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Africa: A Biography of the Continent

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Publisher Comments:

"Awe-inspiring . . . a masterly synthesis."

--The New York Times Book Review

"Deeply penetrating, intensely thought-provoking and thoroughly informed . . . one of the most important general surveys of Africa that has been produced in the last decade." --The Washington Post

In 1978, paleontologists in East Africa discovered the earliest evidence of our divergence from the apes: three pre-human footprints, striding away from a volcano, were preserved in the petrified surface of a mudpan over three million years ago. Out of Africa, the world's most ancient and stable landmass, Homo sapiens dispersed across the globe.  And yet the continent that gave birth to human history has long been woefully misunderstood and mistreated by the rest of the world.

In a book as splendid in its wealth of information as it is breathtaking in scope, British writer and photojournalist John Reader brings to light Africa's geology and evolution, the majestic array of its landforms and environments, the rich diversity of its peoples and their ways of life, the devastating legacies of slavery and colonialism as well as recent political troubles and triumphs. Written in simple, elegant prose and illustrated with Reader's own photographs, Africa: A Biography of the Continent is an unforgettable book that will delight the general reader and expert alike.  

"Breathtaking in its scope and detail." --San Francisco Chronicle

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 745-783) and index.

About the Author

John Reader lives in London.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679738695
Author:
Reader, John
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Africa
Subject:
History
Subject:
Africa - General
Subject:
Africa History.
Subject:
World History-Africa
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
19990931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 MAPS + 57 ILLUS THROUGHOUT
Pages:
816
Dimensions:
7.76x5.26x1.69 in. 1.62 lbs.

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