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Rough Guide West Africa

Rough Guide West Africa

by Jim Hudgens | Richard Trillo

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 1312 PAGES

A comprehensive guide to all West Africa, including its history and culture. With its region-by-region descriptions, 172 maps and 12 pages of color photos, this guide covers from Mauritania south to Cameroon. (WAF38, $34.99)

Born on a Monday, A Photo Documentary of Ghana

Born on a Monday, A Photo Documentary of Ghana

by Carrie Brown

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 64 PAGES

Carrie Brown documents the people, culture and daily activities of the village of Woe in Ghana in this striking collection of color photographs. With accompanying essays by Brown and Cross-Cultural Solutions' Ghanaian staff. (WAF79, $24.95)

Viceroy of Ouidah

Viceroy of Ouidah

by Bruce Chatwin

  • LITERATURE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES

Chatwin evokes in rich detail the rise to power of a wretched slave trader and the 19th-century court of Dahomey (Benin) in this slim novel. (WAF18, $13.00)

Africa North and West Map

Africa North and West Map

by Michelin

  • 2011
  • MAP

A fine regional map covering Senegal, The Gambia, Ghana, Mali, Mauritania and their neighbors as well as all the Mediterranean-bordering countries (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya) at a scale of 1:4,000,000. (AFR34, $12.95)

 
Ghana Map

Ghana Map


by ITMB

  • 2011
  • MAP

A colorful, folded map of Ghana at a detailed scale of 1:500,000. (WAF37, $11.95)

Togo Map

Togo Map


by IGN

  • MAP

A shaded relief map of Togo, on a 1:500,000 scale. (AFR37, $16.95)

Bradt Guide Ghana

Bradt Guide Ghana


by Philip Briggs | Hilary Bradt | Annabel Milne

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

Complete with maps and town plans, this guide to Ghana features practical information on the country's history, culture and attractions. (WAF27, $26.99)

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)

Captive Passage, The Transatlantic Slave Trade and the Making of the Americas

Captive Passage, The Transatlantic Slave Trade and the Making of the Americas


by The Mariners' Museum | Smithsonian Inst.

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • HARD COVER
  • 208 PAGES

A companion volume to the exhibition drawn largely from the collections of The Mariners' Museum. (ATL14, $21.95)

Faces of Africa, Thirty Years of Photography

Faces of Africa, Thirty Years of Photography


by Carol Beckwith | Angela Fisher

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2009
  • HARD COVER
  • 360 PAGES

A portfolio of people and places in Africa by the remarkable team of Beckwith and Fisher. Published by National Geographic, it features 120 stunning color portraits. (AFR138, $35.00)

Saltwater Slavery, A Middle Passage from Africa to American Diaspora

Saltwater Slavery, A Middle Passage from Africa to American Diaspora


by Stephanie E. Smallwood

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Smallwood offers a clear, engaging study of Slavery and the Middle Passage, drawing upon journals, narratives and letters from slaves transported in harsh conditions across the Atlantic. (WAF115, $22.00)

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 Race for Timbuktu

The Race for Timbuktu


by Frank T. Kryza

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 322 PAGES

An engrossing account of imperial adventures in early 19th-century West Africa and the quest for fabled Timbuktu. (WAF88, $14.95)

African Vodun: Art, Psychology and Power

African Vodun: Art, Psychology and Power


by Susanne Preston Blier

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 476 PAGES

A detailed study of West African vodun traditions, particularly in Togo and Benin. Blier compares the psychological and visual elements of Vodun with related voodoo traditions of Haiti and New Orleans. (WAF74, $52.50)

Exploration of Africa, From Cairo to the Cape

Exploration of Africa, From Cairo to the Cape


by Ann Hugon

  • EXPLORATION
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 173 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

This jewel of a book chronicles the 19th-century exploration of Africa with hundreds of contemporary paintings and prints, brief chapters on the expeditions, and a very useful chronology. Livingstone, Burton and others are featured in a series of journal excerpts. (AFR03, $15.95)

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)

All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes

All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes


by Maya Angelou

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1991
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

A candid memoir of Angelou's experiences in Ghana in the 1960s, just five years after the country's independence from Britain. (WAF24, $14.00)

French Lessons in Africa, Travels with My Briefcase Through French Africa

French Lessons in Africa, Travels with My Briefcase Through French Africa


by Peter Biddlecombe

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 434 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

A scandalously entertaining and useful introduction to Francophone Africa by the hilarious British writer and inveterate traveler. Organized geographically, he devotes a chapter each to Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Togo and Zaire. (WAF68, $17.95)

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)

Kwame Nkrumah, The Father of African Nationalism

Kwame Nkrumah, The Father of African Nationalism


by David Birmingham

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 142 PAGES

The tale of the remarkable life of Kwame Nkrumah, the African statesman who championed for independence, won Africans the right to vote and became the president of Ghana in 1960. (WAF34, $14.95)

Somebody's Heart Is Burning, A Woman Wanderer in Africa

Somebody's Heart Is Burning, A Woman Wanderer in Africa


by Tanya Shaffer

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

Shaffer's vivid account of a year on the road in Africa, much of it in Ghana, where she worked on building schools and other volunteer projects. (WAF80, $13.95)

Changes, A Love Story

Changes, A Love Story


by Ama Ata Aidoo

  • LITERATURE
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 196 PAGES

A novel from the multitalented author and playwright, in which the independent Esi Sekyi confronts traditional values in marriage, love, career and family in contemporary Ghana. (WAF35, $15.95)

Middle Passage

Middle Passage


by Charles Johnson

  • LITERATURE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

Winner of the National Book Award, this historical novel, set in 1830, is the richly imagined tale of a recently freed slave in New Orleans who signs aboard a square-rigger bound for Africa. (ATL02, $15.00)

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)

West African Folktales

West African Folktales


by Jack Berry | Richard Spears

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 1991
  • PAPER
  • 229 PAGES

These 123 unembellished tales reflect the rich oral tradition of cultures throughout West Africa, particularly Ghana and Nigeria, where the pioneering Berry did much of his field work. (WAF13, $24.95)

Birds of Western Africa

Birds of Western Africa


by Nik Borrow | Ron Demey

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 496 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

A compact field edition of Barrow and Demey's comprehensive handbook, covering nearly 1,300 species from Senegal to Congo and featuring 150 color plates. (WAF76, $45.00)

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)

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)

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