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Best Africa Books: The Ultimate List

Until you’ve consumed all of the best Africa books, can you even claim to be a true fan?

The Fate of Africa: A History of the Continent Since Independence (2011)

 Best Africa Books: The Ultimate ListThe Fate of Africa has been hailed by reviewers as “A masterpiece.The nonfiction book of the year” (The New York Post); “a magnificent achievement” (Weekly Standard); “a joy,” (Wall Street Journal) and “one of the decade’s most important works on Africa” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).
Author(s): Martin Meredith

Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas: Selected Readings (1992)

 Best Africa Books: The Ultimate ListBy focusing on the original scholarly contributions, rather than secondary description, this reader in tribal arts exposes the reader to the best original scholarship of 29 noted scholars in anthropology and art history. Each scholarly essay is well-illustrated, often with original field photographs as well as museum objects.
Author(s): Janet Catherine Berlo, Lee Anne Wilson

History Of Art In Africa (2004)

 Best Africa Books: The Ultimate ListThis innovative and comprehensive book approaches African Art from a historical perspective rather than an anthropological perspective. A History of Art in Africa shows how African Art has developed from beliefs, traditions, cultural and historical influences.
Author(s): Monica Blackmun Visoná, Robin Poynor , et al.

History of Africa (2018)

 Best Africa Books: The Ultimate ListThis fourth edition of this best-selling core history textbook offers a richly illustrated, single volume, narrative introduction to African history, from a hugely respected authority in the field. The market-leading range of illustrated material from prior editions is now further improved, featuring not only additional and redrawn maps and a refreshed selection of photographs, but the addition of full colour to make these even more instructive, evocative and attractive.
Author(s): Kevin Shillington

The Fortunes of Africa: A 5000-Year History of Wealth, Greed, and Endeavor (2016)

 Best Africa Books: The Ultimate ListAfrica has been coveted for its rich natural resources ever since the era of the Pharaohs. In past centuries, it was the lure of gold, ivory, and slaves that drew merchant-adventurers and conquerors from afar. In modern times, the focus of attention is on oil, diamonds, and other rare earth minerals.In this vast and vivid panorama of history, Martin Meredith follows the fortunes of Africa over a period of 5,000 years.
Author(s): Martin Meredith

Lonely Planet Africa (Travel Guide) (2017)

 Best Africa Books: The Ultimate Listis your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you.
Author(s): Lonely Planet , Anthony Ham, et al.

Fodor’s the Complete Guide to African Safaris: with South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, Namibia, & Rwanda (Full-color Travel Guide) (2018)

 Best Africa Books: The Ultimate ListWritten by local experts, Fodor’s travel guides have been offering advice and professionally vetted recommendations for all tastes and budgets for 80 years.Fodor’s correspondents highlight the best African safari destinations in both eastern and southern Africa.
Author(s): Fodor’s Travel Guides

Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone (2004)

 Best Africa Books: The Ultimate ListWith the utterance of a single line—“Doctor Livingstone, I presume?”—a remote meeting in the heart of Africa was transformed into one of the most famous encounters in exploration history. But the true story behind Dr. David Livingstone and journalist Henry Morton Stanley is one that has escaped telling. Into Africa is an extraordinarily researched account of a thrilling adventure—defined by alarming foolishness, intense courage, and raw human achievement.
Author(s): Martin Dugard

History of Africa (2012)

 Best Africa Books: The Ultimate ListHistory of Africa offers a richly illustrated introduction to the history of the entire continent, from earliest times right up to the present day. The third edition has been revised and updated in the light of recent research and provides more coverage of modern Africa. This successful text is now supported by a companion website.
Author(s): Kevin Shillington

Africans and Europeans in West Africa (Transactions of the American Philosophical Society) (1989)

 Best Africa Books: The Ultimate ListSeries: Transactions of the American Philosophical Society Paperback: 186 pages Publisher: Amer Philosophical Society (November 1, 1989) Language: English ISBN-10: 0871697971 ISBN-13: 978-0871697974 Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces Average Customer Review: Be the first to review this item Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,324,525 in Author(s): Harvey Feinberg

Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East (2nd Edition) (2000)

 Best Africa Books: The Ultimate ListThis book provides readers with a topical, social-anthropological introduction to the Middle East. It synthesizes historical, ethnographic, and socioeconomic data within a social science framework., and places in proper context the region’s distinctive “way of life” —which has always been at the crossroads of cultures and civilizations.
Author(s): Daniel G. Bates, Amal Rassam

Best Africa Books: The Ultimate List

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Library Genesis and download some africa books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Conflict and Growth in Africa : the Sahel.

Author(s): OECD
ID: 2147427, Publisher: Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development, Year: Set. 1999, Size: 633 Kb, Format: pdf

African Economic Outlook 2002-2003.

Author(s): OECD
ID: 2147375, Publisher: Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development, Year: March 2003, Size: 15 Mb, Format: pdf

The Kafir language: comprising a sketch of its history; which includes a general classification of South African dialects, ethnographical and geographical: remarks upon its nature: and a grammar

Author(s): John Whittle Appleyard
ID: 1027906, Publisher: Printed for the Wesleyan Missionary Society, Year: l850, Size: 14 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are truly chart-busters according to Chicago Tribune, others are written by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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