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Kenya and Ethiopia: Cradle of Mankind

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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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Origins Reconsidered, In Search of What Makes Us Human

ATP07
Richard Leakey, Roger Lewin
Doubleday
1993
400
0385467923
PAPER
Science
0
0
0
0
A personal account of hominid evolution, looking back at the evidence and conclusions from the original 1977 book "Origins," augmented with a thoughtful consideration of what makes us human.
$20.00

The Safari Companion

AFR06
Richard Estes
Chelsea Green Publishing
1999
459
1890132446
PAPER
Field Guide
1
0
0
0
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.
$30.00

Wildlife of East Africa

EAF108
Martin B. Withers
Princeton University Press
2002
256
0691007373
PAPER
Field Guide
1
0
0
0
This take-along guide to 475 common species of birds, mammals, reptiles, insects, trees and flowers of East Africa features full-color photographs with detailed descriptions on facing pages.
$19.95

Insight Guide Kenya

EAF60
Insight Guides
Insight Guides
2016
336
1780054211
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A thoroughly illustrated survey of the country, its people, history and wildlife. It includes an overview of individual national parks and conservation areas, as well as excellent maps.
$24.99

Kenya Adventure Map

EAF97
National Geographic Society
National Geographic Maps
2012
2
1566956188
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
This double-sided, water- and tear-resistant map in the growing series shows Kenya at a scale of 1:1,040,000.
$11.95

Ethiopia Map

ETP14
itmb
ITMB
2011
2
1553412087
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A full-color, shaded relief map of Ethiopia at a scale of 1:2,000,000, featuring an inset of central Adis Ababa and an index of place names.
$12.95

Bradt Guide Ethiopia

ETP05
Philip Briggs
Bradt Publications
2015
640
1841629227
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A region-by-region overview of the country with brief introductory chapters on wildlife, culture and history for the traveler. Includes 65 maps and a section of color photographs.
$27.99

Culture Smart! Ethiopia

ETP41
Sarah Howard
Kuperard
2009
168
1857334949
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A concise, well-illustrated and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture, equally of interest to the traveler and business person.
$9.95

Culture Smart! Kenya

EAF177
Jane Barsby
Kuperard
2017
168
1857338588
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A concise guide to local customs, etiquette and culture.
$11.99

Lonely Planet Ethiopian Amharic Phrasebook

ETP06
Tilahun Gabriel
Lonely Planet Publications
2017
240
1786573296
PAPER
Language & Phrasebooks
0
0
0
0
A handy phrasebook for Amharic basics. This guide focuses on pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.
$9.99

Wildlife Photography, On Safari With Your DSLR

EAF379
Uwe Skrzypczak
Lightning Source
2010
240
1933952563
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Skrzypczak includes chapters on equipment, technique, composition and wildlife in this practical, beautifully illustrated guide, loaded with striking images of the wildlife of Ngorongoro, the Serengeti and the Maasai Mara.
$39.95

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

Born in Africa

AFR286
Martin Meredith
Hachette
2012
336
1610391055
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Martin Meredith (The Fate of Africa) turns to human origins and the riveting tale of rival anthropologists, archaeologists and scientists who have struggled to unravel the story of the evolution of humankind on the plains of Africa.
$15.99

Layers of Time: A History of Ethiopia

ETP21
Paul Henze
St. Martins
2005
372
1403967431
PAPER
History
0
0
1
0
A concise history of Ethiopia by a U.S. government officer in Addis Ababa in the 1960s. Henze has remained involved in Ethiopian affairs as a writer, consultant and frequent visitor.
$43.00

The Blue Nile

EGY67
Alan Moorehead
HarperCollins Publishers
2000
320
0060956402
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
In this grand history of exploration and events on the great river from 1798 to 1869, Moorehead follows the course of the Blue Nile from the Ethiopian highlands through Sudan and Egypt to the Mediterranean.
$14.99

The Ethiopians

ETP20
Richard Pankhurst, Barbara Pankhurst
Blackwell Publishers
2000
299
0631224939
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
An outstanding survey of Ethiopian political history and culture from pre-history to 1991 by a leading scholar.
$54.95

Lucy, The Beginnings of Humankind

ATP06
Maitland Armstrong Edey, Donald Johanson
Touchstone
1990
409
0671724991
PAPER
Archaeology
0
0
0
0
The original, influential account of the thrilling discovery of Lucy in 1974 and the impact of the discovery on ideas about human evolution.
$17.00

Ancestral Passions, The Leakey Family and the Quest for Humankind's Beginnings

EAF76
Virginia Morell
Touchstone
1996
640
0684824701
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
A biography of the Leakey family, documenting their discoveries and their vast contributions to the field of paleontology. The Leakeys have been instrumental in tracing human origins to East Africa.
$38.95

Dreams in a Time of War, A Childhood Memoir

EAF375
Ngugi wa Thiong'o
Doubleday
2011
272
0307476219
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Thiong’o captures the landscape, people and culture of rural Kenya in this memoir of growing up through WWII and Kenya’s fight for independence in a family with four wives and more than 20 children.
$16.00

In Search of King Solomon's Mines

ETP28
Tahir Shah
Skyhorse Publishing
2012
240
1611454247
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
A man with a passion for tracking down oddball legends and impossible stories, Shah tackles, in this rollicking account, Ethiopia and the legendary home of the Queen of Sheba.
$14.95

My Maasai Life, From Suburbia to Savannah

EAF365
Robin Wiszowaty
Douglas & McIntyre
2010
300
1553655095
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Wiszowaty's lively memoir of leaving suburban Illinois to join a Maasai community in rural Kenya (where she hauled water, evaded giraffes and lived in a tiny hut with her adoptive family) provides a unique glimpse into the traditions, challenges and unexpected beauty of life in a contemporary Maasai village.
$22.95

Notes from the Hyena's Belly, An Ethiopian Boyhood

ETP26
Nega Mezlekia
Picador USA
2002
351
0312289146
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
A memoir of childhood in Ethiopia after the downfall of Emperor Haile Selassie. Mezlekia, who was born in Jigiga in 1958, chronicles his early childhood, youthful political activism and conscription into a guerrilla army.
$23.00

West with the Night

EAF10
Beryl Markham
North Point Press
2013
294
0865471185
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
1
0
0
Markham evokes the landscapes, people and wildlife of East Africa in engrossing detail in this classic memoir of amazing adventures as a bush pilot in 1930s Kenya. A favorite.
$16.00

Animals of the Masai Mara

EAF394
Adam Scott Kennedy
WildGuides
2012
144
0691156018
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
This photo guide by two safari guides focuses on the lions, cheetah, leopards, zebra, giraffe and other celebrated wildlife.
$27.95

Birds of the Masai Mara

EAF395
Adam Scott Kennedy
WildGuides
2012
176
0691155941
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
Kennedy's compact guide, full of local knowledge on habitats and birding spots, features 300 color photographs.
$27.95

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

More Books

Out of Africa

EAF22
Isak Dinesen
Vintage Books
1985
466
0679724753
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
1
0
0
The perennially best-selling tale of a naive young woman who leaves Denmark for East Africa, Dinesen's (AKA Karen Blixen) autobiography draws us into life on a struggling coffee plantation. It's a moving story inspired by a love for Kenya and its people. Includes the novella Shadows on the Grass.
$15.95

The Flame Trees of Thika

EAF24
Elsbeth Huxley
Penguin
2000
280
0141183780
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
The classic account of a young woman's life as a pioneering settler in Thika, Kenya. Huxley looks back at her intrepid parents and the home they made together in Kenya's Highlands.
$18.00

The Tree Where Man Was Born

EAF27
Peter Matthiessen
Penguin
2010
368
0143106244
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
A classic portrait of East Africa, enthralling in its detail on nature and daily life. Includes Maasai Mara, Ngorongoro, the Kenyan highlands and Matthiessen's field trips, safaris and adventures in the Serengeti.
$17.00

I Dreamed of Africa

EAF23
Kuki Gallman
Penguin Putnam
2000
315
0140287442
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
This bestseller is a highly personal account of tragedy and magic in Kenya. Italian-born Gallman tells of her move to Ol Ari Nyiro, a ranch set in the highland plain in the shadow of Mount Kenya.
$17.00

A History of Ethiopia

ETP01
Harold Marcus
University of California Press
2002
300
0520224795
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A challenging, in-depth survey of Africa's oldest nation, ranging from prehistory to 1991; organized chronologically, it features three chapters on the long reign of Haile Sellassie -- his rise to power and eventual overthrow.
$31.95

The Emperor, Downfall of an Autocrat

ETP10
Ryszard Kapuscinski
Vintage Books
1989
180
0679722033
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
In 1975, Kapuscinski traveled throughout Ethiopia and listened to stories about the Supreme Emperor Haile Selassie told by the servants and associates that surrounded him while Ethiopia collapsed around him. Kapuscinski transformed the interviews into a powerful narrative of the high living and unimaginable abuse within the ancient regime.
$14.95

The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia

ETP12
Samuel Johnson, J.P. Hardy (Editor)
Oxford University Press
2009
157
019922997X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Johnson drew upon the journals of a Jesuit priest to weave this ironic tale of earthly paradise in the "happy valley of Abyssinia," originally published in 1759.
$12.95

The Sign and the Seal, The Quest for the Lost Ark of the Covenant

AFR23
Graham Hancock
Touchstone
1993
600
0671865412
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
A page-turning yarn of adventure, amazing persistence, and scholarship, which follows Hancock's 1983 visit to Axum, Ethiopia, the legendary resting place of the Ark of the Covenant.
$17.99

To Asmara

AFR24
Thomas Keneally
Warner Books
1990
392
0446391719
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
The tale of discovery in war-torn Africa, this novel follows the fate of a journalist in the midst of the devastating conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea.
$20.99

Birds of Eastern Africa, Princeton Illustrated Checklists

EAF40
Ber Van Perlo
Princeton University Press
2009
302
0691090335
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
This handy guide illustrates and briefly describes most East African birds. A remarkably small book, it features 96 color plates, 1,487 species and essential information for quick reference in the field.
$29.95

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

No Picnic on Mount Kenya

EAF59
Felice Benuzzi
Lyons Press
2014
240
1592287247
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
1
This daring tale of the author's escape from a prisoner of war camp to climb Mount Kenya is not just great reading. Benuzzi's account of landscapes, animals and habitats encountered on his way could also be of interest to anyone contemplating scaling the peak.
$16.95

The Shadow of Kilimanjaro

EAF61
Rick Ridgeway
Henry Holt and Company
1999
288
0805053905
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Ridgeway recounts his walk from Mount Kilimanjaro across Tsavo National Park to the Indian Ocean in the company of Iain Allan (and an armed guard). It's a perceptive overview of Kenya, its wildlife and conservation by an appreciative observer.
$22.99

Eye to Eye

GEN75
Frans Lanting
Taschen
2016
256
3836547139
HARD COVER
Natural History
4/1/2009
0
0
0
0
A spectacular collection of 140 color photographs focusing on close-ups of animals around the world. Lanting is one of the most imaginative, well-traveled wildlife photographers at work.
$39.99

The Man-Eaters of Tsavo

EAF80
John Henry Patterson
Skyhorse
2013
346
1620874067
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
A reprint of the remarkable 1907 tale of a Victorian adventurer (and later game warden) who set out to build the Mombasa to Uganda railway, a project much confounded when two lions ate much of the work force.
$18.95

Jungles

AMZ65
Frans Lanting (Photographer), Christine Eckstrom
Taschen
2011
256
3822842451
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
The wildlife of Central America, the Congo, Amazon, Borneo and Madagascar are all featured in this portfolio of 120 extraordinary color photographs.
$19.99

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

Lonely Planet Ethiopia Djibouti & Somaliland

ETP30
Frances Linzee Gordon
Lonely Planet Publications
2013
404
1741797969
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A comprehensive guide in the Lonely Planet style featuring maps, background detail on the country and culture -- and practical information for the traveler.
$27.99

Africa, The Serengeti

EAF120
George Casey (Director)
Slingshot
1994
1584480122
DVD
Film
0
0
0
0
James Earl Jones narrates this dazzling 40-minute IMAX documentary of the migration of wildebeest in the Serengeti and Masai Mara.
$19.99

Birds of Africa South of the Sahara

SAF143
Ian Sinclair, Peter Ryan
Struik
2010
760
1770076239
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
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.
$49.50

Flashman on the March

ETP37
George MacDonald Fraser
Doubleday
2006
378
1400096464
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
In this 12th outing in the series, our reluctant hero finds himself at the center of General Robert Napier's Abyssinian campaign. It's another excellent opportunity to comment on the folly of the British Empire, a rollicking entertainment and painless dose of history.
$16.00

Chameleon Days, An American Boyhood in Ethiopia

ETP38
Tim Bascom
Lightning Source
2006
240
0618658696
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Bascom looks back in this absorbing memoir, winner of the Breadloaf and Bakeless Prize, at the Ethiopia of his childhood, his missionary doctor parents, siblings, friends and acquaintances, boarding school in Addis Ababa and the cabin on the slopes of Lake Bishoftu.
$15.95

Born Free, A Lioness of Two Worlds

AFR186
Joy Adamson
Pantheon Books
2000
220
0375714383
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
The 40th anniversary edition of Adamson's enduring tale set in Kenya's northern frontier district.
$16.00

Too Close to the Sun

EAF172
Sara Wheeler
Random House
2009
292
0812968921
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Wheeler captures the romance and adventure of 1920s-era East Africa in this winning biography of Denys Finch Hatton, the handsome gadabout, daring bush pilot and companion of Baroness Blixen and Beryl Markham.
$18.00

A Guide to the Birds of East Africa, A Novel

EAF195
Nicholas Drayson
Lightning Source
2009
192
0547247958
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Drayson draws on his time in Nairobi for this sweet novel about East Africa society -- revolving, naturally, around birding and the Hunt Ball at the Asadi Club. Reality intervenes in the shape of renegade Somalis.
$14.95

Ancient Churches of Ethiopia, Fourth-Fourteenth Centuries

ETP42
David W. Phillipson
Yale University Press
2009
230
0300141564
HARD COVER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
A gorgeously illustrated portrait of Ethiopian Christian civilization and its churches from the Aksumite period to the 13th century.
$80.00

The Clouds Beneath the Sun

EAF367
Mackenzie Ford
Doubleday
2012
464
0307456161
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A rousing good read, authentic setting and morally ambiguous plot make this latest novel by Mackenzie Ford, nom de plume of historian Peter Watson, a winner. Mackenzie brings real depth and authority to this novel of a young archaeologist in Kenya in the turbulent 1960s.
$16.95

Cutting for Stone

ETP43
Abraham Verghese
Vintage Books
2010
667
0375714367
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Verghese's powerful tale of the coming-of-age of orphaned twin brothers, sons of an Indian nun and a British surgeon, moves from Addis Ababa on the brink of revolution to New York and back again.
$16.95

A Primate's Memoir

EAF368
Robert M. Sapolsky
Scribner
2002
304
0743202414
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Sapolsky interweaves serious scientific observations with wry commentary about life in the Serengeti in this exhilarating account of his 21-year study of a troop of savannah baboons.
$17.00

The Constant Gardener

EAF382
John Le Carre
Scribner
2004
496
0743262433
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
Le Carre opens this nail-biting thriller set in contemporary Kenya with the murder of an idealistic young woman -- en route to deliver major news to Richard Leakey.
$16.00

Sweetness in the Belly

ETP45
Camilla Gibb
Penguin Putnam
2007
338
0143038729
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Gibbs conjures the complex history of Ethiopian culture in this affecting novel, which follows young Lilly from London to Morocco and Harar.
$15.00

Serengeti Spy

EAF396
Anup Shah
Harry N. Abrams
2012
204
1419702785
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
A hoof-level view of the Masai Mara and Serengeti. Photographer Anup Shah lets the wildlife reveal itself by placing small remote cameras at watering holes, outcrops and other strategic spots. The ground-level perspective is as surprising as it is clever, putting you face-to-face with lion and cheetah and wildebeest and all the creatures in action across the plains.
$42.00

In the House of the Interpreter, A Memoir

EAF399
Ngugi wa Thiong'o
Pantheon Books
2015
256
1101910518
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Thiong’o writes with simple clarity about the period of the Mau Mau uprising in the mid-to-late 1950s when "gun-toting British forces" heaped enormous suffering on ordinary Kenyans and proved a watershed in the political education of the young writer. We also carry the first volume of Thiong'o's memoirs, Dreams in a Time of War.
$15.95

For Kids

The Return

ETP13
Sonia Levitin
Fawcett
1991
181
0449702804
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
A moving novel of escape from religious persecuation in Ethiopia.
$5.99

Big Cats

BST46
Seymour Simon
HarperCollins
1994
40
006446119X
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
A full-color introduction to the life of big cats around the world, including the tiger, lion, leopard, puma, cheetah, jaguar, and snow leopard. Intended for children ages 4-8.
$6.99

Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales

AFR135
Nelson Mandela
W. W. Norton & Company
2007
144
0393329909
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$17.99

Serengeti Journey, On Safari in Africa

EAF150
Gare Thompson
2006
48
0792259521
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
A fun and informative overview of the Serengeti and its wildlife for readers ages 4 to 8.
$17.90

African Plains Coloring Book

EAF164
Dianne Gaspas-Ettl
Dover Publications
1996
48
0486292304
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
These 41 charming illustrations introduce diverse East African wildlife and habitats, from gamboling rock hyraxes to herds of hippo and zebras, roosting guineafowl and the aardvark.
$4.99

Wangari's Trees of Peace, A True Story from Africa

EAF188
Jeanette Winter
Harcourt Books
2008
32
0152065458
HARD COVER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
An illustrated biography of Wangari Mathaai, founder of the Kenyan Green Belt Movement and winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize for her work in Kenya.
$17.99

Planting the Trees of Kenya, The Story of Wangari Maathai

EAF189
Claire A. Nivola
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
2008
32
0374399182
HARD COVER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
Watercolor illustrations and lyrical prose combine to tell the remarkable true story of Wangari Maathai, the winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize, who changed the fate of her village in the highlands of Kenya by teaching her people how to care for it.
$18.99

The Mzungu Boy

EAF371
Meja Mwangi
Douglas & McIntyre
2006
0888996640
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
A riveting tale of friendship set against the backdrop of colonialism and rebellion in 1950s rural Kenya.
$8.95

Every Bone Tells a Story, Hominin Discoveries, Deductions, and Debates

ATP28
Jill Rubalcaba
2010
185
1580891640
HARD COVER
Archaeology
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Robertshaw and Jill Rubalcaba focus on four signficant discoveries over the last 30 years: Turkana Boy, Lapedo Child, Kennewick Man, and Tzi the Iceman.
$18.95

Lucy Long Ago, Uncovering the Mystery of Where We Came from

ATP29
Catherine Thimmesh
Houghton Mifflin Company
2009
63
0547051999
HARD COVER
Archaeology
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Illustrated with stunning computer-generated art and with rare paleo photography, this story of scientific sleuthing invites kids ages 9-11 to wonder what our ancestors were like thoguh the tale of the discovery of the remains of Lucy, the world's most famous hominid.
$18.00

Worth Looking For

Life, A Journey Through Time

NAT110
Frans Lanting
Taschen
2012
303
3822839949
HARD COVER
Exploration
0
0
0
1
From fiery eruptions, geysers and stark geology, through single-celled organisms and fish, to the rise of amphibians and reptiles, birds, flowering plants and mammals, this is a splendid tale of biodiversity and wonder.
$59.99