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Recommended History Books about Africa

The Diligent: A Voyage Through the African Slave Trade
by Robert Harms

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This history is of one voyage of one French ship in the 18th century slave trade. Based upon the journal of First Lieutenant Robert Durand, it offers new insight into the slave trade.

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King Leopold's Ghost
by Adam Rochschild

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the story of how Belgian King Leopold II made the Congo his own private reserve and inflicted appalling conditions on the Africans - an excellent, compelling book

The Yoruba African Kingdoms
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A History of South Africa
by Leonard Thompson

an excellent resource particularly on the early history of South Africa, before the domination of Europeans

Skeletons on the Zahara: A True Story of Survival by Dean King 

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a riveting story about Americans lost in the Sahara Desert in the 1800s

 We Wish to Inform you that Tomorrow we will be Killed with our Families: Stories From Rwanda
by Philip Gourevitch

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National Book Critics Circle Award Gourevitch gives us a mesmerizing and disturbing account of the 1994 Rwandan genocide and it's aftermath.