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  • The Ornament of the Worldby Maria Rosa Menocal

    Little, Brown and Company 2009; Not Available

    A brilliant and fascinating portrait of medieval Spain explores the golden age when Muslims, Jews, and Christians lived together in an atmosphere of tolerance. of photos. 3 maps. more...

  • Africa since 1940by Frederick Cooper

    Cambridge University Press 2002; US$ 21.00

    Bridges colonial and post-colonial history to explain the effects of political independence on the populace. more...

  • The Drug Wars in America, 1940?1973by Kathleen J. Frydl

    Cambridge University Press 2013; US$ 28.00

    Examines how and why the US government went from regulating illicit drug traffic and consumption to declaring war on both. more...

  • The Devil In The White Cityby Erik Larson

    Transworld 2010; US$ 14.06

    The Chicago World's Fair of 1893 and its amazing 'White City' was one of the wonders of the world. This is the incredible story of its realization, and of the two men whose fates it linked: one was an architect, the other a serial killer. The architect was Daniel H. Burnham, the driving force behind the White City, the massive, visionary... more...

  • King Leopold's Ghostby Adam Hochschild

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 1999; US$ 15.95

    In the 1880s, as the European powers were carving up Africa, King Leopold II of Belgium seized for himself the vast and mostly unexplored territory surrounding the Congo River. Carrying out a genocidal plundering of the Congo, he looted its rubber, brutalized its people, and ultimately slashed its population by ten million--all the while shrewdly... more...

  • The Atlantic Soundby Caryl Phillips

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2009; US$ 16.00

    In this fascinating inquiry into the African Diaspora, Caryl Phillips embarks on a soul-wrenching journey to the three major ports of the transatlantic slave trade. Juxtaposing stories of the past with his own present-day experiences, Phillips combines his remarkable skills as a travel essayist with an astute understanding of history. From an West... more...

  • Rwanda Means the Universeby Louise Mushikiwabo; Jack Kramer

    St. Martin's Press 2007; US$ 8.99

    Mushikiwabo is a Rwandan working as a translator in Washington when she learns that most of her family back home has been killed in a conspiracy meticulously planned by the state. First comes shock, then aftershock, three months of it, during which her worst fears are confirmed: The same state apparatus has duped millions of Rwandans into butchering... more...

  • Lose Your Motherby Saidiya Hartman

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2008; US$ 15.99

    In Lose Your Mother , Saidiya Hartman journeys along a slave route in Ghana, following the trail of captives from the hinterland to the Atlantic coast. She retraces the history of the Atlantic slave trade from the fifteenth to the twentieth century and reckons with the blank slate of her own genealogy. There were no survivors of Hartman?s lineage,... more...

  • The State of Africaby Martin Meredith

    Simon & Schuster UK 2011; US$ 16.99

    Africa is forever on our TV screens, but the bad-news stories (famine, genocide, corruption) massively outweigh the good (South Africa). Ever since the process of decolonialisation began in the mid-1950s, and arguably before, the continent has appeared to be stuck in a process of irreversible decline. Constant war, improper use of natural resources... more...

  • Ethnic Patriotism and the East African Revivalby Derek R. Peterson

    Cambridge University Press 2012; US$ 28.00

    This book focuses on the struggle between cosmopolitan Christian converts and East African patriots to define culture and community in the mid-twentieth century. more...