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Zimbabwe

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Click on Essential Reading for the featured set of Zimbabwe books and a map. We offer free shipping on anything else you order with the travel books package. We have updated the original package. These are the current recommendations.
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Item EXZIM18. Buy these 5 items as a set for $93 including shipping, 15% off the retail price. With free shipping on anything else you order.  Buy Package

Wildlife of Southern Africa

SAF300
Martin B. Withers
Princeton University Press
2011
272
069115063X
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
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.
$19.95

Mukiwa, A White Boy in Africa

SAF33
Peter Godwin
Grove Press
2005
432
0802141927
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
The unsentimental story of a boy's coming of age in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) in the 1960s, offering a rare perspective on the consequences of colonialism.
$16.00

Bradt Guide Zimbabwe

ZIM18
Paul Murray
Bradt Publications
2016
392
1784770167
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This compact, informative guide introduces the history, culture, wildlife and attractions of Zimbabwe, along with helpful travel details.
$26.99

The Wildlife of Southern Africa

SAF59
Vincent Carruthers (Editor), Kenneth Newman (Illustrator)
Struik
2017
320
177584353X
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
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.
$24.95

Zimbabwe & Botswana Map

SAF08
ITMB
ITMB
2014
1
1553411471
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A clear map of Zimbabwe and Botswana at a scale of 1:1,170,000.
$12.95

A History of Zimbabwe

ZIM21
Alois S. Mlambo
Cambridge University Press
2014
304
110768479X
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
An unprecedented single volume coverage of the country from pre-colonial times to the present especially geared toward students of Zimbabwean history but a good primer for all those interested in the nation.
$30.99

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

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

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

Into Africa, The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone

AFR130
Martin Dugard
Broadway Books
2004
340
0767910745
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.00

The Life and African Exploration of Dr. David Livingstone

AFR192
David Livingstone
Cooper Square Press
2002
656
0815412088
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
A reproduction of Livingstone's original 1876 report on his exploration of Africa. Includes lithographic illustrations and facsimiles of notebooks, diary entries and letters.
$28.95

The Zambesi Expedition, To the Zambesi River and Its Tributaries

SAF136
David Livingstone
Aa Balkema
2001
433
1589761227
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
Livingstone's original account of his second expedition to Africa, first published in 1864 -- a sympathetic portrait of African peoples, rich in nature, culture and politics.
$25.95

Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness

ZMB13
Alexandra Fuller
Penguin Putnam
2012
256
0143121340
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Fuller returns to Africa in this shimmering memoir, focusing on her odyssey from the highlands of Kenya in the 1960s to the tumult of post-independence Rhodesia and life today with her husband on a farm in Zambia. Written with uncommon grace and generosity, the tale is peppered with family stories and photographs. A New York Times Notable Book.
$16.00

Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood

ZIM15
Alexandra Fuller
Random House
2003
336
0375758992
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
A candid coming-of-age memoir set during the Rhodesian Civil War. Fuller's parents moved from England to Rhodesia (present-day Zimbabwe) in the early 1970s.
$17.00

North of South, An African Journey

EAF28
Shiva Naipaul
Penguin
1979
349
0140188266
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
1
0
0
A sharp portrait of Africa, circa 1979. A brilliant and provocative observer, Naipaul meditates on the various peoples he encounters in Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia. The best, most insightful thing we've read about race relations in Africa.
$17.00

The Last Resort, A Memoir of Zimbabwe

SAF260
Douglas Rogers
Random House
2010
320
0307407985
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Award-winning journalist Rogers tells the eye-opening and at times surprisingly funny story of his family and their game farm in war-torn Zimbabwe.
$15.00

When a Crocodile Eats the Sun, A Memoir of Africa

ZMB07
Peter Godwin
Back Bay Books
2008
342
0316158941
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
A journalist and terrific writer, Godwin draws on family lore, politics and his many trips back home to Zimbabwe in this powerful memoir.
$16.00

Zenzele, A Letter for My Daughter

ZIM11
J. Nozipo Maraire
Bantam Doubleday
1997
208
0385318227
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
A richly textured novel of Zimbabwe, taking the form of a letter from a mother to her Harvard-bound daughter, in which she shares memories, struggles and revelations from her own past.
$15.00

Elephant Song

ZIM04
Wilbur Smith
Random House
1995
472
0449221032
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
A potboiler set in Zimbabwe, in which our hero, a native Zimbabwean producer of nature films, fights the murderous ivory-traders.
$7.99

Safari, A Stanley Hastings Mystery

SAF357
Parnell Hall
W. W. Norton & Company
2014
336
1605986372
HARD COVER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
Set in Zambia, this Stanley Hastings caper finds the loquacious New York PI on the trail of a safari murderer (that's not a lion).
$25.95

The Grass is Singing

ZIM06
Doris Lessing
HarperCollins
2008
263
0061673749
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
The story of a white farm wife in Zimbabwe and her relationship with her African servant, the Nobel laureate’s first novel is rich in local atmosphere.
$13.99

The Myth of Wild Africa

AFR15
Jonathan Adams, Thomas McShane
University of California Press
1996
290
0520206711
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
The authors, associated with the World Wildlife Fund, demolish the romantic fallacy of an untouched continent where animals roam freely in sanctuaries. It's a no-holds-barred critique of old-style conservation in Africa.
$29.95

500 Common Bird Calls in Southern Africa

AFR317
Doug Newman
Struik
2013
152
1431701203
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
Accounting for each species of southern African songbird, their songs, similar-sounding species, favored habitats and ranges, this reference is ideal for the voyaging birder. Includes a CD of bird calls.
$23.00

A Photographic Guide, Southern, Central and East African Mammals

EAF16
Chris Stuart, Tilde Stuart
Ralph Curtis Publishing
2001
144
0883590603
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A compact guide, designed for the field, including almost all of the conspicuous species and a good sampling of the smaller or more secretive animals.
$15.95

Birds of Southern Africa, Princeton Illustrated Checklists

SAF79
Ber Van Perlo
Princeton University Press
2009
320
0691090343
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
An admirably compact guide, featuring small illustrations of 1,250 species, brief descriptions and black-and-white range maps.
$30.95

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

Newman's Birds of Southern Africa

SAF29
Kenneth Newman
Struik
2010
538
1770078762
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
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.
$26.00

Southern African Wildlife, A Visitor's Guide

SAF131
Mike Unwin
Bradt Publications
2011
234
1841623474
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A popular photographic guide to the mammals, birds, reptiles and habitats south of the Zambezi. With 300 color photographs and illuminating text.
$26.99

The Kingdon Field Guide to African Mammals

AFR32
Jonathan Kingdon
Princeton University Press
2015
544
0691164533
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
This stunningly illustrated, comprehensive field guide by a leading authority includes over 500 of Kingdon's exquisite color paintings. Fully revised and updated with more than 1,100 species.
$49.50

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

For Kids

Flip Flap Safari

AFR335
Nosy Crow
Candlewick Press
2015
28
0763676055
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
A creative way to introduce children to Africa’s best-known animals. Kids mix and match animal tops and bottoms and can see what new creatures appear, from zebra-dile to lion-ephant! A very silly, but very charming book.
$11.99

Let's Explore... Safari

AFR344
Lonely Planet Publications
Lonely Planet Publications
2016
48
1760340391
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
Part of Lonely Planet’s "Let’s Explore..." series, this sticker activity book takes explorers ages 5 to 8 on safari with fascinating facts, puzzles and plenty of pages to color and complete.
$9.99

Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters, An African Tale

SAF114
John Steptoe
Lothrop Lee & Shepard
1987
32
0688040454
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
A traditional Zimbabwan folktale as adapted and illustrated for younger readers, ages 4-8.
$17.99

Africa, Cultural Atlas for Young People

AFR58
Jocelyn Murray
Facts on File
2007
96
0816068267
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Anthropologist Jocelyn Murray provides an illustrated overview of African cultures and history, including an introduction to the landscape and a two-page spread on each nation.
$35.00

African Wildlife Trivia

AFR227
Dawid van Lill
Struik
2008
128
1770075232
PAPER
Natural History
6/1/2017
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Full of facts and fun, this primer on the insects, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds of Africa contains eye-catching illustrations and information on African geography--a great introduction for kids and their parents.
$12.95

Get Bushwise on Safari

AFR328
Nadine Clarke
Random House
2013
188
1431702064
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Intended for readers ages 9 to 12 but great for the entire family, this illustrated, interactive field guide leads readers into three African settings: the Bushveld, the desert and a river.
$23.00

A Girl Named Disaster

ZIM09
Nancy Farmer
Scholastic Inc.
2012
309
0545356628
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
An 11-year-old girl embarks on a year-long odyssey from Mozambique to Zimbabwe in this gripping introduction to Southern Africa, the Shona and their ideas about the spirit world. The young adult book won the Newbery.
$7.99

I Will Always Write Back, How One Letter Changed Two Lives

ZIM23
Caitlin Alifirenka
Little Brown and Company
2016
416
0316241318
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
Alternating between the perspectives of all-American girl Caitlin and her bright pen pal Martin, this dual memoir covers their inspiring correspondence, opening up the differences between life in the West and life in developing Zimbabwe.
$10.99

More Books

African Predators

AFR114
M.G.L. Mills, Gus Mills, Martin Harvey (Photographer)
Smithsonian Institution Press
2001
160
1560980966
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
A natural history of the giant cats and other predators of Africa, covering evolution, behavior and conservation, and complemented by full-color photographs.
$39.95

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

The Big Cats and Their Fossil Relatives, An Illustrated Guide to Their Evolution and Natural History

BST50
Alan Turner, Mauricio Anton (Illustrator)
Columbia University Press
2000
256
0231102291
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
A thoroughly researched guide to modern felines and their ancestors.
$29.95

The Delta

AFR325
Tony Park
St. Martin's Press
2014
480
125005558X
HARD COVER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
Set on the Delta River in Botswana, this thriller tells the story of an assassin on the run after failing to kill the president of Zimbabwe.
$27.99

Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa

SAF12
Ian Sinclair, Phil Hockey, Warwick Tarboton
Princeton University Press
2011
447
069115225X
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
This compact, comprehensive field guide features 200 dazzling color plates covering 950 species of birds from South Africa to southern Mozambique. Fourth Edition.
$35.00

Footprint Zimbabwe

ZIM19
Lizzie Williams
Footprint Handbooks
2011
352
1907263217
HARD COVER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
The magnificent Victoria Falls, mighty Zambezi River, Hwange and Mana Pools game parks, Harare and Bulawayo are all covered in this authoritative guide.
$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

The Larger Illustrated Guide to Birds of Southern Africa

SAF343
Ian Sinclair
Struik
2014
464
1775840999
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
Featuring beautiful illustrations, calendar bars and distribution maps, the newly revised Struik guide to Southern African birds is a local bestseller.
$32.00

Leaving Before the Rains Come

ZIM22
Alexandra Fuller
Penguin Putnam
2016
272
0143128426
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
This memoir by the ever-insightful Fuller narrates the author’s marriage struggles, her upbringing and her tragic, complicated parents against the backdrop of the beautiful country of Zambia.
$17.00

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

The Peopling of Africa, A Geographic Interpretation

AFR140
James L. Newman
Yale University Press
1997
252
0300072805
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
An anthropological study of Africa, which considers, among other factors, genetics, religion, language and technology.
$26.00

Rainbow's End: A Memoir of Childhood, War and an African Farm

ZIM16
Lauren St. John
Simon and Schuster Inc.
2008
288
0743286804
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
A memoir of coming of age in war-town Rhodesia -- and the author's growing realization that she was on the wrong side of the conflict.
$18.99

The Remarkable Baobab

NAT71
Thomas Pakenham
W. W. Norton & Company
2004
144
0393059898
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
A celebration of the tremendous, twisted baobabs of Africa, Madagascar and Australia in 60 large-format color photographs.
$19.95

Safari Planning Map, East & Southern Africa

SAF340
The Africa Adventure Company
Perseus
2015
1
0939895218
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
This large-scale, colorful map covers the top safari countries and important wildlife reserves of East and Southern Africa. With enlargements of key regions like Northern Tanzania, Southern Kenya and Northern Botswana to Victoria Falls, the map includes information on planning your safari and climate graphs.
$11.95

South Africa, Namibia, Botswana Map

SAF63
Hallwag
Hallwag
2015
1
3828308457
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
This fold-out overview map of Southern Africa -- including South Africa, Namibia, Botswana -- is ideal for route planning.
$11.95

Southern African Mammals Made Simple

SAF342
Doug Newman
Struik
2014
104
1920572384
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
Profiling 115 mammals common to Southern Africa, many of which (bat-eared fox, oribi, hartebeest) are not found anywhere else. The guide offers a three-step, foolproof process for identifying similar-looking species.
$18.00

Without a Name and Under the Tongue

SAF110
yvonne Vera
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
2001
224
0374528160
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Two novels by the talented Zimbabwean writer.
$21.00

Worth Looking For

The Girl Who Married a Lion and Other Tales from Africa

AFR141
Alexander McCall Smith
Pantheon Books
2004
192
0375423125
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
1
McCall Smith brings together folktales, often hilarious or bizarre, which he heard as a child growing up in Zimbabwe.
$22.00

The Ukimwi Road: From Kenya to Zimbabwe

AFR01
Dervla Murphy
Overlook Press
1995
276
0879516712
HARD COVER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
1
An award-winning travel writer on a 3,000-mile adventure from Kenya to Zimbabwe.
$22.95

Exploration of Africa, From Cairo to the Cape

AFR03
Ann Hugon
Thames & Hudson UK
1993
173
0810928108
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
1
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.
$15.95