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SMITHSONIAN JOURNEYS

From Gibraltar to Ghana's Gold Coast

READING AND TRAVEL GUIDE

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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

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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)

The Slave Trade

The Slave Trade

by James Walvin

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

Photographs, paintings and contemporary maps give insight into the reality and global impact of the transatlantic slave trade in this lively entry in the History Files series. (ATL38, $24.95)

Sahara Unveiled

Sahara Unveiled

by William Langewiesche

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 302 PAGES

Traveling across the Sahara from Algiers to Dakar, Langeweische has written an uncommonly good memoir of the desert, with meditations on its history, inhabitants and allure. (NAF05, $16.00)

Africa Map

Africa Map

by Globetrotter

  • 2013
  • 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)

 
Cadogan Guide Marrakesh, Fez and Rabat

Cadogan Guide Marrakesh, Fez and Rabat


by Barnaby Rogerson

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

This personal, comprehensive handbook combines Rogerson's insightful cultural and historical background with his savvy practical information and recommendations on what to see and where to stay and eat. (MRC50, $21.95)

Lonely Planet West Africa

Lonely Planet West Africa


by Lonely Planet

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 518 PAGES

This is the book to carry for travels from Mauritania to Niger, with both a good overview of culture and history and the usual Lonely Planet attention to practical travel information. (WAF10, $36.99)

Africa: Altered States, Ordinary Miracles

Africa: Altered States, Ordinary Miracles


by Richard Dowden

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 592 PAGES

Africa editor of The Independent and The Economist, Richard Dowden draws on decades of experience in this multi-faceted, vivid portrait of contemporary Africa -- an Africa that, Dowden effectively argues, can only be developed by its own people. (AFR242, $19.95)

The Atlantic World, A History, 1400-1888

The Atlantic World, A History, 1400-1888


by Donald R. Wright | Kris Lane | Jane Landers | Alison Games | Douglas R. Egerton

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 530 PAGES

Authored by five leading scholars, this scholarly, illustrated survey considers the dynamic relationships of Africa, Europe and the Americas over nearly 500 years of history. (OCE185, $49.95)

The Door of No Return

The Door of No Return


by William St. Clair

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

St. Clair draws on correspondence, government records, artifacts and ship logs for this intimate, absorbing history of Ghana's Cape Coast Castle and its role in the Atlantic Slave Trade. (WAF116, $15.95)

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 World and a Very Small Place in Africa

The World and a Very Small Place in Africa


by Donald R. Wright

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 319 PAGES

In this fascinating uncovering of the impact of globalization, Wright studies the settlement of Niumi, located at the mouth of the Gambia River in West Africa, considering how global events and history have affected this apparently sleepy backwater. (WAF170, $32.95)

African Art, An Introduction

African Art, An Introduction


by Frank Willett

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

A concise, well-illustrated overview of the art and culture of Africa, portraying the range of spectacular art produced throughout the ages. (AFR18, $21.95)

Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa

Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa


by Mungo Park

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

Park chronicles the culture, society and nature of West Africa before the colonial period in this classic account of a 24-year-old Scotsman exploring, often alone, in uncharted Africa. First published in 1799. (WAF40, $12.95)

Journey Without Maps

Journey Without Maps


by Graham Greene

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

A classic account of a 1930s journey of discovery from Sierra Leone to the Liberian coast. No one captures local personalities and complicated morality better than Graham Greene, who had a particular interest in West Africa. (WAF15, $16.00)

The Caliph's House, A Year in Casablanca

The Caliph's House, A Year in Casablanca


by Tahir Shah

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 343 PAGES

A great storyteller, of Afghan descent and English-raised, Shah leads us through Moroccan society and culture with deft portraits of ordinary neighbors and craftsmen as he and his wife transform a crumbling palace in old Casablanca. (MRC66, $16.00)

No Sweetness Here and Other Stories

No Sweetness Here and Other Stories


by Ama Ata Aidoo

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES

A collection of eleven short stories about the lives of women and men in postcolonial Ghana and the tensions between traditional village and urban life; Aidoo's stories emphasize Ghana's prominent oral culture. (WAF23, $14.95)

The Heart of The Matter

The Heart of The Matter


by Graham Greene

  • LITERATURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 255 PAGES

In Greene's masterpiece set in Sierra Leone, a good man is enmeshed in love, intrigue and evil. (WAF166, $16.00)

The Sheltering Sky

The Sheltering Sky


by Paul Bowles

  • LITERATURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 313 PAGES

Bowles' most famous work, by turns stark and transcendent, is a tale of three people whose lives unravel in the desert of North Africa. Originally published in 1949. (NAF09, $14.99)

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)

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