Africa A Biography Of The Continent

Author: John Reader
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 067973869X
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In 1978, paleontologists in East Africa discovered the earliest evidence of our divergence from the apes: three pre-human footprints, striding away from a volcano, were preserved in the petrified surface of a mudpan over three million years ago. Out of Africa, the world's most ancient and stable landmass, Homo sapiens dispersed across the globe.  And yet the continent that gave birth to human history has long been woefully misunderstood and mistreated by the rest of the world.

In a book as splendid in its wealth of information as it is breathtaking in scope, British writer and photojournalist John Reader brings to light Africa's geology and evolution, the majestic array of its landforms and environments, the rich diversity of its peoples and their ways of life, the devastating legacies of slavery and colonialism as well as recent political troubles and triumphs. Written in simple, elegant prose and illustrated with Reader's own photographs, Africa: A Biography of the Continent is an unforgettable book that will delight the general reader and expert alike.

The Last Great Ape A Journey Through Africa And A Fight For The Heart Of The Continent

Author: Ofir Drori
Publisher: Pegasus Books
ISBN: 1605984493
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An epic journey through Africa by a man who fell in love with a magical and disappearing world and made it his life’s work to protect it.  Winner of the Condé Nast Environmental Award

Staging heart-pounding, espionage-style raids, Ofir Drori and his organization, The Last Great Ape (LAGA), have put countless poachers and traffickers of endangered species behind bars, and they have fought back against a Kafkaesque culture of corruption. Before Ofir arrived in Cameroon, no one had ever even tried.The book reveals the intense beauty and strife that exist side by side in Africa, and Ofir makes the case that activism and dedication to a cause are still relevant in a cynical modern world. This dramatic story is one of courage and hope and, most importantly, a search for meaning. 64 color photographs

Travelin Man Across The Sahara And Beyond 8 Countries 2 Continents 1 Pair Of Pants

Author: Dennis D Feeheley
Publisher: ParkHampton Press
ISBN: 0578134195
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Dennis Feeheley is a 19 year-old teenager with a youthful dream to explore the world when he sets out with his brother John on an ill-advised, but incredible adventure to The Sahara Desert and beyond.... The year is 1977. It is long before the internet, cell phones, fax machines or ATMs. Much of the world is truly a mysterious place when the young brothers meet up in London to travel across Western Europe before crossing the Mediterranean Sea, and trekking across part of the Sahara Desert in Africa, and then back to London - All on $6 a day.... 'Travelin Man' is a true story bursting with adventure, heart-stopping action, unexpected humor, keen insights into Muslim culture, and a vivid portrayal of perseverance over adversity. With no maps, little planning, and less money; a fateful decision is made that sets the brothers off on the adventure of a lifetime.... Midway through the journey after stowing away on a ship across the Mediterranean Sea, the young brothers get lost out in the vast Sahara and desperately run out of money. Yet they must still somehow make it through a dangerous guerilla checkpoint and cross a closed Algerian-Moroccan border. An underlying tension builds to the final, frantic minutes and a harrowing decision that could change one of the brother's lives forever.... Throughout the compelling story, the will and determination of the human spirit shines. The brothers use their wits and nerve to overcome many dangerous obstacles with a good natured, but relentless do or die attitude. Although they make a truckload of mistakes, with youthful optimism and determination they just grit it out and do what they have got to do.... During their adventure they hide on trains; travel by foot, tractor, camel and hitch-hike over 1,000 miles through The Sahara Desert. They also experience traditional Muslim culture in the remote villages of the Sahara where, with few exceptions, they are treated with great kindness. An array of fascinating characters cross the tr

The Open Sore Of A Continent A Personal Narrative Of The Nigerian Crisis W E B Du Bois Institute

Author: Wole Soyinka
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0195119215
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On November 10, 1995, the Nigerian military government under General Sani Abacha executed dissident writer Ken Saro-Wiwa along with eight other activists, and the international community reacted with outrage. From the Geneva based International Commission of Jurists (who called the executions a criminal act of state murder) to governments around the world (including the United States) who recalled their ambassadors, to the Commonwealth of Former British Colonies, who suspended Nigeria from the group, the response was quick, decisive, and nearly unanimous: Nigeria is an outcast in the global village. The events that led up to Saro-Wiwa's execution mark Nigeria's decline from a post-colonial success story to its current military dictatorship, and few writers have been more outspoken in decrying and lamenting this decline than Nobel Prize laureate and Nigerian exile Wole Soyinka.
In The Open Sore of a Continent, Soyinka, whose own Nigerian passport was confiscated by General Abacha in 1994, explores the history and future of Nigeria in a compelling jeremiad that is as intense as it is provocative, learned, and wide-ranging. He deftly explains the shifting dramatis personae of Nigerian history and politics to westerners unfamiliar with the players and the process, tracing the growth of Nigeria as a player in the world economy, through the corrupt regime of Babangida, the civil war occasioned by the secession of Biafra under the leadership of Chief Odumegwu Ojukwu, the lameduck reign of Ernest Sonekan, and the coup led by General Sani Abacha, arguing that "a glance at the mildewed tapestry of the stubbornly unfinished nation edifice is necessary" to explain where Nigeria can go next. And, in the process of elucidating the Nigerian crisis, Soyinka opens readers to the broader questions of nationhood, identity, and the general state of African culture and politics at the end of the twentieth century. Here are a range of issues that investigate the interaction of peoples who have been shaped by the clash of cultures: nationalism, power, corruption, violence, and the enduring legacy of colonialism. In a world tormented by devastation from Bosnia to Rwanda, how do we define a nation: is it simply a condition of the collective mind, a passive, unquestioned habit of cohabitation? Or is what we think of as a nation a rigorous conclusion that derives from history? Is it geography, or is it a bond that transcends accidents of mountain, river, and valley? How do these varying definitions of nationhood impact the people who live under them? Soyinka concludes with a resounding call for international attention to this question: the global community must address the issue of nationhood to prevent further religious mandates and calls for ethnic purity of the sort that have turned Algeria, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Sri Lanka into killing fields.
Soyinka brings a lifetime of study and experience to bear on his writing, combining the skills of a poet and playwright with the astute political observations of a seasoned activist. An important and timely volume, The Open Sore of a Continent will be required reading for anyone who cares about Africa, human rights, and the future of the global village.

Tales From The Dark Continent

Author: Charles Allen
Publisher: Futura Publishing Co Inc
ISBN: 0708819303
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Charles Allen captures the vanished world of British Colonial Africa in the recollections of the pioneering men and women who lived and worked there.


Author: John Reader
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141926937
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Reader tells the extraordinary story of humankind's adaptation to the ferocious obstacles of forest, river and desert, and to the threat of debilitating parasites, bacteria and viruses unmatched elsewhere in the world.


Author: John Reader
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0140266755
Size: 29.15 MB
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

The Fate Of Africa

Author: Martin Meredith
Publisher: PublicAffairs
ISBN: 1610391322
Size: 60.13 MB
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The nonfiction book of the year" (The New York Post); "a magnificent achievement" (Weekly Standard); "a joy," (Wall Street Journal) and "one of the decade's most important works on Africa" (Publishers Weekly, starred review).


Author: John Iliffe
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521484220
Size: 54.97 MB
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The history of the continent is thus a single story binding living Africans to the earliest human ancestors.

Fortunes Of Africa

Author: Martin Meredith
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1471135462
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He examines, too, the fate of modern African states and concludes with a glimpse into their future. This is history on an epic scale.

The Bright Continent

Author: Dayo Olopade
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0547678339
Size: 30.88 MB
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“A hopeful narrative about a continent on the rise.” —New York Times Book Review "For anyone who wants to understand how the African economy really works, The Bright Continent is a good place to start." —Reuters Dayo Olopade knew ...

Africa A History

Author: Alvin M. Josephy
Publisher: New Word City
ISBN: 161230978X
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In just the last half century, independence has swept away the old maps and colonial ways to jar the balance of the world. Here is Africa's story.

China S Second Continent

Author: Howard W. French
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0385351682
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One of the Best Books of the Year at • The Economist • The Guardian • Foreign Affairs

History Of Africa

Author: Kevin Shillington
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 1137003332
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Building on the book's established reputation and success, this third edition has been revised and updated throughout in the light of new research and recent events. A companion website now also supports the text.