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No Mercy, A Journey to the Heart of the Congo

No Mercy, A Journey to the Heart of the Congo

by Redmond O'Hanlon

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 462 PAGES

A trek deep into the Congo with Redmond O'Hanlon, the eccentric, courageous, always-entertaining modern adventurer. (CAF01, $15.95)

Among the Great Apes, Adventures on the Trail of Our Closest Relatives

Among the Great Apes, Adventures on the Trail of Our Closest Relatives

by Paul Raffaele

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 370 PAGES

Acclaimed nature journalist Raffaele's epic journey to survey the last remaining great apes living in the wild takes him from the orangutans of Borneo to the central African highlands where he gets up close with mountain gorillas, chimps and bonobos. (SCI306, $15.99)

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)

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)

Congo, The Bradt Travel Guide

Congo, The Bradt Travel Guide

by Sean Rorison

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

Bradt series is noted for publishing travel guides to remote and little-visited destinations, and this is no exception. This is the first full guidebook on both the Democratic Republic of Congo, formerly Zaire, and the Republic of Congo, also known as Congo-Brazzaville, in over a decade. (WAF125, $28.99)

Congo Map

Congo Map

by IGN

  • MAP

A map of Brazzaville and the Congo (1:1,000,000), which also shows portions of surrounding Gabon, Cameroon and ex-Zaire. (WAF04, $17.95)

 
Africa Map, Central and South, Madagascar 746

Africa Map, Central and South, Madagascar 746


by Michelin Travel Publications

  • 2007
  • MAP

This fine folded map covers the continent south of Gabon, Congo, Uganda and Kenya at a scale of 1:4,000,000. (AFR36, $12.95)

Cape Town and Region Adventure Map

Cape Town and Region Adventure Map


by National Geographic

  • 2010
  • MAP

This double-sided map includes Cape Town, Table Mountain National Park and other reserves south to Cape of Good Hope. (SAF161, $11.95)

Congo Democratic Republic (Zaire) Map

Congo Democratic Republic (Zaire) Map


by Cartographia

  • MAP

This shaded relief map of the Democrtatc Republic of Congo (1:3.3 M), Rwanda and Burundi includes an inset map of Kinshasa. (AFR60, $12.00)

South Africa Map

South Africa Map


by Globetrotter

  • 2014
  • MAP
  • HARD TO FIND ELSEWHERE

Detailed maps of Cape Town, the Garden Route, Kruger and other popular spots are featured on the reverse of this country map. (SAF09, $9.95)

Culture Smart! South Africa

Culture Smart! South Africa


by David Holt-Biddle

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

This handy guide will help you navigate local customs, etiquette and culture. (SAF169, $9.95)

Insight Guide South Africa

Insight Guide South Africa


by Insight Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

South Africa is brought to life in hundreds of color photographs and vividly written essays by a team of experts. Panoramic in scope, the guide takes us from Johannesburg out into the veld, providing genuine insight into the history, nature and modern politics of this complex land. (SAF21, $24.99)

Time Out Cape Town

Time Out Cape Town


by Time Out

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 280 PAGES

Compact, informative and lively, this outstanding guide covers where to go and what to do in Cape Town and surroundings. (SAF164, $19.95)

A History of South Africa

A History of South Africa


by Leonard Thompson

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 512 PAGES

A succinct history of South Africa, especially strong on early Africans and European colonization. (SAF101, $20.00)

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)

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)

Beyond the Miracle, Inside the New South Africa

Beyond the Miracle, Inside the New South Africa


by Allister Sparks

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 408 PAGES

The South African journalist (Tomorrow is Another Country), continues the tale of the transformation of South Africa and its accomplishments, failures and challenges in the decade following the collapse of apartheid. (SAF166, $20.00)

Dancing in the Glory of Monsters, The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa

Dancing in the Glory of Monsters, The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa


by Jason Stearns

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 380 PAGES

Stearns traces the collapse of the Congo and the great war of Africa through the experiences of those who engineered and perpetrated it. (CAF56, $16.99)

In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz, Living on the Brink of Disaster in Mobutu's Congo

In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz, Living on the Brink of Disaster in Mobutu's Congo


by Michela Wrong

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

This captivating book chronicles the rise and fall of Mobutu Sese Seko, the man who ruled Zaire for over 30 years through incompetence, violence and decadence. (CAF32, $14.99)

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)

Playing the Enemy, Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation

Playing the Enemy, Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation


by John Carlin

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 274 PAGES

Carlin vividly documents how Mandela used the 1995 Rugby World Cup to unite South Africa. (SAF240, $16.00)

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, $22.99)

The Making of Modern South Africa, Conquest, Apartheid, Democracy

The Making of Modern South Africa, Conquest, Apartheid, Democracy


by Nigel Worden

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 198 PAGES

This well-researched, readable primer covers South African history from colonial conquest to the end of apartheid and beyond, with an updated chapter focusing on 1994 to 2007. Worden is a professor of history at the University of Cape Town. (SAF222, $38.95)

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)

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)

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)

Through the Dark Continent, Volume 1

Through the Dark Continent, Volume 1


by Henry M. Stanley

  • EXPLORATION
  • 1988
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

A reprint of the original accounts of Henry Morton Stanley in Africa. (CAF06, $24.95)

African Silences

African Silences


by Peter Matthiessen

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 225 PAGES

In this narrative of Equatorial Africa, Matthiessen recounts several trips to The Gambia, Senegal, Zaire and the Congo Basin in search of rhinos, elephants and other endangered wildlife. (WAF36, $14.95)

Blood River, Retracing Stanley's Journey to Africa's Broken Heart

Blood River, Retracing Stanley's Journey to Africa's Broken Heart


by Tim Butcher

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

Correspondent for the Telegraph, Butcher retraces Stanley's 3,000-mile journey down the Congo in this harrowing, utterly absorbing and compassionate tale of hard travel through "the most daunting, backward country on earth." (AFR228, $16.00)

Bonobo Handshake

Bonobo Handshake


by Vanessa Woods

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 278 PAGES

Woods documents her work with her now husband Brian Hare at Lola Ya Bonobo Sanctuary outside Kinshasa in this candid, down-to-earth memoir. Winner of the 2011 Lowell Thomas Award for Best Travel Book. (CAF55, $16.00)

Conversations With Myself

Conversations With Myself


by Nelson Mandela

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 454 PAGES

Mandela draws on letters, notebooks, taped interviews and an unfinished sequel to Long Walk to Freedom for this new account of a remarkable life. (SAF313, $18.00)

East Along the Equator, A Journey Up the Congo and into Zaire

East Along the Equator, A Journey Up the Congo and into Zaire


by Helen Winternitz

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1987
  • PAPER
  • 274 PAGES

An account of travels and politics in Zaire along the same route described in the Heart of Darkness. (CAF28, $14.00)

Facing the Congo, A Modern-Day Journey into the Heart of Darkness

Facing the Congo, A Modern-Day Journey into the Heart of Darkness


by Jeffrey Taylor

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 260 PAGES

In this richly oberved travelogue Taylor, a journalist based in Moscow, recounts his adventures on the Congo in the footsteps of Stanley. (CAF10, $16.00)

Long Walk to Freedom

Long Walk to Freedom


by Nelson Mandela

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 640 PAGES

An unpretentious tale of an extraordinary life, Mandela's autobiography is essential reading for an understanding of South Africa. His grace and his love for his country shine throughout. (SAF15, $18.00)

My Traitor's Heart

My Traitor's Heart


by Rian Malan

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 425 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Afrikaner journalist Malan recounts his journey back to his homeland just before the collapse of apartheid. He grapples with the black and white heart of South Africa, drawing on the 300-year history of his family in Africa and legends of the Zulu nation, in this beautifully written and brutally honest story of return. (SAF19, $15.00)

No Future Without Forgiveness

No Future Without Forgiveness


by Desmond Tutu

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Winner of the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize, Desmond Tutu writes with insight and compassion in this memoir of his work for reconciliation in post-apartheid South Africa. (SAF97, $16.99)

A Bend in the River

A Bend in the River


by V.S. Naipaul

  • LITERATURE
  • 1989
  • PAPER

In this fine novel of displacement Naipaul, with his trademark restraint, tells the story of Salim, an Indian merchant who finds himself trapped in an African town disintegrating under the rule of a charismatic dictator, a double for Zaire's then leader Mobutu Sese Seko. (AFR133, $15.95)

Beethoven Was One-Sixteenth Black

Beethoven Was One-Sixteenth Black


by Nadine Gordimer

  • LITERATURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

The Nobel Prize winner daringly explores racial identity, sexuality and loss in this latest, marvelous collection of South African tales. (SAF221, $14.00)

Cry, The Beloved Country

Cry, The Beloved Country


by Alan Paton

  • LITERATURE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 317 PAGES

The deeply moving story of Reverend Kumalo's quest for justice. First published in 1948, it is a striking, poetic tribute to the power of the individual and a trenchant indictment of apartheid. (SAF30, $16.00)

Heart of Darkness, with Congo Diary

Heart of Darkness, with Congo Diary


by Joseph Conrad

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 136 PAGES

One of the century's most important works, this short story tells of the harrowing journey Marlow takes into the Belgian ongo. (AFR46, $11.00)

Life & Times of Michael K

Life & Times of Michael K


by J.M. Coetzee

  • LITERATURE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 184 PAGES

Coetzee sets this short, hallucinatory novel, the powerful tale of a troubled boy, in South Africa in the midst of civil war. (SAF17, $14.00)

My Mother's Lovers

My Mother's Lovers


by Christopher Hope

  • LITERATURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 442 PAGES

Set mostly in South Africa, from the 1800s to the present, Hope dramatizes the European encounter in 20th-century Africa with this outsized tale of Kathleen Healey -- aviator, big game hunter, knitting devotee and all-around adventurer. "Kick off your shoes, pour yourself a stiff drink and take your hat off to the elder statesman of southern African words--he's done it again," says Alexandra Fuller. (SAF239, $15.00)

South Africa, A Traveler's Literary Companion

South Africa, A Traveler's Literary Companion


by Isabel Balseiro | Tobias Hecht

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 239 PAGES

This diverse collection of short stories reveals South Africa through the eyes of its writers, including Nadine Gordimer, J.M. Coetzee and Alan Paton. (SAF236, $14.95)

The Poisonwood Bible

The Poisonwood Bible


by Barbara Kingsolver

  • LITERATURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 546 PAGES

Kingsolver sends her naive missionaries into the Belgian Congo in this best-selling novel. (CAF02, $18.99)

The Power of One

The Power of One


by Bryce Courtenay

  • LITERATURE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 528 PAGES

This riveting novel tells of the coming-of-age of a six-year-old English boy in South Africa during the darkest days of largely pro-Nazi South Africa, based on the author's childhood. (SAF26, $16.00)

African Safari, Into the Great Game Reserves

African Safari, Into the Great Game Reserves


by Peter and Beverly Pickford

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 300 PAGES

With a traveler's notebook, essays and color photographs of Africa, its people, landscapes and wildlife, this dazzling photographic journey captures the adventure of safari. (AFR260, $49.95)

Among African Apes

Among African Apes


by Christophe Boesch | Martha Robbins

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 196 PAGES

Robbins and Boesch tell the compelling stories of wild apes and the researchers who study them, including field research in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda, Ivindo National Park in Gabon and the Tai National Park in Cote d'Ivoire. With some photographs. (UGD25, $21.95)

Forests of Central Africa

Forests of Central Africa


by Jean Pierre Vende Weghe

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 365 PAGES

A sumptuous pictorial guide to the largest region of tropical forest outside of the Amazon, an area which covers 11 countries and includes the Congo Basin. Featuring beautiful portraits of the bewildering array of flora and fauna, the book examines the ecology, climate and natural history of the forests as well as conservation efforts to save them. (CAF57, $82.00)

Gorillas in the Mist

Gorillas in the Mist


by Dian Fossey

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 326 PAGES

Fossey's highly personal, detailed account of the ecology and behavior of the mountain gorilla of Virunga based on her 13 years among "the greatest of the great apes." (UGD05, $15.95)

Mean and Lowly Things: Snakes, Science, and Survival in the Congo

Mean and Lowly Things: Snakes, Science, and Survival in the Congo


by Kate Jackson

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

In this action-packed memoir of life in the field, Jackson writes with matter-of-fact good humor of her adventures in search of reptiles and amphibians (naturally, many are venomous) in the forested swampland of the northern Congo. (CAF40, $19.50)

South Africa

South Africa


by Michael Poliza

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

Poliza (Africa, Eyes Over Africa, AntARCTIC) reeled in several South African photographer friends for this vivid portrait of a nation, its people, cities and villages, landscapes and wildlife. (SAF288, $12.95)

The Year of the Gorilla

The Year of the Gorilla


by George Schaller

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 290 PAGES

A vivid tale of adventures among the gorillas of the Virunga volcanoes of Zaire, Rwanda and Uganda -- a wonderful account of field work under trying circumstances by a great wildlife biologist. (UGD03, $29.00)

Wild at Heart

Wild at Heart


by Peter Godwin | Chris Johns

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2007
  • HARD COVER
  • 176 PAGES

This lush collection of full-color photographs tackles conservation, development and tradition in southern Africa. It's a well-illustrated portrait of the region by National Geographic photographer Johns and veteran journalist Godwin. (SAF130, $65.00)

Birds of Africa South of the Sahara

Birds of Africa South of the Sahara


by Ian Sinclair | Peter Ryan

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 760 PAGES

This compact field guide, the first to describe and illustrate all of the birds of sub-Saharan Africa, features 359 color plates and 2,100 range maps. Especially useful for those southern African countries without their own field guides. (SAF143, $49.50)

Birds of Western and Central Africa, Princeton Illustrated Checklist

Birds of Western and Central Africa, Princeton Illustrated Checklist


by Ber Van Perlo

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

An admirably compact, comprehensive guide to 1,500 species throughout Western and Central Africa featuring 109 color plates. (WAF02, $30.95)

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)

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)

Newman's Birds of Southern Africa

Newman's Birds of Southern Africa


by Kenneth Newman

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 538 PAGES

This commemorative 10th edition celebrates the late author with a fully revised and updated version. Edits were done by his daughter, Vanessa Newman, to reflect the latest research, taxonomy and common names. (SAF29, $26.00)

The Wildlife of Southern Africa, A Field Guide to the Animals and Plants of the Region

The Wildlife of Southern Africa, A Field Guide to the Animals and Plants of the Region


by Vincent Carruthers | Kenneth Newman

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

With 1,200 color illustrations by a range of experts, this compact field guide includes all the birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects, fish and plants that a traveler is likely to encounter in southern Africa. (SAF59, $28.00)

Wildlife of Southern Africa

Wildlife of Southern Africa


by Martin B. Withers

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

This Princeton Pocket Guide, featuring 400 color photographs by Withers and co-author David Hosking, covers all the birds, mammals, lizards and insects you are likely to encounter. (SAF300, $19.95)

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