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Africa: New Books from AfricaFocus Subscribers

AfricaFocus Bulletin
Dec 18, 2009 (091218)
(Reposted from sources cited below)

Editor's Note

This AfricaFocus Bulletin has recent books (2008 and 2009) from AfricaFocus subscribers, including authors, editors, contributors, and publishers. It's a very substantial list, but I'm sure some have escaped my notice. If you are an AfricaFocus subscriber, check this out for your own books and those by the your fellow subscribers. If you are an author or editor and don't find your recently published book here, do let me know (at africafocus@igc.org), and I'll add it below.

Almost all the books below are available through Amazon, but several of the most interesting are not: Ellen Namhila's Tears of Courage, Mukoma wa Ngugi's Nairobi Heat, and the collection of papers on Southern Africa, with a special focus on Angola, edited by Nuno Vidal and Patrick Chabal, . If anyone can suggest a convenient way to order these books in Europe or North America, I would most appreciate getting the information to add it below. [UPDATE 2010: Nairobi Heat is now available through Amazon; see link below.]

For other recent book suggestions and CDs, and the much wider range of books listed in AfricaFocus Bookshop, see the links at the bottom of the page.

And finally, for your enjoyment, there is one recent book urged on me by an AfricaFocus subscriber in Zimbabwe. That's The Last Resort: A Memoir of Zimbabwe by Douglas Rogers (http://www.africafocus.org/books/isbn.php?0307407977). Written with humor and nuance, it's well worth the read. I am by instinct skeptical of books by white Zimbabweans, and I don't often quote Time magazine, but after reading the book, I must agreed with the magazine's reviewer:

"Do we really need another memoir by a white Zimbabwean? The surprising answer is yes, if it's as good as Douglas Rogers' The Last Resort .. [it moves] beyond memoir to become a chronicle of a nation. There is black and white, yes, but much more in the shades and tones of their mix - and it is in exploring them that Rogers, too, find his art." - Time

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Update & Reminder

After these issues on new books, there will be one more AfricaFocus in the coming days, before a holiday break of several weeks.

But don't forget, AfricaFocus still needs your support. If you are able to make a voluntary subscription payment and have not yet done so this year, go to http://www.africafocus.org/support.php to make a secure on-line payment or print out a form to send in with your check or money order. Your support is much appreciated.

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New Books (2008 and 2009) by AfricaFocus Subscribers (authors, editors, or contributors)

For more books by AfricaFocus subscribers, see
http://www.africafocus.org/books/subscribers.php

Adekeye Adebajo, ed., From Global Apartheid to Global Village: Africa and the United Nations
http://www.africafocus.org/books/isbn.php?1869141725

Adekeye Adebajo and Abdul Raufu Mustapha, eds., Gulliver's Troubles: Nigeria's Foreign Policy After the Cold War
http://www.africafocus.org/books/isbn.php?1869141482

Gary Baines, Beyond the Border War: New Perspectives on Southern Africa's Late-Cold War Conflicts
http://www.africafocus.org/books/isbn.php?1868884562

Dorina Bekoe, Implementing Peace Agreements: Lessons from Mozambique, Angola, and Liberia
http://www.africafocus.org/books/isbn.php?0230602592

Iris Berger, South Africa in World History
http://www.africafocus.org/books/isbn.php?019533793X

Patrick Bond et al., eds., Climate Change, Carbon Trading and Civil Society: Negative Returns on South African Investments
http://www.africafocus.org/books/isbn.php?1869141415

Gerald Caplan, The Betrayal of Africa
http://www.africafocus.org/books/isbn.php?0888998244

Richard Dowden, Africa: Altered States, Ordinary Miracles
http://www.africafocus.org/books/isbn.php?1586487531

Premesh Lalu, The Deaths of Hintsa: Post-Apartheid South Africa and the Shape of Recurring Pasts
http://www.africafocus.org/books/isbn.php?0796922330

Martha Honey, Ecotourism and Sustainable Development, Second Edition: Who Owns Paradise?
http://www.africafocus.org/books/isbn.php?1597261262

Gerald Horne, The End of Empires: African Americans and India
http://www.africafocus.org/books/isbn.php?1592139000

Bronwen Manby, Struggles for Citizenship in Africa
http://www.africafocus.org/books/isbn.php?1848133529

Dale McKinley and and Ahmed Veriava, 'Forgotten' Voices in the Present: alternative, post-1994 oral histories from three poor communities in South Africa
No longer available in print but can be downloaded from South African History Archive, http://www.saha.org.za

Henning Melber and Roger Southall, eds., A New Scramble for Africa?: Imperialism, Investment and Development
http://www.africafocus.org/books/isbn.php?1869141717

Getachew Metaferia, Ethiopia and the United States- History, Diplomacy, and Analysis
http://www.africafocus.org/books/isbn.php?087586645X

Alois Mlambo and Brian Raftopoulos, eds., Becoming Zimbabwe. A History from the Pre-colonial Period to 2008
http://www.africafocus.org/books/isbn.php?1779220839

Marissa Moorman, Intonations: A Social History of Music and Nation in Luanda, Angola, from 1945 to Recent Times
http://www.africafocus.org/books/isbn.php?0821418238

Mueni wa Muiu and Guy Martin, A New Paradigm of the African State: Fundi wa Afrika
http://www.africafocus.org/books/isbn.php?0230607802

Sanusha Naidu and Kweku Ampiah, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon?: Africa and China
http://www.africafocus.org/books/isbn.php?1869141504

Ellen Namhila, Tears of courage, five mothers, five stories, one victory, Footprint Series no.3: AACRLS, Windhoek.
Not yet available through international vendors, this oral history tells the stories of five women who were involved in the beginnings of Namibia's armed liberation struggle in 1965 and suffered torture, imprisonment, daily harassment and the loss of family members at the hands of the South African occupation regime. It is available from the National Archives of Namibia.

Mukoma wa Ngugi, Nairobi Heat
http://www.africafocus.org/books/isbn.php?0143026178
Mystery novel set in Nairobi and Madison, Wisconsin. Also available from http://etrader.kalahari.net/referral.asp?linkid=5&partnerid=7752&sku=34626184

Wafula Okumu and Samuel Makinda, eds., The African Union: Challenges of globalization, security, and governance
http://www.africafocus.org/books/isbn.php?0415403499

Sue Onslow, Cold War in Southern Africa: White Power, Black Liberation
http://www.africafocus.org/books/isbn.php?0415474205

Carina Ray and Salah Hassan, eds., Darfur and the Crisis of Governance in Sudan: A Critical Reader
http://www.africafocus.org/books/isbn.php?0801475945

John Saul, Revolutionary Traveller: Freeze Frames from a Life
http://www.africafocus.org/books/isbn.php?1894037375

Tom Schachtman, Airlift to America: How Barack Obama, Sr., John F. Kennedy, Tom Mboya and 800 East Africa Students changed their world and Ours
http://www.africafocus.org/books/isbn.php?0312570759

Hakan Thorn, Anti-Apartheid and the Emergence of a Global Civil Society
http://www.africafocus.org/books/isbn.php?0230234968

Samuel Totten and William Parson, eds., A Century of Genocide: Critical Essays and Eyewitness Accounts
http://www.africafocus.org/books/isbn.php?0415990858

Nunu Vidal with Patrick Chabal, eds., Southern Africa: Civil Society, Politics and Donor Strategies
Published in Luanda and Lisbon. Not yet available from international vendors.

Immanuel Wallerstein, Alternatives: The United States Confronts the World
http://www.africafocus.org/books/isbn.php?1594510679

Geoff Wisner, A Basket of Leaves: 99 Books that Capture the Spirit of Africa
http://www.africafocus.org/books/isbn.php?1770092064

Kasahun Woldemariam, The Rise of Elective Dictatorship and the Erosion of Social Capital:
http://www.africafocus.org/books/isbn.php?1592216692


Forthcoming New Books from AfricaFocus Subscribers

Peter Alegi, Africa Soccerscapes
http://www.africafocus.org/books/isbn.php?0896802787

Deborah Bräutigam, The Dragon’s Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa
http://www.africafocus.org/books/isbn.php?0199550220

James H. Mittelman, Hyperconflict: Globalization and Insecurity
http://www.africafocus.org/books/isbn.php?0804763763

Selected New Books from AfricaFocus Subscribers (publishers)

For more books from these publishers, visit their websites (links available at http://www.africafocus.org/books/publishers.php)

Aflame Books

Chris Barnard, Mahala
http://www.africafocus.org/books/isbn.php?1906300046

Nathacha Appanah, Blue Bay Palace
http://www.africafocus.org/books/isbn.php?1906300070

Africa World Press

Behnaz Mirzai et al., eds., Slavery, Islam & Diaspora
http://www.africafocus.org/books/isbn.php?1592217052

Leigh Brownhill, Land, Food, Freedom: Struggles for the Gendered Commons in Kenya, 1870 to 2007
http://www.africafocus.org/books/isbn.php?1592216919

Fahamu Books

Issa Shivji, Where is Uhuru?: Reflections on the Struggle for Democracy
http://www.africafocus.org/books/isbn.php?190638746X

Yash Tandon, Ending Aid Dependence
http://www.africafocus.org/books/isbn.php?1906387311

Pluto Press

Bonnie Campbell, Mining in Africa
http://www.africafocus.org/books/isbn.php?074532939X

Jeremy Keenan, The Dark Sahara
http://www.africafocus.org/books/isbn.php?0745324525

Zed Books

Stephen Chan, The End of Certainty: Towards a New Internationalism
http://www.africafocus.org/books/isbn.php?1848133049

Camille Toulmin, Climate Change in Africa
http://www.africafocus.org/books/isbn.php?1848130155


More Book Links

New Books on South Africa
http://www.africafocus.org/docs09/sab0912.php

Gift Music CDs
http://www.africafocus.org/docs09/cds0912.php

New Books 2009
http://www.africafocus.org/docs09/nb0905.php

Gift Books Issue 2008
http://www.africafocus.org/docs08/book0811.php

Gift Music CDs Issue 2008
http://www.africafocus.org/docs08/cds0812.php

For a much wider range, including selected African countries and topics, visit the AfricaFocus Bookshop home page at http://www.africafocus.org/books/afbooks.php or
http://www.africafocus.org/books/afbooks_uk.php

Books on specific African countries can be found under the regional pages:

http://www.africafocus.org/books/southern.php or
http://www.africafocus.org/books/southern_uk.php

http://www.africafocus.org/books/central.php or
http://www.africafocus.org/books/central_uk.php

http://www.africafocus.org/books/east.php or
http://www.africafocus.org/books/east_uk.php

http://www.africafocus.org/books/north.php or
http://www.africafocus.org/books/north_uk.php

http://www.africafocus.org/books/west.php or
http://www.africafocus.org/books/west_uk.php


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