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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?

1. Africa: A Biography of the Continent (1999)

 Best Africa Books: The Ultimate ListIn 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…
Author(s): John Reader

2. 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). Spanning the full breadth of the continent, from the bloody revolt in Algiers against the French to Zimbabwe’s civil war, Martin Meredith’s classic history focuses on the key personalities, events and themes of the independence era, and explains the myriad problems that Africa has faced in the past half-century. It covers recent events like the…
Author(s): Martin Meredith

3. 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. For artists, art historians, sociologists, and all those interested in the arts of the fourth world….
Author(s): Janet Catherine Berlo, Lee Anne Wilson

4. 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. It challenges current perceptions of African Art and presents it as intellectual and intentional in it’s own right, rather than as intuitive or “primal” impulses, as it has been previously perceived. The book also covers the entire continent of Africa, including Egypt, and incorporates the creative influences of Islamic and Christian religious artistic…
Author(s): Monica Blackmun Visoná, Robin Poynor , et al.

5. 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.  Already hugely popular on introductory African History courses, the book has been widely praised for its engaging and readable style, and is…
Author(s): Kevin Shillington

6. 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. With compelling narrative, he traces the rise and fall of ancient kingdoms and empires; the spread of Christianity and Islam; the enduring quest for gold and other riches; the…
Author(s): Martin Meredith

7. 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. Wander the cobbled streets and graceful pracas rimmed by once grand churches and stately colonial-era buildings, against a backdrop of turquoise seas, on the Unesco-listed Mozambique Island; drink your way around whitewashed Cape Dutch architecture and the endlessly photogenic hills and vines of South Africa’s Winelands; or discover the wildlife of the acacia-studded savannah of the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Africa and begin your…
Author(s): Lonely Planet , Anthony Ham, et al.

8. 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. Travelers will be able to determine which African safari destination is best for them and plan their trip step by step starting months before departure up to the day of arrival. We cover the best local and international safari tour operators with information on how to create a dream…
Author(s): Fodor’s Travel Guides

9. 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. In the mid-1860s, exploration had reached a plateau. The seas and continents had been mapped, the…
Author(s): Martin Dugard

10. 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. History of Africa, third edition:• offers a wealth of specially-drawn maps and carefully chosen photographs, a number of which are new for this edition• takes a deliberately African viewpoint of the European involvement in Africa• provides a carefully constructed…
Author(s): Kevin Shillington

11. 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 Books (See Top 100 in Books) #522911 in History (Books) #120630 in Philosophy (Books) Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest…
Author(s): Harvey Feinberg

12. 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. Comprehensive and straightforward coverage includes distinctive theoretical forms without the use of social science jargon.. Chapter topics include the prophet, religion, identity, and culture of Islam; communal identities and…
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 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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