Suggested reading

Long Walk to FreedomLong Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela

The leader of South Africa’s antiapartheid movement chronicles his life, including his tribal years, his time spent in prison, and his return to lead his people.

Cry, the Beloved CountryCry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton

When Reverend Kumalo sets off for Johannesburg, he hopes to find his son and his brother. What he finds is that in their struggle to survive city life under apartheid, his relatives have lost sight of honesty, love and respect – with terrible consequences.

The Fate of AfricaThe Fate of Africa: A History of 50 Years of Independence by Martin Meredith

An epic biography of post-colonial Africa, and illuminating insight into its current devastating problems, by one of its most authoritative scholars.

China SafariChina Safari by Serge Michel, Michel Beuret

On the trail of Beijing’s expansion in Africa.

When a Crocodile Eats the SunWhen a Crocodile Eats the Sun by Peter Godwin

The story of the disintegration of a family, set against the collapse of a country, a sequel of sorts to Peter Godwin’s award-winning and bestselling memoir, Mukiwa. Peter Godwin, an award-winning writer, is on assignment in Zululand when he is summoned by his mother to Zimbabwe, his birthplace.

Whatever You Do, Don't RunWhatever You Do, Don’t Run – True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide by Peter Allison

In the tradition of Bill Bryson, a new writer brings us the lively adventures and biting wit of an African safari guide. Peter Allison works as a top safari guide in the Okavango Delta, an oasis of wetland in the middle of the Kalahari desert, rich with wildlife. As he caters to the whims of his wealthy clients, he often has to overcome the impulse to run as far away from them as he can, as these tourists are sometimes more dangerous than a pride of lions!

Africa: Altered States, Ordinary MiraclesAfrica: Altered States, Ordinary Miracles by Richard Dowden

In captivating prose, Dowden spins tales of cults and commerce in Senegal and traditional spirituality in Sierra Leone; analyzes the impact of oil and the Internet on Nigeria and aid on Sudan; and examines what has gone so badly wrong in Rwanda and the Congo.

Cry of the KalahariCry of the Kalahari by Mark & Delia Owens

After spending seven years in the Kalahari Desert, the authors provide a beautiful documentary examining wildlife in the Kalahari. Their adventure is the focus of a National Geographic special for television airing in January insert.

David LivingstoneDavid Livingstone by Rob Mackenzie

Livingstone is perhaps the best-known missionary of them all. His attempts to find the source of the Nile and his famous meeting with Henry Morton Stanley have become the stuff of legend. The truth behind the legend, however, is even more compelling.

Into AfricaInto Africa by Martin Dugard

“Into Africa” traces the journeys of Dr. David Livingstone and journalist Morton Stanley in alternating chapters, capturing with immediacy the dangers, disease, and beauty they encountered in the heart of Africa. The first book to examine the interworkings of physical challenges, political intrigue, and larger-than life personalities, this is a fascinating work of narrative history.

King Leopold's GhostKing Leopold’s Ghost by Adam Hochschild

In “an enthralling story, full of fascinating characters, intense drama, high adventure, deceitful manipulation, courageous truth-telling, and splendid moral fervor” (“Christian Science Monitor”), Hochschild tells the story of King Leopold of Belgium, a megalomaniac of monstrous portions.

Playing the EnemyPlaying the Enemy by John Carlin

Carlin pens this thrilling, inspiring account of one of the greatest charm offensives in history–Nelson Mandela’s decade-long campaign to unite his country, beginning in his jail cell and ending with a rugby tournament.

Scramble for AfricaScramble for Africa by Thomas Packenham

the full-scale story of the nineteenth-century imperial invasion of Africa.

The Snows of KilimanjaroThe Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway

Presents Hemingway stories, in which men and women of passion live, fight, love and die in scenes of dramatic intensity. They range from the haunting tragedy on the snow-capped peak of Kilimanjaro, to brutal America with its deceptive calm, and war-ravaged Europe.

The State of AfricaThe State of Africa by Martin Meredith

The revised and fully updated edition of the seminal, sweeping history of post-colonial Africa.