Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Recommended Reading List (long)

This blog isnt just about surfing, but about my entire African experience. In order to prepare for life in Africa and to better understand the people a friend recommended the following list:

Must Read:
Geography of Sub-Saharan Africa by Aryeetey-Attoh, Samuel
*The Africans by Lamb, David
-A Short History of Africa by Roland Oliver and T.J. Fage (often recommended, but quite dated)
Government and Politics in Africa by Tordoff, William
Washing of the Spears by Morris, Donald

Africa, Misc.
Africa, edited by Phyllis M. Martin and Patrick O’Meara.
Africa 2006 by Les de Villiers; a publication of the Corporate Council on Africa and Business Books Intl.
The Atlas of African Affairs by Ieuan Griffiths
Democracy and Development in Africa by Claude Ake
*A Continent for the Taking: The Tragedy and Hope of Africa by Howard W. French
Politics and Society in Contemporary Africa. 3rd ed. by Chazan
*The Shackled Continent: Africa’s Past Present and Future by Robert Guest
Search for Africa: History, Culture, Politics Davidson, Basil
God Bless Africa (FR) by Bernard Lugan
Government and Politics in Africa. 3rd ed. Tordoff, William
How Europe Underdeveloped Africa by Rodney, Walter
France's Relationship to sub-Saharan Africa by Andereggen
In the shadow of the Sun by Ryszard Kapuscinski (Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania and Rwanda)
Out of America: A Black Man Confronts Africa By Keith B. Richburg
Mungo Park: Travels into the Interior of Africa
Genocide and Covert Operations in Africa, 1993-1999, Wayne Madsen
Washing of the Spears by Donald Morris
French Lessons in Africa by Biddlecomb
U.S. Foreign Policy Toward Africa by Schraeder, Peter J.
Africa in Chaos by Ayittey, Geroge
Free at Last? U.S. Policy Toward Africa and the End of the Cold War by Clough, Michael.
Introduction to African Religion by John S. Mbiti
African Religion by Laurenti Magessa
Into the House of the Ancestors: Inside the New Africa by Karl Maier
Africa’s Urban Past by Heinemann and Currey
Scramble for Africa by Pakenham
Lost Lion of Empire by Edward Paice
Africa Since 1800 by Oliver, Roland and Anthony Atmore
West Africa Before the Colonial Era by Basil Davidson
The Search for Africa by Basil Davidson
African History 2nd ed. Curtin
Ambiguous Order: Military Forces in African States by Herbert M. Howe\
African Guerrillas by Christopher S. Clapham
More than Humanitarianism: A Strategic U.S. Approach Toward Africa; Sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations; http://www.cfr.org/content/publications/attachments/Africa_Task_Force_Web.pdf
Africa By Road by Charles Shackell (Overland)
Malaria: A Traveller's Guide by Andrew Jamieson, Martine Maurel and Stephen Toovey
DVD: The battle of Algiers
*DVD: Lawrence of Arabia
DVD: The Wild Geese
Larson, Charles R., ed., Under African Skies (fiction from assorted African authors)
States and Power in Africa by Jeffrey Herbst (colonial boundaries)
Imagined Communities - Anderson (Maps & colonial boundaries)

Horn of Africa
Managing Conflict Policy: Exploring Strategic Complementarities in the Horn of Africa, draft book manuscript by Michael McGinnis.
Islamicism and its enemies in the Horn of Africa by Alex de Waal
Battling Terrorism in the Horn of Africa by Rotberg, Robert I.
Combating Terrorism in the Horn of Africa and Yemen by Deborah L. West http://bcsia.ksg.harvard.edu/BCSIA_content/documents/Yemen%20Report%20BCSIA.pdf
The Blue Nile by Alan Moorehead
The White Nile by Alan Moorehead

Kagnew Station Memoirs: http://www.geozazz.com/sitemap.htm and http://www.kagnewstation.com/index.html
*I Didn't Do It for You: How the World Betrayed a Small African Nation by Michela Wrong
Unfinished Business: Ethiopia And Eritrea At War by Dominique Jacquin-Berdal
Asmara: Africa's Secret Modernist City by Edward Denison
Surrender or Starve by Kaplan
A Life of My Choice by Wilfred Thesiger
The Pale Abysinnian – Bruce
WWII UK history from the London Gazette: http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/UN/UK/LondonGazette/ (Italy in North Africa, Ethiopia)
In Search of King Solomon's Mines by Tahir Shah
Wax and Gold: Tradition and Innovation in Ethiopian Culture by Donald L. Levine
Haile Selassie's War - the Italian-Ethiopian Campaign, 1935-1941 by Mockler, Anthony
The Emperor by Ryszard Kapuscinski
Ethiopia: Empire in Revolution - Ottaway
Éthiopie, la révolution hérétique by René Lefort
DVD: The unkown famine - J. Dimbleby

A Tear for Somalia, Douglas Collins

The Four Feathers (DVD) (Sudan)
Khartoum (DVD) (Sudan)

East Africa
*Dark Star Safari by Theroux
The Policy Factor: Agricultural Performance in Kenya and Tanzania by Michael Lofchie
Battle for the Bundu: The First World War in East Africa by Charles Miller
Dhow Chasing: In Zanzibar Waters by GJ Sulivan (1870 Royal Navy anti-slave trade)
Revolution in Zanzibar by Ambassador Donald Peterson
Raid on Entebbe (DVD)

West Africa
The Mask of Anarchy. Stephen Ellis
Travels in West Africa. Mary Kingsley
Malaria Dreams. Stevens, Stuart (Central African Republic, Cameroon, Chad, Niger, Mali and Algeria)
Wanderings in West Africa. Richard Burton
Sub-Saharan French - Familiarization and Short-Term Training by Department of State, Washington, DC. FSI.
African Friends and Money Matters: Observations from Africa by David Maranz
Piety and Power: Muslims and Christians in West Africa by Lamin Sanneh

Angry Wind: Through Muslim Black Africa by Truck, Bus, Boat, and Camel. By Jeffrey Tayler
The Gates of Africa: Death, Discovery, and the Search for Timbuktu by Anthony Sattin
*Sahara: The Life of the Great Desert by Marq De Villiers, Sheila Hirtle (Great, short survey)
Sahara Overland, 2nd : A Route and Planning Guide by Chris Scott

Côte d’Ivoire
Negrologie, pourquoi l’Afrique meurt. de Stephen Smith Nigeria
La Côte d'Ivoire Richer Paris (collective authors)

Federalism and Ethnic Conflict in Nigeria. By Rotimi N. Suberu
This House Has Fallen: Midnight in Nigeria. By Karl Maier
Things Fall Apart. By Chinua Achebe
A Man of the People by Chinua Achebe
DVD: Tears of the Sun

Liberia, Heart of Darkness by Gabriel Williams
Joint Task Force Liberia (account of 90's interventions by Marines)
Liberia: an uncivil war

Les Nomades du Niger, C. Beckwith, M. Van Offelen

La Mauritanie Belvaude, Catherine

Le Mali by Benoit Joseph Roger

Une si longue lettre, de Mariama Bâ

Senegal Blues by Brian Daldorph
Democracy in Senegal: Tocquevillian Analytics in Africa by Sheldon Gellar
The State Must Be Our Master of Fire: How Peasants Craft Culturally Sustainable Development in Senegal by Dennis C. Galvan
Senegal: An African Nation Between Islam and the West by Sheldon Gellar
Sufism And Religious Brotherhoods In Senegal by Khadim Mbacke
Peace Is Everything: World View of Muslims in the Senegambia by David E. Maranz

Central Africa
Rwanda Genocide by Prunier
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families by Philip Gourevitch
Shake Hands with the Devil by LGen Roméo Dallaire
The Graves are not yet full
Rwanda’s Hutu Extremist Insurgency: An Eyewitness Perspective by Richard Orth, http://research.yale.edu/ycias/database/files/GS25.pdf
*DVD: Frontline: Ghosts of Rwanda
DVD: Hotel Rwanda

DRC (Zaire)
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
The Troubled Heart of Africa: A History of the Congo by Robert Edgerton
King Leopold's Ghost by Adam Hochschild
In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz: Living on the Brink of Disaster in Mobutu's Congo by Michela Wrong
Facing the Congo : A Modern-Day Journey into the Heart of Darkness by Jeffrey Tayler
*The African Stakes of the Congo War by John F. Clark
The Congo: From Leopold to Kabila: A People's History by Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja
DVD: Lumumba (Congo)
*DVD: Mobutu, roi du Zaïre

L'Esprit de la Fôret: Terres du Gabon by Perrois Louis

Southern Africa
South Africa
Long Walk to Freedom Mandela, Nelson
The Mind of South Africa
Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton
DVD: Red Dust (TRC-Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings)
DVD: Cry the Beloved Country

Zimbabwe-Zambia (fmr Rhodesia)
Selous Scouts - Top Secret War by Ron R. Daly
Scouting on Two Continents by F.R. Burnham.
Where We Have Hope: A Memoir of Zimbabwe by Andrew Meldrum
What happens after Mugabe - Hill, G.

A Marriage of Inconvenience: Persecution of Ruth and Seretse Khama by Michael Dutfield

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