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AFRICAN HISTORY, POLITICS, AND SOCIETY

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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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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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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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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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Written by RAMACHANDRA GUHA

Format: Trade Paperback, 704 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 02/03/2015

Price: $18.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-47478-0

New York Times Notable Book and a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year

A revelatory work of biography, Gandhi Before India is an illuminating portrait of the life, the work, and the historical context of one of the most abidingly influential—and controversial—men in modern history. From Gandhi’s birth in 1869, through his upbringing in Gujarat and his years as a student in London, to his two decades as a lawyer and community organizer in South Africa, acclaimed author Ramachandra...

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HOW A MILLION MIGRANTS ARE BUILDING A NEW EMPIRE IN AFRICA
Written by HOWARD W. FRENCH

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 02/03/2015

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-94665-2

A New York Times Notable Book 

One of the Best Books of the Year at The EconomistThe 
GuardianForeign Affairs

Chinese immigrants of the recent past and unfolding twenty-first century are in search of the African dream. So explains indefatigable traveler Howard W. French, prize-winning investigative journalist and former New York Times bureau chief in Africa and China, in the definitive account of this seismic geopolitical development. China’s burgeoning presence in Africa is already...

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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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FIELD NOTES FROM THE RACE TO SAVE OUR ENDANGERED RELATIVES
Written by NANCY J. MERRICK
Foreword by JANE GOODALL

Format: Hardcover, 288 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 06/17/2014

Price: $27.95

ISBN: 978-0-807-08490-8

Unbeknownst to much of the public, chimps are in trouble: censuses show them to be extinct in four African countries and nearly so in ten others. A large percentage of the remaining populations live in unprotected, increasingly fragmented forests.
 
When Nancy Merrick learned these startling facts in 2009, she decided it was past time to discover the extent to which chimpanzees are at risk across Africa and what can be done. Merrick had begun working with primates in 1972 as a young field...

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THE INSPIRING TRUE STORY OF ONE WOMAN'S DEVOTION TO THE ORPHANED CHILDREN OF KENYA
Written by MAMA ZIPPORAH

Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages

Publisher: Hatherleigh Press

On Sale: 04/29/2014

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-1-578-26493-3

Following the life and doings of Mama Zipporah, a modern day saint, Mother to the Motherless is the memoir of an incredible woman's inspiring true story of rising from the depths of abuse and poverty to found one of the most successful children's shelters in Kenya.

The beginnings of Mama Zipporah's life were filled with violence and hardship, as the challenges of an abusive father and an uncaring society left Mama and her mother virtually without options. Without the support of the...

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Written by DAVID BRION DAVIS

Format: Hardcover, 448 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 02/04/2014

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-26909-6

From the revered historian, the long-awaited conclusion of the magisterial history of slavery and emancipation in Western culture that has been nearly fifty years in the making.

David Brion Davis is one of the foremost historians of the twentieth century, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Bancroft Prize, and nearly every award given by the historical profession. Now, with The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation, Davis brings his staggeringly ambitious,...

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AN UNLIKELY EXPLORER AND THE AFRICAN ADVENTURE THAT TOOK THE VICTORIAN WORLD BY STORM
Written by MONTE REEL

Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 12/03/2013

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-74243-8

In 1856, Paul Du Chaillu ventured into the African jungle in search of a mythic beast, the gorilla. After wild encounters with vicious cannibals, deadly snakes, and tribal kings, Du Chaillu emerged with 20 preserved gorilla skins—two of which were stuffed and brought on tour—and walked smack dab into the biggest scientific debate of the time: Darwin's theory of evolution. Quickly, Du Chaillu's trophies went from objects of wonder to key pieces in an all-out intellectual war. With a wide...

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