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The Slave Ship: A Human History

by Marcus Rediker

In this widely praised history of an infamous institution, award-winning scholar Marcus Rediker shines a light into the darkest corners of the British and American slave ships of the eighteenth century. Drawing...


Land, Mobility, and Belonging in West Africa: Natives and Strangers

by Carola Lentz

Focusing on an area of the savannah in northern Ghana and southwestern Burkina Faso, Land, Mobility, and Belonging in West Africa explores how rural populations have secured, contested, and negotiated access...


Life Laid Bare: The Survivors in Rwanda Speak

by Jean Hatzfeld & Linda Coverdale

"To make the effort to understand what happened in Rwanda is a painful task that we have no right to shirk–it is part of being a moral adult."

–Susan Sontag

In the late 1990s, French author and journalist...


Slaver's Wheel: A Green Beret's True Story of His Classified Mission in the Congo

by Jack Lawson

The Congo, 1960. The United Nations grants the former colony independence from Belgium. Patrice Lumumba becomes prime minister. All hell breaks loose. This is the true, never-before-told story of a clandestine...


Precolonial Black Africa

by Cheikh Anta Diop & Harold Salemson

This comparison of the political and social systems of Europe and black Africa from antiquity to the formation of modern states demonstrates the black contribution to the development of Western civilization....


Tippi - My Book of Africa

by Tippi Degré, Sylvie Robert & Alain Degré

This book takes the reader on a delightful journey into Africa and into the world of a little girl called Tippi who tells her unforgettable story on her return from Africa to France at the age of ten.


A Rainbow in the Night: The Tumultuous Birth of South Africa

by Dominique Lapierre

In 1652 a small group of Dutch farmers landed on the southernmost tip of Africa. Sent by the powerful Dutch India Company, their mission was simply to grow vegetables and supply ships rounding the cape. The...


Consuming the Congo: War and Conflict Minerals in the World's Deadliest Place

by Peter Eichstaedt

Going behind the headlines and deep into the brutal world of the Congo, this exposé examines why eastern Congo is the most dangerous place on the planet. While the Western world takes for granted its creature...


My Traitor's Heart: A South African Exile Returns to Face His Country, His Tribe, and His Conscience

by Rian Malan

“Here is truth-telling at its most exemplary and courageous. The remorseless exercise of a reporter’s anguished conscience gives us a South Africa we thought we knew all about: but we knew nothing.” —John...


Through the Eyes of a South African Woman and Other Children

by Andrina D. Abrahamse

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In 1958, South Africa was going through one of its most horrendous eras - Apartheid. Andrina Abrahamse writes a riveting, personal account of her experiences growing up and working during this pivotal...


The African American People: A Global History

by Molefi Kete Asante

The African American People is the first history of the African American people to take a global look at the role African Americans have played in the world. Author Molefi Kete Asante synthesizes the familiar...


The Pirates of Somalia

by Jay Bahadur

Somalia, on the tip of the Horn of Africa, has been inhabited as far back as 9,000 BC. Its history is as rich as the country is old. Caught up in a decades-long civil war, Somalia, along with Iraq and Afghanistan,...


Nigeria: After the Nightmare

by Iyorwuese Hagher

Nigeria: After the Nightmare is an in-depth look into the Nigerian experience, explaining what went wrong during the country’s thirty years of dictatorship. The book describes Nigeria's problems including...


West Africa before the Colonial Era: A History to 1850

by Basil Davidson

This is a survey of pre-colonial West Africa, written by the internationally respected author and journalist, Basil Davidson. He takes as his starting point his successful textA History of West Africa 1000-1800...


Mimi and Toutou's Big Adventure: The Bizarre Battle of Lake Tanganyika

by Giles Foden

When the First World War breaks out, the British navy is committed to engaging the enemy wherever there is water to float a ship—even if the body of water in question is a remote African lake and the enemy...


Making Modern Girls: A History of Girlhood, Labor, and Social Development in Colonial Lagos

Prevail: The Inspiring Story of Ethiopia's Victory over Mussolini's Invasion, 1935¿1941

by Jeff Pearce & Richard Pankhurst

It was the war that changed everything, and yet it’s been mostly forgotten: in 1935, Italy invaded Ethiopia. It dominated newspaper headlines and newsreels. It inspired mass marches in Harlem, a play on Broadway,...


Islamic Reform and Arab Nationalism

by Amal N Ghazal

Bridging African and Arab histories, this book examines the relationship between Islam, nationalism and the evolution of identity politics from late 19th Century to World War II. It provides a cross-national,...


The Politics of Race, Class and Nationalism in Twentieth Century South Africa

by Shula Marks & Stanley Trapido

"The standard of contribution is high . . . the reader gets a good sense of the cutting edge of historical research."

- African Affairs


Radio Congo: Signals of Hope from Africa's Deadliest War

by Ben Rawlence

While poring over dust-caked pamphlets in the library, Ben Rawlence stumbles upon the photo of a lost city of colonial Congo--a glistening, modern metropolis built by huge tin mines and European capitalists....