Africa A Biography Of The Continent

Author: John Reader
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 067973869X
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In 1978, paleontologists in East Africa discovered the earliest evidence of our divergence from the apes: three pre-human footprints, striding away from a volcano, were preserved in the petrified surface of a mudpan over three million years ago. Out of Africa, the world's most ancient and stable landmass, Homo sapiens dispersed across the globe.  And yet the continent that gave birth to human history has long been woefully misunderstood and mistreated by the rest of the world.

In a book as splendid in its wealth of information as it is breathtaking in scope, British writer and photojournalist John Reader brings to light Africa's geology and evolution, the majestic array of its landforms and environments, the rich diversity of its peoples and their ways of life, the devastating legacies of slavery and colonialism as well as recent political troubles and triumphs. Written in simple, elegant prose and illustrated with Reader's own photographs, Africa: A Biography of the Continent is an unforgettable book that will delight the general reader and expert alike.

Through The Dark Continent Volume 1

Author: Henry M. Stanley
Publisher: Independently published
ISBN: 151907123X
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In 1874, Henry Morton Stanley set out on an expedition into the heart of Africa.

For the next three years, he penetrated more deeply into the continent than any of his daring predecessors and aimed to set at rest certain problems which had long confused geographers about the African interior.

In this remarkable journey Stanley along with his team travelled through regions hitherto unexplored by Europeans, found friendship and conflict with African kings, survived through some of the most inhospitable climates and withstood vicious diseases.

It is a remarkable account of late nineteenth century exploration, undertaken shortly before the advent of the ‘Scramble for Africa.’

Beginning in Zanzibar, Stanley explored and mapped the vast landscape of Central Africa, locating the source of the Nile, circumnavigated Lake Victoria and travelled down the Congo river, meeting many fascinating and wealthy kings.

The Spectator stated that readers should particularly enjoy “his glowing descriptions of the scenery and vegetation of some parts of his route, and especially of the grand country round the Great Lake; his portrait of the kopi, of Uganda, who is a remarkable study, and his account of the beautifully constructed dwellings and implements of the people.”

Through the Dark Continent is essential reading for anyone interested in nineteenth century Africa and the European explorers who travelled through it.

Sir Henry Morton Stanley was a Welsh-American nineteenth century explorer and writer. He famously found David Livingstone in the heart of Africa and stated, “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?” He was knighted in 1899 and died five years later. This book was published in 1878.

Africa S Billionaires Inspirational Stories From The Continent S Wealthiest People

Author: Chris Bishop
Publisher: Penguin
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A masterclass in becoming a wealth-generating entrepreneur!
Do you have what it takes to become a billionaire? Written by the founder of Forbes Africa, this is a masterclass on how the brightest and most successful entrepreneurs across Africa made their fortunes, as well as a timely look at how the work of entrepreneurs can influence lives in Africa and create the jobs that empty state coffers can no longer afford. Chris Bishop gets up close and personal with the biggest names in business on the continent: Aliko Dangote, Patrice Motsepe, Nicky Oppenheimer, Christo Wiese, Wendy Appelbaum and Stephen Saad, among others. These are the stories of how they not only survived, but thrived, in the fast and furious world of African business: Narendra Raval, the penniless priest who became a steel baron; Tim Tebeila, the barefoot apple-seller who turned into a mining millionaire; Herman Mashaba, the ‘knocksman’ who went from running dice games and dealing drugs to running a city; Pascal Dozie, the economics student who studied with Mick Jagger … This is a rich tapestry of stories about the super-wealthy and the qualities that make them so spectacularly successful, in arguably the most challenging economic arena in the world.

The Last Great Ape A Journey Through Africa And A Fight For The Heart Of The Continent

Author: Ofir Drori
Publisher: Pegasus Books
ISBN: 1605983276
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An epic journey through Africa by a man who fell in love with a magical and disappearing world and then transformed himself into a warrior on the front lines to protect it.
Staging heart-pounding, espionage-style raids, Ofir Drori and his organization, The Last Great Ape (LAGA), have put countless poachers and traffickers of endangered species behind bars, and they have fought back against a Kafkaesque culture of corruption.  Before Ofir arrived in Cameroon, no one had ever even tried.

The Last Great Ape follows a young Ofir on fantastical adventures as he crosses remote African lands by camel, on a horse, and in dug-out canoes, while living with exotic tribes and struggling against nature at its rawest: charging elephants and hyenas, flash floods, and the need to eat river algae and snails to stay alive.  The story moves from places of extreme beauty to those of the darkest horror: the war zones of Sierra Leone and Liberia.  Ofir begins to work as a photojournalist in order to expose his shocking encounter with war victims and child soldiers.  His experiences forge in him a resolution to become an activist and to fight for justice.

The search for a cause eventually leads him to Cameroon.  When Ofir discovers that no one is fighting to disprove Jane Goodall's dark prophesy that apes in the wild will be extinct in twenty years, he decides that he is the man to step in; because he knows he can make a difference, he sees it as his responsibility.  And LAGA is born.

The Last Great Ape is a story of the fight against extinction and the tragedy of endangered worlds, not just of animals but of people struggling to hold onto their culture.  The book reveals the intense beauty and strife that exist side by side in Africa, and Ofir makes the case that activism and dedication to a cause are still relevant in a cynical modern world.  This dramatic story is one of courage and hope and, most importantly, a search for meaning.

Through The Dark Continent Or The Sources Of The Nile Around The Great Lakes Of Equatorial Africa And Down The Livingstone River To The Atlantic Ocean

Author: Henry Morton Stanley
Publisher: Ulan Press
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Author: John Reader
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141926937
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Reader tells the extraordinary story of humankind's adaptation to the ferocious obstacles of forest, river and desert, and to the threat of debilitating parasites, bacteria and viruses unmatched elsewhere in the world.


Author: John Reader
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0140266755
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Includes bibliographical references and index.


Author: John Iliffe
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781139464246
Size: 77.85 MB
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Africans: The History of a Continent is thus a single story binding living Africans to their earliest human ancestors.

The State Of Africa

Author: Martin Meredith
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0857203894
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Authoritative, provocative and consistently fascinating, this is a major book on one of the most important issues facing the West today.

China S Second Continent

Author: Howard W. French
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0385351682
Size: 57.41 MB
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One of the Best Books of the Year at • The Economist • The Guardian • Foreign Affairs

Fortunes Of Africa

Author: Martin Meredith
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1471135462
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He examines, too, the fate of modern African states and concludes with a glimpse into their future. This is history on an epic scale.


Author: Richard Dowden
Publisher: Granta Books
ISBN: 1846273145
Size: 64.44 MB
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Richard Dowden has written, after thrity-five years on the continent, a memoiristic history of its peoples' experiences in the wake of the European withdrawal and the superpowers' arrival.

The Bright Continent

Author: Dayo Olopade
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0547678339
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“A hopeful narrative about a continent on the rise.” —New York Times Book Review "For anyone who wants to understand how the African economy really works, The Bright Continent is a good place to start." —Reuters Dayo Olopade knew ...

Oral Epics From Africa

Author: John William Johnson
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 9780253211101
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The stories are engaging, and the free-verse translations are surprisingly readable.... Recommended for all academic collections.


Author: Tim Jeal
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300142234
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Jeal re-creates Stanley's rise to success, his friendships and romantic relationships, and his life-changing decision to assume an American identity.