoir of Family
Written by Condoleezza Rice


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: October 11, 2011
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-88847-1 (0-307-88847-9)

"Former secretary of state Rice only briefly treats her tenure during the second Bush administration in favor of a straightforward, reverential chronicle of her upbringing under two teachers in the segregated Deep South. Rice acknowledges upfront the complicated, intertwined history of blacks and whites in America, which lent a lightening of... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Color Complex (Revised)
The Politics of Skin Color in a New Millennium
Written by Kathy Russell, Midge Wilson, Ph.D. and Ronald Hall


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 8, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-74423-4 (0-307-74423-X)

This classic book on race and sociology was the first to discuss color discrimination within the African-American community. First published in 1992, it is now updated for the first time in two decades.

In 1992, journalist Kathy Russell, along with academics Midge Wilson and Ronald Hall, took on the subject of... 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 >
Also available as 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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Emma's War

Written by Deborah Scroggins


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 10, 2004
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70377-5 (0-375-70377-2)

Tall, striking, and adventurous to a fault, young British relief worker Emma McCune came to Sudan determined to make a difference in a country decimated by the longest-running civil war in Africa. She became a near legend in the bullet-scarred, famine-ridden country, but her eventual marriage to a rebel warlord made... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Wildflower
An Extraordinary Life and Mysterious Death in Africa
Written by Mark Seal


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: July 13, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7909-1 (0-8129-7909-5)

Wildflower is a compelling work of narrative nonfiction in which the shocking death of a dedicated environmentalist becomes a broader story of a beautiful, breathtaking country in peril.

In January 2006, Joan Root, a sixty-nine-year-old naturalist, Oscar-nominated wildlife filmmaker, and staunch conservationist, was murdered by two masked men armed with an AK-47... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Somebody's Heart Is Burning
A Woman Wanderer in Africa
Written by Tanya Shaffer


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 13, 2003
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3259-4 (1-4000-3259-8)

“It’s my life, and if I want to run from it I can,” quips Tanya Shaffer. An incorrigible wanderer, Shaffer has a habit of fleeing domesticity for the joys and rigors of the open road. This time her destination is Ghana, and what results is a transformative year spent roaming the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Before the Knife

Written by Carolyn Slaughter


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 13, 2003
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71346-0 (0-375-71346-8)

In this unforgettable memoir, acclaimed novelist Carolyn Slaughter recalls her childhood in Africa and how the land itself released her from a rage that threatened to destroy her.

For Carolyn Slaughter, who grew up in Botswana in the 1950s, it was the Kalahari Desert that made life bearable. Her father was a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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How the Great Pyramid Was Built

Written by Craig Smith
Afterword by Mark Lehner
Foreword by Zahi Hawass


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 17, 2004
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-200-3 (1-58834-200-X)

Going beyond even the expertise of archaeologists and historians, world-class engineer Craig B. Smith explores the planning and engineering behind the incredible Great Pyramid of Giza. How would the ancient Egyptians have developed their building plans, devised work schedules, managed laborers, solved specific design and engineering problems, or even improvised on... Read more >

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Ake
The Years of Childhood
Written by Wole Soyinka


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 23, 1989
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72540-4 (0-679-72540-7)

Winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Non-fiction

Soyinka tells the story of his boyhood, before and during World War II, in a western Nigerian town called Ake.

“Unquestionably Africa’s most versatile writer and arguably her finest.” —New York Times Book Review

“A brilliant imagist who uses poetry and drama to convey his... Read more >

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You Must Set Forth at Dawn
A Memoir
Written by Wole Soyinka


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: March 13, 2007
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75514-9 (0-375-75514-4)

The first African to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature, as well as a political activist of prodigious energies, Wole Soyinka now follows his modern classic Ake: The Years of Childhood with an equally important chronicle of his turbulent life as an adult in (and in exile from) his beloved, beleaguered... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Outcasts United
An American Town, a Refugee Team, and One Woman's Quest to Make a Difference
Written by Warren St. John


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: December 1, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52204-5 (0-385-52204-5)

Selected for Common Reading at:
Agnes Scott College
Andrew College
Baker University
Baldwin Wallace College
Bismarck State College
Butler University
Castleton State College
Central Ohio Technical College
Columbus State University
Ellington High School
Florida Gulf Coast University
Fort Lewis College
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia State University
Hollins University
Holy Cross High School, Burlington, NJ
Johnson and Wales University
Johnson State College
Kennesaw State University
La Jolla Country Day School
McMurry University
Middle... Read more >

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Mandela's Way
Lessons on Life, Love, and Courage
Written by Richard Stengel
Preface by Nelson Mandela


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Crown Archetype
On Sale: March 30, 2010
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-46068-4 (0-307-46068-1)

We long for heroes and have too few. Nelson Mandela is the closest thing the world has to a secular saint. He liberated a country from a system of violent prejudice and helped unite oppressor and oppressed in a way that had never been done before.

Now Time magazine editor Rick Stengel... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Stringer
A Reporter's Journey in the Congo
Written by Anjan Sundaram


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: January 7, 2014
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-53775-9 (0-385-53775-1)

In the powerful travel-writing tradition of Ryszard Kapuscinski and V.S. Naipaul, a haunting memoir of a dangerous and disorienting year of self-discovery in one of the world's unhappiest countries.

"Books by journalists usually keep the focus outward, but Sundaram has more of a novelist's interior sensibility and a talent for describing anxiety... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Facing the Congo
A Modern-Day Journey into the Heart of Darkness
Written by Jeffrey Tayler


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: October 9, 2001
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-609-80826-9 (0-609-80826-5)

Faced with an identity crisis in his work and his life, seasoned traveler and journalist Jeffrey Tayler made a bold decision. He would leave behind his mundane existence in Moscow to re-create the legendary British explorer Henry Stanley’s trip down the Congo in a dugout canoe, stocked with food, medicine, and... Read more >

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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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The Harmless People

Written by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 23, 1989
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72446-9 (0-679-72446-X)

In the 1950s Thomas became one of the first Westerners to live with the Bushmen of the Kalahari desert in Botswana and South-West Africa. Her account of these nomadic hunter-gatherers, whose way of life had remained unchanged for thousands of years, is a groundbreaking work of anthropology, remarkable not only for... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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Flash of the Spirit
African & Afro-American Art & Philosophy
Written by Robert Farris Thompson


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 1984
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-72369-3 (0-394-72369-4)

This landmark book shows how five African civilizations—Yoruba, Kongo, Ejagham, Mande, and Cross River—have informed and are reflected in aesthetic, social, and metaphysical traditions (music, sculpture, textiles, architecture, religion, idiogrammatic writing) in the United States, the Caribbean, and South America.

“A wonderfully enthusiastic book.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Centuries of racist assumptions... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Saving the White Lions
One Woman's Battle for Africa's Most Sacred Animal
Written by Linda Tucker
Foreword by Andrew Harvey


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: May 7, 2013
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-605-3 (1-58394-605-5)

In this memoir, white lion conservationist Linda Tucker describes her perilous struggle to protect the sacred white lion from the trophy-hunting industry, armed only with her indomitable spirit and total devotion.

Her story begins in 1991 with a heart-stopping misadventure in the Timbavati Reserve of South Africa. Tucker–then a successful... 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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No Future Without Forgiveness

Written by Desmond Tutu


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: October 17, 2000
Price: $16.99
ISBN: 978-0-385-49690-2 (0-385-49690-7)

The establishment of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission was a pioneering international event. Never had any country sought to move forward from despotism to democracy both by exposing the atrocities committed in the past and achieving reconciliation with its former oppressors. At the center of this unprecedented attempt at healing... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Rainbow People of God

Written by Desmond Tutu


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: August 1, 1996
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-48374-2 (0-385-48374-0)

The Rainbow People of God traces South Africa's glorious victory over apartheid in the writings and speeches of one of its central figures, Archbishop Desmond Tutu. From the graveside of Steven Biko to the triumphant inauguration of Nelson Mandela as President of South Africa, Tutu's words and presence helped shape events... Read more >

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They Came Before Columbus
The African Presence in Ancient America
Written by Ivan Van Sertima


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: September 23, 2003
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6817-0 (0-8129-6817-4)

This is the first anthropological study to place African explorers in the New World centuries before Columbus. Ivan Van Sertima, professor of Afro-American studies at Rutgers University, reveals a compelling, dramatic, and superbly detailed documentation of the presence and legacy of Black Americans in Ancient America.

Examining navigation and shipbuilding, cultural analogies... Read more >
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