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AFRICAN HISTORY

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Translator TOBY WILKINSON
Introduction by TOBY WILKINSON

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages

Publisher: Penguin Classics

On Sale: 01/03/2017

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-141-39595-1

A collection of rare texts from Ancient Egypt, newly translated for this essential edition
 
The fascination that Ancient Egypt holds in our minds has many sources, but at the heart of it lie hieroglyphics. This extraordinary writing system was for many years seen as the ultimate puzzle, before finally being cracked in the 1820s. Preserved carved in stone or inked on papyri, hieroglyphic writings give a unique insight into an awe-inspiring but also deeply mysterious culture.
 
For this...

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THE MURDER OF A YOUNG AMERICAN, A SOUTH AFRICAN TOWNSHIP, AND THE SEARCH FOR TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION

Format: Hardcover, 544 pages

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau

On Sale: 06/28/2016

Price: $28.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-99450-6

A gripping investigation—in the vein of the podcast Serial—that reopens the murder of a young American woman in South Africa, an iconic case that calls into question our understanding of truth and reconciliation, loyalty, justice, race, and class

The story of Amy Biehl is well known in South Africa: The twenty-six-year-old white American Fulbright scholar was brutally murdered on August 25, 1993, during the final, fiery days of apartheid by a mob of young black men in a township outside Cape...

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HATSHEPSUT'S RISE TO POWER IN ANCIENT EGYPT
Written by KARA COONEY

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 10/13/2015

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-95677-4

Hatshepsut—the daughter of a general who usurped Egypt's throne and a mother with ties to the previous dynasty—was born into a privileged position in the royal household, and she was expected to bear the sons who would legitimize the reign of her father’s family. Her failure to produce a male heir was ultimately the twist of fate that paved the way for her improbable rule as a cross-dressing king.  At just over twenty, Hatshepsut ascended to the rank of pharaoh in an elaborate coronation...

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THE RISE OF THE POST-APARTHEID GENERATION IN DEMOCRATIC SOUTH AFRICA

Format: Trade Paperback, pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 03/24/2015

Price: $20.00

ISBN: 978-0-807-04750-7

Twenty years after the end of apartheid, a new generation is building a multiracial democracy in South Africa but remains mired in economic inequality and political conflict.
 
The death of Nelson Mandela in 2013 arrived just short of the twentieth anniversary of South Africa’s first free election, reminding the world of the promise he represented as the nation’s first Black president.  Despite significant progress since the early days of this new democracy, frustration is growing as...

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TRAVELLING DOWNRIVER THROUGH EGYPT'S PAST AND PRESENT
Written by TOBY WILKINSON

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 03/03/2015

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-0-804-16890-8

The Nile, like all of Egypt, is both timeless and ever-changing. In these pages, renowned Egyptologist Toby Wilkinson takes us on a journey downriver that is both history and travelogue. We begin at the First Nile Cataract, close to the modern city of Aswan. From there, Wilkinson guides us through the illustrious nation birthed by this great river. 

We see Thebes, with its Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, and Luxor Temple. We visit the fertile Fayum, the Great Pyramid of Giza, and...

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THE MANY FACES OF NELSON MANDELA
Written by DANNY SCHECHTER

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

On Sale: 11/26/2013

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-609-80557-9

From the makers of the major motion picture Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, a completely unique biography and thematic telling of the story of Nelson Mandela.  This book, which provided key source material for the film, is an unexpurgated collection of the views and opinions of South Africa’s first Black president, and it draws on Danny Schechter’s forty-year relationship with “Madiba,” as Nelson Mandela is known in his native South Africa.  

Each chapter of this unique portrait corresponds to...

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THE MANY FACES OF NELSON MANDELA
Written by DANNY SCHECHTER

Format: Hardcover, 272 pages

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

On Sale: 11/26/2013

Price: $35.00

ISBN: 978-1-609-80559-3

From the makers of the major motion picture Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, a completely unique biography and thematic telling of the story of Nelson Mandela.  This book, which provided key source material for the film, is an unexpurgated collection of the views and opinions of South Africa’s first Black president, and it draws on Danny Schechter’s forty-year relationship with “Madiba,” as Nelson Mandela is known in his native South Africa.  

Each chapter of this unique portrait corresponds to...

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LAND AS MATERIAL AND METAPHOR IN THE ARTS OF AFRICA

Format: Hardcover, 288 pages

Publisher: The Monacelli Press

On Sale: 11/12/2013

Price: $50.00

ISBN: 978-1-580-93370-4

Featuring more than 100 extraordinary works of art from 1800 to the present, Earth Matters reveals how African individuals and communities have visually mediated their most poignant relationships with the land–whether it be to earth as a sacred or medicinal material, as something uncovered by mining or claimed by burial, as a surface to be interpreted and turned to for inspiration, or as an environment to be protected. 

Both internationally recognized and emerging contemporary artists are...

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SAILORS, SLAVES, COMMONERS, AND THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF THE REVOLUTIONARY ATLANTIC

Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 09/03/2013

Price: $27.50

ISBN: 978-0-807-03317-3

Winner of the International Labor History Award

Long before the American Revolution and the Declaration of the Rights of Man, a motley crew of sailors, slaves, pirates, laborers, market women, and indentured servants had ideas about freedom and equality that would forever change history. The Many Headed-Hydra recounts their stories in a sweeping history of the role of the dispossessed in the making of the modern world.

When an unprecedented expansion of trade and colonization in the early...

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AN AMERICAN CHRISTIAN'S QUEST TO HELP ORPHANS IN AFRICA
Written by JOHN DONNELLY

Format: Hardcover, 200 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 07/10/2012

Price: $25.95

ISBN: 978-0-807-00132-5

American Christians, veteran reporter John Donnelly has discovered, are an ever-increasing source of aid in Africa, with some experts estimating that U.S. churches supply more resources to Africa than USAID. In A Twist of Faith, he tells the unlikely story of how faith and determination compelled one such American Christian to travel to Africa and open a school for children orphaned by the AIDS epidemic. David Nixon, a carpenter from North Carolina who had lived through his share of trouble,...

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UGANDA'S CHILDREN AND THE LORD'S RESISTANCE ARMY
Written by WOJCIECH JAGIELSKI
Translator ANTONIA LLOYD-JONES

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

On Sale: 02/21/2012

Price: $18.95

ISBN: 978-1-609-80350-6

On an average night in northern Uganda, tens of thousands of children head for the city centers to avoid capture by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). They find refuge on the floors of aid agencies or in the streets. In recent years, the civil society was almost completely destroyed by the LRA, itself made up almost entirely of kidnapped children. Piecing together what has been broken is proving to be a nearly impossible task. Polish journalist Wojciech Jagielski inserts himself into this...

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Format: Trade Paperback, 180 pages

Publisher: Titan Books

On Sale: 01/17/2012

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-0-857-68530-8

The world’s most universally admired politician is celebrated in words and images that span the globe. Internationally renowned photographer Antoinette Haselhorst has captured Nelson Mandela on camera on numerous occasions. This unique book is a reflection on the man himself, and his significance on the global stage.

Haselhorst combines her outstanding portraiture of Mandela with a series of tributes from celebrities, as well as lesser-known persons, creating a moving and colorful record of...

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