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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, 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 ( 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


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 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

Adekeye Adebajo, ed., From Global Apartheid to Global Village: Africa and the United Nations

Adekeye Adebajo and Abdul Raufu Mustapha, eds., Gulliver's Troubles: Nigeria's Foreign Policy After the Cold War

Gary Baines, Beyond the Border War: New Perspectives on Southern Africa's Late-Cold War Conflicts

Dorina Bekoe, Implementing Peace Agreements: Lessons from Mozambique, Angola, and Liberia

Iris Berger, South Africa in World History

Patrick Bond et al., eds., Climate Change, Carbon Trading and Civil Society: Negative Returns on South African Investments

Gerald Caplan, The Betrayal of Africa

Richard Dowden, Africa: Altered States, Ordinary Miracles

Premesh Lalu, The Deaths of Hintsa: Post-Apartheid South Africa and the Shape of Recurring Pasts

Martha Honey, Ecotourism and Sustainable Development, Second Edition: Who Owns Paradise?

Gerald Horne, The End of Empires: African Americans and India

Bronwen Manby, Struggles for Citizenship in Africa

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,

Henning Melber and Roger Southall, eds., A New Scramble for Africa?: Imperialism, Investment and Development

Getachew Metaferia, Ethiopia and the United States- History, Diplomacy, and Analysis

Alois Mlambo and Brian Raftopoulos, eds., Becoming Zimbabwe. A History from the Pre-colonial Period to 2008

Marissa Moorman, Intonations: A Social History of Music and Nation in Luanda, Angola, from 1945 to Recent Times

Mueni wa Muiu and Guy Martin, A New Paradigm of the African State: Fundi wa Afrika

Sanusha Naidu and Kweku Ampiah, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon?: Africa and China

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
Mystery novel set in Nairobi and Madison, Wisconsin. Also available from

Wafula Okumu and Samuel Makinda, eds., The African Union: Challenges of globalization, security, and governance

Sue Onslow, Cold War in Southern Africa: White Power, Black Liberation

Carina Ray and Salah Hassan, eds., Darfur and the Crisis of Governance in Sudan: A Critical Reader

John Saul, Revolutionary Traveller: Freeze Frames from a Life

Tom Schachtman, Airlift to America: How Barack Obama, Sr., John F. Kennedy, Tom Mboya and 800 East Africa Students changed their world and Ours

Hakan Thorn, Anti-Apartheid and the Emergence of a Global Civil Society

Samuel Totten and William Parson, eds., A Century of Genocide: Critical Essays and Eyewitness Accounts

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

Geoff Wisner, A Basket of Leaves: 99 Books that Capture the Spirit of Africa

Kasahun Woldemariam, The Rise of Elective Dictatorship and the Erosion of Social Capital:

Forthcoming New Books from AfricaFocus Subscribers

Peter Alegi, Africa Soccerscapes

Deborah Bräutigam, The Dragon’s Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa

James H. Mittelman, Hyperconflict: Globalization and Insecurity

Selected New Books from AfricaFocus Subscribers (publishers)

For more books from these publishers, visit their websites (links available at

Aflame Books

Chris Barnard, Mahala

Nathacha Appanah, Blue Bay Palace

Africa World Press

Behnaz Mirzai et al., eds., Slavery, Islam & Diaspora

Leigh Brownhill, Land, Food, Freedom: Struggles for the Gendered Commons in Kenya, 1870 to 2007

Fahamu Books

Issa Shivji, Where is Uhuru?: Reflections on the Struggle for Democracy

Yash Tandon, Ending Aid Dependence

Pluto Press

Bonnie Campbell, Mining in Africa

Jeremy Keenan, The Dark Sahara

Zed Books

Stephen Chan, The End of Certainty: Towards a New Internationalism

Camille Toulmin, Climate Change in Africa

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