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Understanding Post-Colonial Africa

What many Americans know about contemporary Africa can be summed up in headlines about bloody civil wars and corrupt dictators, child soldiers and “lost boys,” devastating disease, extreme poverty, and unsettling cultural practices. But the issues behind these headlines are far more complex than the popular press can portray. These four books help to introduce post-colonial Africa to the novice and explore some of the continent’s crises in greater depth—including the West’s complicity in them.

Books in this Series

  • Ryszard Kapuscinski, The Shadow of the Sun
  • Ngugi wa Thiong’o, The River Between
  • Ishmael Beah, A Long Way Gone
  • Jonny Steinberg, Sizwe’s Test: A Young Man’s Journey Through Africa’s AIDS Epidemic
  • Dave Eggers, What is the What
  • J. Nozipo Maraire, Zenzele: A Letter for My Daughter

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