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Africa

  • Waterlooby Paul O'Keeffe

    Random House 2014; US$ 35.20

    This was the scene after midnight, 19 June 1815: On the battlefield more than 50,000 men and 7,000 horses lay dead and wounded; the wreckage of a once proud French Grande Armée was struggling in abject disorder to the Belgian frontier pursued by murderous Prussian lancers; caked in dust and sweat, the Duke of Wellington began writing... more...

  • Abducting a Generalby Patrick Leigh Fermor

    Hodder & Stoughton 2014; Not Available

    A daring behind-enemy-lines mission from the author of A Time of Gifts and The Broken Road, who was once described by the BBC as 'a cross between Indiana Jones, James Bond and Graham Greene'. more...

  • Abducting a Generalby Patrick Leigh Fermor

    Hodder & Stoughton 2014; US$ 28.65

    A daring behind-enemy-lines mission from the author of A Time of Gifts and The Broken Road, who was once described by the BBC as 'a cross between Indiana Jones, James Bond and Graham Greene'. more...

  • Music and Social Change in South Africaby Kathryn Olsen

    Temple University Press 2014; US$ 64.50

    Music and Social Change in South Africa looks at contemporary maskanda-a folk musical genre distinguished by fast guitar picking and blues-style vocal intonation-against the backdrop of South Africa's history. A performance practice that emerged in the early decades of the twentieth century among Zulu migrant workers, maskanda is strongly associated... more...

  • Napoleon the Greatby Andrew Roberts

    Penguin Books Ltd 2014; Not Available

    From Andrew Roberts, author of the Sunday Times bestseller The Storm of War , this is the definitive modern biography of Napoleon It has become all too common for Napoleon Bonaparte's biographers to approach him as a figure to be reviled, bent on world domination, practically a proto-Hitler. Here, after years of study extending even... more...

  • 1491by Charles C. Mann

    Granta Publications 2014; US$ 17.32

    Up until very recently it was believed that in 1491, the year before Columbus landed, the Americas, one-third of the earth's surface, were a near-pristine wilderness inhabited by small roaming bands of indigenous people. But recently unexpected discoveries have dramatically changed our understanding of Indian life. Many scholars now argue that the... more...

  • Beslanby Timothy Phillips

    Granta Publications 2014; US$ 11.99

    'Timothy Phillips ... has reconstructed from the testimony of many hundreds of witnesses the hellish events of that September ... His work is a fit memorial to the dead' Literary Review more...

  • Emissaries from the Holy Landby Matthias Lehmann

    Stanford University Press 2014; US$ 60.00

    For Jews in every corner of the world, the Holy Land has always been central. But that conviction was put to the test in the eighteenth century when Jewish leaders in Palestine and their allies in Istanbul sent rabbinic emissaries on global fundraising missions. From the shores of the Mediterranean to the port cities of the Atlantic seaboard, from... more...

  • The Courage of ¦¦kabboby Janette Deacon; Pippa Skotnes

    University of Cape Town Press 2014; US$ 31.99

    Just over a century ago, Specimens of Bushman Folklore first appeared in print. A project of Wilhelm Bleek, Lucy Lloyd, ||kabbo, Dia!kwain, and several of their kin, that book first brought the oral traditions of the |xam to the attention of the public. The Courage of ||kabbo is a collective testimony to the enduring value of the Bleek and Lloyd... more...

  • A History of the Modern Australian Universityby Hannah Forsyth

    NewSouth 2014; US$ 27.99

    In 1857 all of the Arts students at the University of Sydney could fit into a single photograph. Now there are more than one million university students in Australia. After World War II, Australian universities became less elite but more important, growing from six small institutions educating less than 0.2 per cent of the population to a system enrolling... more...