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Must-read Books about Africa

I highly recommend the following books if you are interested in learning more about the  San Bushmen, South Africa or African history and culture: 

 

The Covenant by James A. Michener

The Harmless People by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

The Healing Land by Rupert Isaacson

A Mantis Carol by Laurens Van Der Post

The Lost World of the Kalahari, The Heart of the Hunter, and A Story Like the Wind by Laurens Van Der Post

The Peopling of Africa A Geographic Interpretation by James L. Newman

The Bushmen and Their Stories by Elizabeth S. Helfman

The Girl Who Made Stars and Other Bushman Stories collected by Wilhelm Bleek and Lucy C. Lloyd

The First Bushman’s Path  Stories, Songs and Testimonies of the /Xam of the Northern Cape versions, with commentary, by Alan James

The Cape Herders  A History of the Khoikhoi of Southern Africa by Emile Boonzaier, Candy Malherbe, Andy Smith and Penny Berens

Cry of the Kalahari and The Eye of the Elephant by Delia and Mark Owens

The Zulus by Ian Knight

The Washing of the Spears The Rise and Fall of the Zulu Nation by Donald R. Morris

Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton

The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay

Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales edited by Marguerite Gordon and Linda Rode

How I Found Livingstone in Central Africa by Henry M. Stanley

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Dark Star Safari  Overland from Cairo to Cape Town by Paul Theroux

Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight  An African Childhood by Alexandra Fuller

Black Experience and the Empire edited by Philip D. Morgan and Sean Hawkins

The House at Sugar Beach by Helene Cooper

Through the Eyes of the Gods  An Aerial Vision of Africa by Robert B. Haas

Eyes Over Africa by Michael Poliza
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