Two tales of a city: The historical race to reach one of the world's most mythologized places, and the story of how a contemporary band of archivists and librarians, fighting to save its ancient ... read more

The Book Smugglers of Timbuktu: The Race to Reach the Fabled City and the Fantastic Effort to Save its Past
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The end of the Second World War signalled the rapid end of the European African empires. In 1945, only four African countries were independent; by 1963, thirty African states created the Organization of African Unity. Despite formidable problems, the 1960s were a time of optimi... read more

Africa : A Modern History
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After decades of cultural and political turmoil, Nelson Mandela's inauguration as president of South Africa in 1994 seemed to usher in an age of peaceful, rational change. But, as R. W. Johnson recounts in his sweeping histo... read more

Nophoto
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Between 1856 and 1876, five explorers, all British, took on the seemingly impossible task of discovering the source of the White Nile. Showing exceptional courage and extraordinary resilience, Richard Burton, John Hanning Spe... read more

Explorers of the Nile : The Triumph and Tragedy of a Great Victorian Adventure
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Maathai argues that Africans need to revive their sense of identity, their cultural inheritance, and a shared sense of common purpose to face the challenges posed by endemic corruption, the legacies of colonialism and the Cold and civil ... read more

The Challenge for Africa: New Vision for a Forgotten Continent
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This is a revised edition of the definitive portrait of the global network of blood diamonds. First discovered in 1930, the diamonds of Sierra Leone have funded one of the most savage rebel campaigns in modern history. These "b... read more

Blood Diamonds: Tracing the Deadly Path of the World's Most Precious Stones
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Author and philanthropist Lapierre offers a harrowing overview of South African history, from Jan Van Riebeeck's first Dutch farming settlement to the presidential election of Nelson Mandela, including the founding of The Orange Free State... read more

A Rainbow in the Night: The Tumultuous Birth of South Africa
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For troops in the desert, Cairo meant fleshpots or brass hats. For well-connected officers, it meant polo at the Gezira Club and drinks at Shepheard's. For the irregular warriors, Cairo was a city to throw legendary parties before the next mission behind enemy lines. For countless refugees, it was a s... read more

Cairo in the War: 1939-45
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Epic yet eminently readable, penetrating and profoundly moving, 'Congo' traces the fate of one of the world's most devastated countries, second only to war-torn Somalia: the Democratic Republic of Congo. With a span of several hundred years and an enormous cast of characters, 'Congo' chronicles the mo... read more

Congo
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The 21st century will be the century of Africa. If poverty and violence are still rampant, economic growth has taken off again and a middle class is developing. This title presents the different facets of this Africa, which will soon have a billion people, at the mid point of the most rapid population boom that humanity has ever known.

Africa's Moment
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The terrible 1984 famine in Ethiopia focused the world's attention on the country and the issue of aid as never before. Anyone over the age of 30 remembers something of the events - if not the original TV pictures, then Band Aid and Live Aid, Geldof and Bo... read more

Famine and Foreigners: Ethiopia Since Live Aid
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In this vast and vivid panorama of history, Martin Meredith, bestselling author of The State of Africa, follows the fortunes of Africa over a period of 5,000 years. With compelling narrative, he traces the rise and fall of ancient kingdoms and empires; the spread of Christianity and Islam; the endurin... read more

Fortunes of Africa: A 5,000 Year History of Wealth, Greed and Endeavour
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