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Africa, a Biography of the Continent

Africa, a Biography of the Continent

by John Reader

  • HISTORY
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 816 PAGES

With the ease of a practiced journalist, Reader weaves a masterful and lively tale of the continent, from ancient cultures to modern times. Both authoritative and informal, this is a splendid introduction to all of Africa. (AFR49, $20.00)

Dark Star Safari

Dark Star Safari

by Paul Theroux

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 472 PAGES

Setting the tone for his odyssey from Cairo to the Cape, Theroux writes in the opening: "All news out of Africa is bad. It made me want to go there, though not for the horror, the hot spots, the massacre-and-earthquake stories you read in the newspaper; I wanted the pleasure of being in Africa again...I aimed to reinsert myself in the bundu, as we used to call the bush, and to wander the antique hinterland." (AFR131, $15.95)

Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales

Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales

by Nelson Mandela

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES
  • FAMILY

A team of folklorists, poets and authors present these wide-ranging, beautifully illustrated tales from all over the continent, including many traditional stories from Nelson Mandela's youth. (AFR135, $17.99)

Kingdon Pocket Guide to African Mammals

Kingdon Pocket Guide to African Mammals

by Jonathan Kingdon

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

A conveniently compact edition of Kingdon's gloriously illustrated Field Guide to African Mammals. Includes abbreviated information on identification, distribution, ecology and conservation status and 480 outstanding color illustrations and maps. (EAF128, $25.95)

Africa Map

Africa Map

by Globetrotter

  • 2012
  • MAP

This folded, full-color map shows the continent and surrounding islands, including the Arabian Peninsula, on a single sheet at 1:10,000.000. (AFR19, $9.95)

 
Africa Adventure Atlas

Africa Adventure Atlas


by National Geographic

  • REFERENCE
  • 2008
  • FLEXI-BOUND
  • 336 PAGES

This more than six-pound, oversize atlas includes regional and detailed maps, a section on national parks, a country-by-country overview, touring planner and 116 color maps of Africa and the islands of the Indian Ocean. (AFR144, $49.95)

Africa's Top Wildlife Countries

Africa's Top Wildlife Countries


by Mark W. Nolting

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER

Nolting's Safari and wildlife guide covers Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. (AFR298, $27.95)

A Continent for the Taking: The Tragedy and Hope of Africa

A Continent for the Taking: The Tragedy and Hope of Africa


by Howard W. French

  • HISTORY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 280 PAGES

A senior reporter for The New York Times, French mixes first-person journalism with historical research in this nuanced portrait of contemporary Africa, including his eyewitness accounts of the Rwandan genocide and an Ebola outbreak. (AFR188, $15.95)

Africa's Turn?

Africa's Turn?


by Edward Miguel

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2009
  • HARD COVER
  • 144 PAGES

Refreshingly optimistic, Berkeley economist Edward Miguel brings together nine experts on Africa and international development to respond to his observation that African nations are making modest but genuine recent gains in the standard of living and better government. (AFR240, $14.95)

African History, A Very Short Introduction


by Richard Rathbone | John Parker

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

From the ancient empires and European colonialists to modern-day politics. (AFR204, $11.95)

Black Ivory, Slavery in the British Empire


by James Walvin

  • HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 324 PAGES

The story of African slavery in the British colonies of the West Indies and North America is told with clarity and compassion in this classic history. (AFR289, $57.95)

King Leopold's Ghost, A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa

King Leopold's Ghost, A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa


by Adam Hochschild

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

An enthralling narrative of the 19th-century colonization of the Belgian Congo, written by an award-winning journalist. The focus of the book is Belgian King Leopold, who oversaw the colonization. (CAF08, $16.95)

The Fate of Africa

The Fate of Africa


by Martin Meredith

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 792 PAGES

Ambitious in scope, immensely readable -- and as big as a doorstop -- Martin Meredith's blockbuster country-by-country overview of the tumult in Africa since independence is now revised and updated to reflect recent events. (AFR154, $21.99)

The Masque of Africa, Glimpses of African Belief

The Masque of Africa, Glimpses of African Belief


by V. S. Naipaul

  • RELIGION
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 241 PAGES

Sacred places, spells and spirits are all of interest to Naipaul in this account of travels to Uganda, Ghana, Nigeria, the Ivory Coast, Gabon and South Africa in search of the complex interplay of local belief, Christianity and Islam in Sub-Saharan Africa. (AFR275, $16.00)

The Penguin Atlas of African History

The Penguin Atlas of African History


by Colin McEvedy

  • HISTORY
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

A clear, concise survey of the history of the continent, especially strong on exploration, as told in 60 maps and accompanying text. (AFR132, $18.00)

The Scramble for Africa

The Scramble for Africa


by Thomas Pakenham

  • HISTORY
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 738 PAGES

Absorbing and meticulously researched, this in-depth history of the Victorian land grab in 19th century Africa includes excellent portraits of the egomaniacal personalities who overran the continent. (AFR26, $23.99)

The Shadow of the Sun

The Shadow of the Sun


by Ryszard Kapuscinski | Klara Glowczewska

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 325 PAGES

The veteran journalist looks back on his three decade-long odyssey through Africa in this classic, remarkable memoir. Kapuscinski captures the impossible extremes of the continent, recounting its beauty and brutality with an unfailing generosity of spirit. (AFR88, $16.00)

A Labyrinth of Kingdoms, 10,000 Miles Through Islamic Africa

A Labyrinth of Kingdoms, 10,000 Miles Through Islamic Africa


by Stephen Kemper

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 432 PAGES

In this impressive true story, Steve Kemper shines a light on the travels of Heinrich Barth, who traveled 10,000 miles through North and Central Africa in the mid-19th century (AFR301, $28.95)

Into Africa, The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone

Into Africa, The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone


by Martin Dugard

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 340 PAGES

A nicely paced tale of the Scottish explorer and Stanley's headline-grabbing efforts to locate him. Dugard has done his homework well, drawing on a wide variety of sources to paint a lively and nuanced portrait of the two men. (AFR130, $16.00)

Chasing the Devil, A Journey Through Sub-Saharan Africa in the Footsteps of Graham Greene

Chasing the Devil, A Journey Through Sub-Saharan Africa in the Footsteps of Graham Greene


by Tim Butcher

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 336 PAGES

Using Graham Greene's 1936 Journey Without Maps as a guide, journalist Tim Butcher returns to war-torn Sierra Leone and Liberia in this engaging tale, mixing the author's own adventures with history and anecdote. (WAF156, $26.95)

North of South, An African Journey

North of South, An African Journey


by Shiva Naipaul

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1979
  • PAPER
  • 349 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

A sharp portrait of Africa, circa 1979. A brilliant and provocative observer, Naipaul meditates on the various peoples he encounters in Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia. The best, most insightful thing we've read about race relations in Africa. (EAF28, $17.00)

Say You're One of Them

Say You're One of Them


by Uwem Akpan

  • LITERATURE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 360 PAGES

Each of the five tales in this accomplished debut collection by the young Nigerian (Oprah picked it for her book club), ranging from Kenya to Rwanda and Ethiopia, focuses on the hardship and resilience of children in Africa. (AFR270, $14.99)

Wizard of the Crow


by Ngugi wa Thiong'o

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER

The epic, comic tale of the Free Republic of Aburiria, where a battle for control of black souls is fought by His High Mighty Excellency, an eponymous Wizard, a corrupt Christian Ministry and the Global Bank. (AFR220, $16.95)

Africa's Big Five

Africa's Big Five


by Gerald Hinde

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2005
  • HARD COVER
  • 144 PAGES

Bestseller. Gerald Hinde teamed up with colleagues William Taylor and Richard du Toit for this portrait of the lion, elephant, leopard, rhino and buffalo, featuring hundreds of color photographs by the accomplished trio. (AFR178, $39.95)

Eyes Over Africa

Eyes Over Africa


by Michael Poliza

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2007
  • HARD COVER
  • 408 PAGES

Poliza takes to the air in this second book, superbly illustrating the beauty and diversity of Africa in stunning low aerial photographs. (AFR205, $125.00)

Through the Eyes of the Gods, An Aerial Vision of Africa

Through the Eyes of the Gods, An Aerial Vision of Africa


by Robert Haas

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2005
  • HARD COVER
  • 207 PAGES

The topography, villages, wildlife, habitats and people across Africa as seen from a helicopter. (AFR177, $50.00)

African Birds, An Introduction to Familiar Species

African Birds, An Introduction to Familiar Species


by James Kavanaugh | Raymond Leung

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2000
  • PLASTIC CARD

A laminated fold-out guide illustrating almost 150 species of African birds. (AFR108, $6.95)

African Wildlife

African Wildlife


by James Kavanaugh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1999
  • PLASTIC CARD

Slip this laminated foldout guide in your pocket for quick reference in the field. (AFR109, $6.95)

National Audubon Society Field Guide to African Wildlife

National Audubon Society Field Guide to African Wildlife


by Bunny McBride | Duane Schlitter | Richard Estes | Peter Alden

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 988 PAGES

This comprehensive photo guide covers 850 birds, mammals and reptiles of Africa. With range maps and a good country-by-country overview of habitats and parks. (AFR25, $24.95)

The Safari Companion

The Safari Companion


by Richard Estes

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 459 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

An invaluable encyclopedic guide to Africa's mammals by a noted scientist, this perennial bestseller includes black-and-white drawings, an overview of each animal group and in-depth information. Written with the typical safari-goer in mind. (AFR06, $30.00)

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