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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

AFR49
John Reader
Alfred Knopf
1999
816
067973869X
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$21.00

African Silences

WAF36
Peter Matthiessen
Vintage Books
1992
225
0679731024
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
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.
$14.95

The Slave Trade

ATL38
James Walvin
Thames & Hudson
2011
144
0500289174
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$24.95

Africa Map

AFR19
Globetrotter
Globe Pequot Press
2013
2
3259041036
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
This folded, full-color map shows the continent and surrounding islands, including the Arabian Peninsula, on a single sheet at 1:10,000.000.
$9.95

Lonely Planet Southern Africa

SAF121
Alan Murphy
Lonely Planet Publications
2013
808
1741798892
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This hefty practical guide to the nine nations of southern Africa, including Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Swaziland, Malawi, Mozambique and Lesotho, is ideal for independent travelers on a multi-country tour.
$34.99

Lonely Planet West Africa

WAF10
Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet Publications
2013
518
1741797977
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This is the book to carry for travels from Mauritania to Niger, with a good overview of culture and history and practical travel information.
$34.99

Africa: Altered States, Ordinary Miracles

AFR242
Richard Dowden
Hachette
2010
592
1586488163
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$21.99

Another Day in the Life

CAF23
Ryszard Kapuscinski, William R. Brand (Translator), Katarzyna Mroczkowska-Brand (Translator)
Vintage Books
2001
144
0375726292
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Kapuscinski's visceral eye-witness account of the Portuguese withdrawal from Angola and of the civil war that engulfed the West African nation in the 1960s.
$16.00

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

CAF08
Adam Hochschild
Mariner Books
2006
384
0618711678
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.95

The Atlantic World, A History, 1400-1888

OCE185
Donald R. Wright, Kris Lane, Jane Landers, Alison Games
Blackwell Publishers
2007
530
0882952455
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$49.95

The Door of No Return

WAF116
William St. Clair
Independent Publishers Group
2008
288
1933346167
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$15.95

The Scramble for Africa

AFR26
Thomas Pakenham
Avon Books
1992
738
0380719991
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$23.99

The World and a Very Small Place in Africa

WAF170
Donald R. Wright
M.E. Sharpe, Inc.
2010
319
0765624842
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
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.
$47.95

African Art, An Introduction

AFR18
Frank Willett
Thames & Hudson
2002
272
0500203644
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
A concise, well-illustrated overview of the art and culture of Africa, portraying the range of spectacular art produced throughout the ages.
$29.95

My Traitor's Heart

SAF19
Rian Malan
Grove Press
2000
425
0802136842
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
1
0
0
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.
$16.00

Search Sweet Country

WAF157
Kojo Laing
2011
256
1936365227
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
One of the great novels of Africa presented here in a 25th anniversary edition, it follows the lives of an eclectic and inextricably interconnected group of Ghanaians living in and around the sprawling, chaotic city of Accra in the mid-1970s.
$24.00

Viceroy of Ouidah

WAF18
Bruce Chatwin
Penguin Putnam
1999
160
0140112901
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$13.00

Skeleton Coast

NMB08
Amy Schoeman
Struik
2012
208
1868728919
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
This revised edition of Shoenman's classic, first published in 1971, shows the magnificent landscapes, wildlife and nature of the Namib desert, Skeleton Coast and northwest Namibia in 160 color essays and accompanying essays on geology, climate, nature and history.
$54.00

Kingdon Pocket Guide to African Mammals

EAF128
Jonathan Kingdon
Princeton University Press
2004
272
0691122393
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A conveniently compact edition of Kingdon's celebrated guide, that includes information on distribution, ecology and conservation status, with 480 outstanding color illustrations and maps.
$29.95

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Long Walk to Freedom

SAF15
Nelson Mandela
Little Brown and Company
1995
640
0316548189
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
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.
$18.00

National Audubon Society Field Guide to African Wildlife

AFR25
Bunny McBride, Duane Schlitter, Richard Estes, Peter Alden
Alfred Knopf
1995
988
0679432345
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
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.
$24.95

West African Folktales

WAF13
Jack Berry, Richard Spears
Northwestern
1991
229
081010993X
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
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.
$24.95

Journey Without Maps

WAF15
Graham Greene
Penguin
2006
272
0143039725
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.00

God's Bits of Wood

WAF22
Sembene Ousmane, Francis Price (Translator)
Longman
1996
245
0435909592
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A story of conflict between colonial powers and West African rail workers set in the late 1940s, written by Senegal's foremost novelist and filmmaker.
$16.00

No Sweetness Here and Other Stories

WAF23
Ama Ata Aidoo
Feminist Press
1995
160
1558611193
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
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.
$14.95

Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa

WAF40
Mungo Park
John Beaufoy Publishing
2010
272
0486479137
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
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.
$12.95

The Shadow of the Sun

AFR88
Ryszard Kapuscinski, Klara Glowczewska (Translator)
Random House
2002
325
0679779078
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.00

Travels in West Africa

WAF05
Mary Kingsley, Anthony Brandt (Introduction)
National Geographic
2002
320
0792266382
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Kingsley writes with a self-deprecating wit and deadpan humor of her collecting expeditions throughout West Africa, first published to much acclaim in 1897.
$14.95

The Burning Shore

NMB12
Wilbur Smith
St. Martin's Press
2007
632
0312940807
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
An epic tale of romance, survival and daring set in Southwestern Africa (aka Namibia) by the master of South African pulp fiction.
$9.99

Things Fall Apart

WAF56
Chinua Achebe
Doubleday
2008
209
0385474547
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
The 50th anniversary edition of Achebe's celebrated novel of the young village leader Okonkwo, set in 19th-century Nigeria during the drama and disruption of colonialism.
$13.00

African Wildlife

AFR109
James Kavanaugh
Waterford Press
1999
1583550321
PLASTIC CARD
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A laminated foldout guide illustrating almost 150 species of African animals, designed for quick reference in the field.
$7.95

Cadogan Guide Marrakesh, Fez and Rabat

MRC50
Barnaby Rogerson
Cadogan Books
2010
304
156656820X
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
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.
$21.95

Eyewitness Guide Morocco

MRC58
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2017
392
1465457208
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Gorgeously illustrated and filled with excellent maps, this compact guide introduces Morocco's history, culture and attractions.
$30.00

The Penguin Atlas of African History

AFR132
Colin McEvedy
Penguin Putnam
1996
144
0140513213
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A clear, concise survey of the history of the continent, especially strong on exploration, as told in 60 maps and accompanying text.
$18.00

African Textiles

AFR137
John Gillow
Thames & Hudson
2016
240
0500292213
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
Region by region, John Gillow's absorbing, superbly illustrated and colorful survey covers the traditional, handcrafted and indigenous textiles of the whole continent. Gillow also authored the marvelous Traditional Indonesian Textiles (INS22) and Indian Textiles (IDA543).
$29.99

Glory in a Camel's Eye, A Perilous Trek Through the Greatest African Desert

NAF35
Jeffrey Tayler
Houghton Mifflin Company
2005
256
0618492224
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
The you-are-there narrative of a 535-mile trek on camel-back across the Draa Valley in the Moroccan Sahara.
$17.95

Birds of Western Africa

WAF76
Nik Borrow (Illustrator), Ron Demey
Princeton University Press
2014
592
0691159203
PAPER
Field Guide
12/30/2013
0
0
0
0
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. Now in a fully updated second edition.
$45.00

Bradt Guide Sao Tome and Principe

CAF31
Kathleen Becker
Bradt Publications
2014
272
1841624861
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A practical guide in the British series to the West African island nation.
$26.99

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

CAF32
Michela Wrong
HarperCollins Publishers
2002
368
0060934433
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$14.99

The Fate of Africa

AFR154
Martin Meredith
Hachette
2011
792
1610390717
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$23.99

The Caliph's House, A Year in Casablanca

MRC66
Tahir Shah
Bantam Doubleday
2006
343
0553383108
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.00

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

AFR177
Robert Haas
National Geographic
2005
207
0792238826
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
The topography, villages, wildlife, habitats and people across Africa as seen from a helicopter.
$50.00

Themes In West Africa's History

WAF114
Emmanuel Akyeampong (Editor)
Ohio University Press
2006
323
0821416413
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Geared for university students, these review articles by leading scholars cover archaeology, ecology and culture, oral traditions, society, politics and religion in West Africa.
$29.95

New News Out of Africa, Uncovering Africa's Renaissance

AFR203
Charlayne Hunter-Gault
Oxford University Press
2007
192
0195331281
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A PBS correspondant addresses the current state of affairs in South Africa, Rwanda, Mozambique, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Angola and Sierra Leone, incorporating his own experiences and the continent's troubled and tangled history.
$14.95

The Last Place On Earth

CAF38
Mike Fay, Michael Nichols (Photographer)
National Geographic
2005
480
0792238818
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
A two-volume boxed set, this authoritative, spectacularly photographed book by National Geographic documents Michael Fay's 465-day, 2,000-mile Mega-Transect with photographer Nick Nichols from the Congo highlands to the Atlantic Ocean shore of Gabon. With Nichols' extraordinary color photographs (vol. 1) and a facsimile edition of Fay's diary (vol. 2).
$150.00

Africa's Turn?

AFR240
Edward Miguel (Editor)
MIT Press
2009
144
0262012898
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.95

Gods and Soldiers, The Penguin Anthology of Contemporary African Writing

AFR246
Rob (ED Spillman (Editor)
Penguin Putnam
2009
386
0143114735
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
This exuberant anthology captures the vitality and range of modern writing throughout Africa, from J. M. Coetzee, Chimamanda Adichie, Nuruddin Farah and Binyavanga Wainaina to Chinua Achebe. Edited by Rob Spillman of Tin House.
$18.00

Allah's Garden

MRC118
Thomas Hollowell
Lightning Source
2009
196
0964142392
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
The gripping memoir of a doctor who, with more than 1700 other Moroccans, was held as a POW in Western Sahara for 25 years.
$14.95

Atlas of the Transatlantic Slave Trade

ATL36
David Eltis
Yale University Press
2010
307
0300124600
HARD COVER
History
11/18/2010
0
0
0
0
With 200 striking maps showing the 350-year history of African slave traffic to the New World.
$50.00

The Heart of The Matter

WAF166
Graham Greene
Penguin
2004
255
0142437999
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
In Greene's masterpiece set in Sierra Leone, a good man is enmeshed in love, intrigue and evil.
$17.00

Conversations With Myself

SAF313
Nelson Mandela
Picador USA
2011
454
0312611684
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Mandela draws on letters, notebooks and taped interviews for this account of a remarkable life.
$18.00

West Africa, An Introduction to Its History, Civilization and Contemporary Situation

WAF168
Eugene L. Mendonsa
Aa Balkema
2002
660
0890896496
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A wide-ranging academic survey.
$50.00

Radcliffe Bailey, Memory As Medicine

AFR302
Carol Thompson
Prestel
2011
157
3791351540
HARD COVER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
Carol Thompson, curator of African art at High Museum of Art in Atlanta contribues an essay to this celebration of the work of Radcliffe Bailey, whose paintings, sculptures, installations, and large mixed media works that draw inspiration from African and other sources of visual representation.
$45.00