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AFRICAN HISTORY, POLITICS, AND SOCIETY

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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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A TRUE STORY
Written by JOHNNY DWYER

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 03/22/2016

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-47499-5

At fifteen, Chucky Taylor was an average American teenager, growing up in the suburbs outside Orlando. Then he got a phone call from his father, a man who would become the infamous president dictator of Liberia, and later be convicted of crimes against humanity.
 
Arriving in West Africa and reunited with his father, Chucky soon found himself leading a murderous militia group tasked with carrying out the president’s vendettas. Young and drunk on power, and with no real training beyond watching...

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LAST JOURNALISTS IN A DICTATORSHIP
Written by ANJAN SUNDARAM

Format: Hardcover, 208 pages

Publisher: Doubleday

On Sale: 01/12/2016

Price: $25.95

ISBN: 978-0-385-53956-2

The author of the acclaimed Stringer: A Reporter’s Journey in the Congo now moves on to Rwanda for a gripping look at a country caught still in political and social unrest, years after the genocide that shocked the world.
 
Bad News is the story of Anjan Sundaram's time running a journalist's training program out of Kigali, the capital city of one of Africa's most densely populated countries, Rwanda. President Kagame’s regime, which seized power after the genocide that ravaged its population...

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Written by JONNY STEINBERG

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 12/08/2015

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-804-17104-5

When civil war came to Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, in January 1991, two-thirds of the city’s population fled. Among them was eight-year-old Asad Abdullahi. His mother murdered by a militia, his father somewhere in hiding, he was swept alone into the great wartime migration that scattered the Somali people throughout sub-Saharan Africa and the world.

This extraordinary book tells Asad’s story. Tossed from one catastrophe to another, Asad’s journey covers countries and continents, from...

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SLAVE EMANCIPATION AND LIBERTY FOR ALL
Written by DAVID R. ROEDIGER

Format: Trade Paperback, pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 11/03/2015

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-1-784-78025-8

Forceful and detailed account of the struggle for “freedom” after the American Civil War

How did America recover after its years of civil war? How did freed men and women, former slaves, respond to their newly won freedom? David Roediger’s radical new history redefines the idea of freedom after the jubilee, using fresh sources and texts to build on the leading historical accounts of Emancipation and Reconstruction.

Reinstating ex-slaves’ own “freedom dreams” in constructing these histories,...

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A TRUE STORY
Written by JOHNNY DWYER

Format: Hardcover, 368 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 04/07/2015

Price: $27.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-27348-2

Chucky Taylor is the American son of the infamous African dictator Charles Taylor. 

Raised by his mother in the Florida suburbs, at the age of 17 he followed his father to Liberia, where he ended up leading a murderous militia. Chucky is now in a federal penitentiary, the only American ever convicted of torture. 

This shocking and essential work of reportage tells his tragic and terrifying story for the first time.

"A dark triumph—a meticulous geopolitical narrative and gripping tale of an...

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JEFFREY SACHS AND THE QUEST TO END POVERTY
Written by NINA MUNK

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 10/07/2014

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-0-767-92942-4

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
BloombergForbesThe Spectator

In 2006, Jeffrey Sachs—celebrated economist, special advisor to the Secretary General of the United Nations, and author of the influential bestseller The End of Poverty— launched the Millennium Villages Project, a daring, $120-million experiment designed to test his theories about ending poverty. For six years, Nina Munk shadowed Sachs on his trips to Africa, listened in on conversations with heads-of-state and...

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TRANSFORMING LIVES, CREATING OPPORTUNITY

Format: Hardcover, 400 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 09/23/2014

Price: $27.95

ISBN: 978-0-385-34991-8

From the authors of the #1 New York Times best-selling Half the Sky, a unique and essential narrative about making a difference in the world—a road-map to becoming a conscientious global citizen. Soon to be the basis of a PBS four-hour series.

Equal in urgency and compassion to Half the Sky, this galvanizing new book from the acclaimed husband-and-wife team is even more ambitious in scale: nothing less than a deep examination of people who are making the world a better place, and the myriad...

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THE SOUL OF INEQUALITY IN AMERICAN LIFE

Format: Trade Paperback, 310 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 03/04/2014

Price: $18.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68313-2

Most people assume that racism grows from a perception of human difference: the fact of race gives rise to the practice of racism. Sociologist Karen E. Fields and historian Barbara J. Fields argue otherwise: the practice of racism produces the illusion of race, through what they call “racecraft.” And this phenomenon is intimately entwined with other forms of inequality in American life. So pervasive are the devices of racecraft in American history, economic doctrine, politics, and everyday...

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EVENTS OF 2013
Written by HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH
Introduction by KENNETH ROTH

Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

On Sale: 02/25/2014

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-1-609-80555-5

The 24th annual World Report summarizes human rights conditions in more than ninety countries and territories worldwide, reflecting extensive investigative work undertaken in 2013 by Human Rights Watch staff in close partnership with domestic human rights activists. World Report 2014 gives particular focus on the roles-positive or negative-played in each country by key domestic and international figures. This year’s report includes contributions from Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno, David...

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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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