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Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight
An African Childhood
Paperback      ISBN: 0375758992
An intimate memoir of growing up in Africa during the Rhodesian civil war of 1971 to 1979 describes her life on farms in southern Rhodesia, Milawi, and Zambia, detailing her hardscrabble existence with an alcoholic mother, frequently absent father, and three lost siblings, as well as her fierce love for Africa. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 100,000 first printing.
Out of Africa and Shadows on the Grass
Out of Africa and Shadows on the Grass
Paperback      ISBN: 0679724753
In describing her experiences managing a coffee plantation in Kenya, the author provides insights into the nature of African life
Shake Hands With The Devil: The Failure Of Humanity In Rwanda
Shake Hands With The Devil
The Failure Of Humanity In Rwanda
Paperback      ISBN: 0786715103
A Canadian general and former U.N. peacekeeper gives a first-person account of the genocide in Rwanda, telling how he and his men managed to rescue thousands of people despite the orgy of bloodletting that was erupting all around them.
Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela
Long Walk to Freedom
The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela
Paperback      ISBN: 0316548189
The best-selling memoirs, begun during the South African president's years in prison, traces the Nobel Prize-winner's historic life from his traditional tribal childhood to his triumphant rise to power. Reprint.
The Seed Is Mine: The Life of Kas Maine, a South African Sharecropper, 1894-1985
The Seed Is Mine
The Life of Kas Maine, a South African Sharecropper, 1894-1985
Paperback      ISBN: 0809015943
Winner of the Sunday Times (South Africa) Alan Paton Award for Nonfiction Winner of the Herskovitz Award from the African Studies Association. 'The seed is mine. The ploughshares are mine. The span of oxen is mine. Everything is mine. Only the land is their's.'--Kas Maine A bold and innovative social history, The Seed Is Mine concerns the disenfranchised blacks who did so much to shape the destiny of South Africa. After years of interviews with Kas Maine and his neighbors, employers, friends, and family--a rare triumph of collaborative courage and dedication--Charles van Onselen has re-created the entire life of a man who struggled to maintain his family in a world dedicated to enriching whites and impoverishing blacks, while South Africa was tearing them apart.
My Traitor's Heart: A South African Exile Returns to Face His Country, His Tribe and His Conscience
My Traitor's Heart
A South African Exile Returns to Face His Country, His Tribe and His Conscience
Paperback      ISBN: 0679732152
A former crime reporter who fled his country after witnessing unimaginable atrocities recounts his experiences on returning to find the truth behind apartheid
War, Evil, and the End of History
War, Evil, and the End of History
Paperback      ISBN: 0971865957
From the maverick author of the international bestseller Who Killed Daniel Pearl? — "a gripping blend of reportage and philosophy," according to The New York Times — comes another startlingly original work of literature. In WAR, EVIL AND THE END OF HISTORY, Bernard-Henri Lévy continues his daring investigation into the breeding grounds of terrorism with a series of riveting first-person reports from five of the world's most horrific "forgotten" war zones. In Sri Lanka, he conducts a clandestine interview with a terrified young woman escaped from a suicide-bomber training camp . . . he journeys, blindfolded, into the Colombian jungle to interview a psychotic drug lord who considers himself the successor to Che Guevara and fronts a bloodthirsty "guerilla" army . . . Lévy surreptitiously observes the nameless slaves working the diamond mines that fund an endless war in Angola . . . airdrops into a rebel stronghold in the blockaded Nuba mountains of the Sudan . . . and reports on the ongoing carnage in Burundi between Hutus and Tutsis. But Lévy is more than just a journalist: as France's leading philosopher, he follows the reports with a series of intensely personal and probing "reflections" considering how, in an enlightened, cultured, and well-informed society, these wars have acquired such a perverse "non-meaning." He considers war literature from Stendhal, Hemingway, Proust and others, and issues an excoriating response to those who have glorified it. He reconsiders his own background as a student revolutionary in Paris in May 1968, and as a 22-year-old war reporter in Bangladesh. And, in one of the book's most moving passages, he recounts his travels with Ahmad Massoud, the anti-Taliban Afghan leader assassinated hours before the September 11 attacks. Already a huge bestseller in Europe, WAR, EVIL, AND THE END OF HISTORY is the work of a scintillating intellect at the height of its powers. Bernard-Henri Lévy's previous book foresaw today's headlines about Pakistan's secret trading of nuclear technology and the nexus of terrorist groups behind the murder of Daniel Pearl. WAR, EVIL, AND THE END OF HISTORY is his brilliant foray into the next danger zones.
Of Water and the Spirit: Ritual, Magic, and Initiation in the Life of an African Shaman
Of Water and the Spirit
Ritual, Magic, and Initiation in the Life of an African Shaman
Paperback      ISBN: 0140194967
"A vision that encompasses two worlds and weaves the lessons of both into a fine tapestry."?Clarissa Pinkola Éstes.
A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954-1962
A Savage War of Peace
Algeria 1954-1962
Paperback      ISBN: 1590172183
The Algerian War lasted from 1954 to 1962. It brought down six French governments, led to the collapse of the Fourth Republic, returned de Gaulle to power, and came close to provoking a civil war on French soil. More than a million Muslim Algerians died in the conflict and as many European settlers were driven into exile. Above all, the war was marked by an unholy marriage of revolutionary terror and repressive torture. Nearly a half century has passed since this savagely fought war ended in Algeria’s independence, and yet—as Alistair Horne argues in his new preface to his now-classic work of history—its repercussions continue to be felt not only in Algeria and France, but throughout the world. Indeed from today’s vantage point the Algerian War looks like a full-dress rehearsal for the sort of amorphous struggle that convulsed the Balkans in the 1990s and that now ravages the Middle East, from Beirut to Baghdad—struggles in which questions of religion, nationalism, imperialism, and terrorism take on a new and increasingly lethal intensity. A Savage War of Peace is the definitive history of the Algerian War, a book that brings that terrible and complicated struggle to life with intelligence, assurance, and unflagging momentum. It is essential reading for our own violent times as well as a lasting monument to the historian’s art.
Freedom: The Story of My Second Life
Freedom
The Story of My Second Life
Hardcover      ISBN: 1401352065
In the sequel to Stolen Lives, the story of her family's twenty-year imprisonment in a Moroccan jail, the author describes what it is like to return to the world after twenty years of suffering as she struggled to adjust to the modern world, understand the reality of freedom, fall in love, and experience an intimate relationship for the first time. 125,000 first printing.