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Another Day of Life (Picador Books), Kapuscinski, Ryszard
1 Kapuscinski, Ryszard Another Day of Life (Picador Books)
Picador 1987 0330301047 / 9780330301046 Paperback Good 
In 1975, Angola was tumbling into pandemonium; everyone who could was packi ng crates, desperate to abandon the beleaguered colony. With his trademark bravura, Ryszard Kapuscinski went the other way, begging his was from Lisbo n and comfort to Luanda-once famed as Africa's Rio de Janeiro-and chaos.Ang ola, a slave colony later given over to mining and plantations, was a promi sed land for generations of poor Portuguese. It had belonged to Portugal si nce before there were English-speakers in North America. After the collapse of the fascist dictatorship in Portugal in 1974, Angola was brusquely cut loose, spurring the catastrophe of a still-ongoing civil war. Kapuscinski p lunged right into the middle of the drama, driving past thousands of haphaz ardly placed check-points, where using the wrong shibboleth was a matter of life and death; recording his imporessions of the young soldiers-from Cuba , Angola, South Africa, Portugal-fighting a nebulous war with global reperc ussions; and examining the peculiar brutality of a country surprised and di vided by its newfound freedom.Translated from the Polish by William R. Bran d and Katarzyna Mroczkowska-Brand. 
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People and production in late precolonial Tanzania: History and structures (Monographs of the Finnish Society for Development St, Koponen, Juhani
2 Koponen, Juhani People and production in late precolonial Tanzania: History and structures (Monographs of the Finnish Society for Development St
Distributor outside Finland, 1988 9519543538 / 9789519543536 Paperback Good 

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The Wonga Coup: Guns, Thugs and a Ruthless Determination to Create Mayhem i n an Oil-Rich Corner of Africa, Roberts, Adam
3 Roberts, Adam The Wonga Coup: Guns, Thugs and a Ruthless Determination to Create Mayhem i n an Oil-Rich Corner of Africa
PublicAffairs 2006 1586483714 / 9781586483715 1st Edition Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 
A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Equatorial Guinea is a tiny country roughly the size of the state of Maryla nd. Humid, jungle covered, and rife with unpleasant diseases, natives call it Devil Island. Its president in 2004, Obiang Nguema, had been accused of cannibalism, belief in witchcraft, mass murder, billiondollar corruption, a nd general rule by terror. With so little to recommend it, why in March 200 4 was Equatorial Guinea the target of a group of salty British, South Afric an and Zimbabwean mercenaries, travelling on an American-registered ex-Nati onal Guard plane specially adapted for military purposes, that was original ly flown to Africa by American pilots? The real motive lay deep below the o cean floor: oil. In The Dogs of War, Frederick Forsyth effectively described an attempt by mercenaries to overthrow the government of Equatorial Guinea - in 1972. And the chain of events surrounding the night of March 7, 2004, is a rare case of life imitating art-or, at least, life imitating a 1970s thriller-in almost uncanny detail. With a cast of characters worthy of a remake of Wild Geese and a plot as mazy as it was unlikely, The Wonga Coup is a tale of venality, overarching vanity and greed whose example speaks to the problems of the entire African continent. 
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Social History of Timbuktu: The Role of Muslim Scholars and Notables 1400-1 900 (Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization), Saad, Elias N.
4 Saad, Elias N. Social History of Timbuktu: The Role of Muslim Scholars and Notables 1400-1 900 (Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization)
Cambridge University Press 2010 052113630X / 9780521136303 Paperback Fine 
A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout, NOT an ex-lib book: Originally published in 1983, this book deals with the precolonial history of the Islamic West African city of Timbuktu. The book traces the fortunes of this fabled city from its origins in the twelfth century, and more especially from around 1400 onwards, to the French conquest in the late nineteenth century. The study rests upon a comprehensive utilisation of the Timbuktu sources, including the well-known chronicles or tarikhs of Timbuktu. The author focuses on the role of scholars and, in so doing, he provides a fresh study of a learned community in sub-Saharan Africa. Additionally, the study shows that the scholars occupied a position of leadership and authority in the social structure of the city. Hence, in providing fuller understanding of the role of scholars and their status as 'notables', the work makes it possible to understand the enigma which has surrounded this extraordinary city throughout its history. It contributes an important perspective for historians of Africa, the Middle East and Islam. 
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