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  • Africaby John Reader

    Penguin Books Ltd 1998; US$ 27.18

    Drawing on many years of African experience, John Reader has written a book of startling grandeur and scope that recreates the great panorama of African history, from the primeval cataclysms that formed the continent to the political upheavals facing much of the continent today. Reader tells the extraordinary story of humankind's adaptation to the... more...

  • A Change of Tongueby Antjie Krog

    Random House Struik 2012; US$ 13.00

    Identity, belonging and voyages of personal discovery are but some of the themes inventively explored in Antjie Krog?s first full-length work to appear in English since the publication of Country of My Skull. Ranging freely and often wittily across many terrains, this brave book by one of South Africa?s foremost writers and poets provides a unique... more...

  • 8115: A Prisoner's Homeby Alf Kumalo; Zukiswa Wanner

    Penguin Books Ltd 2012; US$ 32.28

    In his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom , Nelson Mandela describes his house at 8115 Vilakazi Street, Soweto, as '... identical to hundreds of others ... it had the same standard tin roof, the same cement floor, a narrow kitchen, and a bucket toilet at the back.' Little did Mandela know when he first moved into the house in 1946 that it would become... more...

  • An African Slaving Port and the Atlantic Worldby Mariana Candido

    Cambridge University Press 2013; US$ 79.00

    Traces the history and development of the port of Benguela, on the coast of Africa, from the early seventeenth to the mid-nineteenth century. more...

  • An Account of the Empire of Morocco and the Districts of Suse and Tafileltby James Grey Jackson

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 186.00

    First published in 1814, this is an account "Compiled from Miscellaneous Observations Made During a Long Residence in, and Various Journeys Through, These Countries. To which is Added An Account of Shipwrecks on the Western Coast of Africa and an Interesting Account of Timbuctoo. more...

  • The Dead will Ariseby Jeff Peires

    Jonathan Ball Publishers 2013; US$ 17.50

    The Dead Will Arise tells the story of Nongqawuse, the young Xhosa girl whose prophecy of the resurrection of the dead lured an entire people to death by starvation. The Great Cattle-Killing of 1856-57, which she initiated, is one of the most extraordinary and misunderstood events in South Africa's history. Jeff Peires was the first historian to... more...

  • The Mirror at Midnightby Adam Hochschild

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2007; US$ 14.95

    History lies heavily on South Africa, and Adam Hochschild brings to bear a lifetime's familiarity with the country in an eye-opening work that blends history and reportage. Hochschild looks at the tensions of modern South Africa through a dramatic prism: the pivotal nineteenth-century Battle of Blood River -- which determined whether the Boers or... 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 Emperor: Downfall of an Autocratby Ryzard Kapuscinski

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 1983; US$ 12.95

    After Haile Selassie was deposed in 1974, Ryszard Kapu?ci?ski?Poland?s top foreign correspondent?went to Ethiopia to piece together a firsthand account of how the Emperor governed his country and why he fell from power. At great risk to himself, Kapu?ci?ski interviewed members of the imperial circle who had gone into hiding. The result is this remarkable... more...

  • Congoby David Van Reybrouck

    HarperCollins 2014; Not Available

    Hailed as "a monumental history . . . more exciting than any novel" (NRC Handelsblad),David van Reybrouck?s rich and gripping epic, in the tradition of Robert Hughes'  The Fatal Shore , tells the extraordinary story of one of the world's most devastated countries: the Democratic Republic of Congo.  Epic in scope yet eminently readable, penetrating... more...