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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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African Predators

Written by Gus Mills
Photographed by Martin Harvey


Format: Hardcover, 160 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 17, 2001
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-096-4 (1-56098-096-6)

Awarded AAUP’s 2002 Best of the Best: Books You Should Know About

From the sleek cheetah and the majestic lion to the oft-maligned hyena and opportunistic jackal, large carnivores reign supreme in the African wild. In African Predators, award-winning photographer Martin Harvey’s dramatic images complement biologist Gus Mills’s extensive field research to... Read more >

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Foreign Gods, Inc.

Written by Okey Ndibe


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Soho Press
On Sale: October 7, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-61695-458-1 (1-61695-458-2)

Foreign Gods, Inc. is a meditation on the dreams, promises and frustrations of the immigrant life in America; the nature and impact of religious conflicts; an examination of the ways in which modern culture creates or heightens infatuation with the “exotic,” including the desire to own strange objects and hanker after... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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No Mercy
A Journey to the Heart of the Congo
Written by Redmond O'Hanlon


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 30, 1998
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73732-2 (0-679-73732-4)

The most intrepid traveler since Stanley found Livingstone is on a literary journey so fraught with humor, discovery, and terror that it makes Heart of Darkness read like a drawing-room comedy. This time Redmond O’Hanlon is in the People’s Republic of the Congo, in search of the legendary dinosaur of Lake... 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 >
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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