Suggested Reading List
Author: Collins Maps
Description: This folded, full-color map shows the continent and surrounding islands, including the Arabian Peninsula, on a single sheet at 1:10,000.000.
Africa, A Biography of the Continent
Author: John Reader
Description: With the ease of a practiced journalist, Reader weaves a masterful and lively tale of the continent, from ancient cultures to modern times. Both authoritative and informal, this is a splendid introduction to all of Africa.
Africa: Altered States, Ordinary Miracles
Author: Richard Dowden
Description: Africa editor of The Independent and The Economist, Richard Dowden draws on decades of experience in this multi-faceted, vivid portrait of contemporary Africa -- an Africa that, Dowden effectively argues, can only be developed by its own people.
African Art, An Introduction
Author: Frank Willett
Description: A concise, well illustrated overview of the art and culture of Africa, portraying the range of spectacular art produced throughout the ages.
Author: Peter Matthiessen
Description: In this narrative of Equatorial Africa, Matthiessen recounts several trips to The Gambia, Senegal, Zaire and the Congo Basin in search of rhinos, elephants and other endangered wildlife.
Author: James Kavanaugh
Description: Slip this laminated foldout guide in your pocket for quick reference in the field.
Another Day in the Life
Author: Ryszard Kapuscinski, William R. Brand (Translator), Katarzyna Mroczkowska-Brand (Translator)
Description: Kapuscinski's visceral eye-witness account of the Portuguese withdrawal from Angola and of the civil war that engulfed the West African nation in the 1960s.
King Leopold's Ghost, A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa
Author: Adam Hochschild
Description: An enthralling narrative of the 19th-century colonization of the Belgian Congo, written by an award-winning journalist. The focus of the book is Belgian King Leopold, who oversaw the colonization.
Kingdon Pocket Guide to African Mammals
Author: Jonathan Kingdon
Description: A convenient compact edition of Kingdon's gloriously illustrated Field Guide to African Mammals. With abbreviated information on identification, distribution, ecology and conservation status and the same 480 outstanding color illustrations and maps as its bigger cousin.
Lonely Planet Southern Africa
Author: Alan Murphy
Description: This hefty practical guide to the nine nations of southern Africa, including Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Swaziland, Malawi, Mozambique and Lesotho, is ideal for independent travelers on a multicountry tour.
Lonely Planet West Africa
Author: Lonely Planet
Description: A comprehensive guide to all West Africa, this is the book to carry for travels from Mauritania to Niger, with both a good overview of culture and history and the usual Lonely Planet attention to practical travel information.
Long Walk to Freedom
Author: Nelson Mandela
Description: An unpretentious tale of an extraordinary life, Mandela's autobiography is essential reading for an understanding of South Africa. His grace and his love for his country shine throughout.
My Traitor's Heart
Author: Rian Malan
Description: Afrikaner journalist Malan recounts his journey back to his homeland just before the collapse of Apartheid. He grapples with the black and white heart of South Africa, drawing on the 300-year history of his family in Africa and legends of the Zulu nation, in this beautifully written and brutally honest story of return.
Radcliffe Bailey, Memory As Medicine
Author: Carol Thompson
Description: Carol Thompson, curator of African art at High Museum of Art in Atlanta contribues an essay to this celebration of the work of Radcliffe Bailey, whose paintings, sculptures, installations, and large mixed media works that draw inspiration from African and other sources of visual representation.
Search Sweet Country
Author: Kojo Laing
Description: One of the great novels of Africa presented here in a 25th anniversary edition, it follows the lives of an eclectic and inextricably interconnected group of Ghanaians living in and around the sprawling, chaotic city of Accra in the mid-1970s.
Author: Amy Schoeman
Description: This revised edition of Shoenman's classic, first published in 1971, shows the magnificent landscapes, wildlife and nature of the Namib desert, Skeleton Coast and Northwest Namibia in 160 color essays and accompanying essays on geology, climate, nature and history.
The Scramble for Africa
Author: Thomas Pakenham
Description: Absorbing and meticulously researched, this in-depth history of the Victorian land grab in Africa includes excellent portraits of the egomaniacal personalities who overran the continent.
The Slave Trade
Author: James Walvin
Description: Photographs, paintings and contemporary maps give insight into the reality and global impact of the transatlantic slave trade in this lively entry in the incisive History Files series.
The World and a Very Small Place in Africa
Author: Donald R. Wright
Description: In this fascinating uncovering of the impact of globalization, Wright studies the settlement of Niumi, located at the mouth of the Gambia River in West Africa, considering how global events and history have affected this apparently sleepy backwater.