Best Kenya History Books

Here you will get Best Kenya History Books For you.This is an up-to-date list of recommended books.

1. Sebastiao Salgado: Africa

Author: by Sebastiao Salgado
English, French, German
336 pages

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Sebastio Salgado is one the most respected photojournalists working today, his reputation forged by decades of dedication and powerful black-and-white images of dispossessed and distressed people, taken in places where most wouldn’t dare to go. Although he has photographed throughout South America and around the globe, his work most heavily concentrates on Africa, where he has shot more than 40 reportage works over a period of 30 years.

From the Dinka tribes in Sudan and the Himba in Namibia to gorillas and volcanoes in the lakes region to displaced peoples throughout the continent, Salgado shows us all facets of African life today. Whether he’s documenting refugees or vast landscapes, Salgado knows exactly how to grab the essence of a moment so that when one sees his images one is involuntarily drawn into them.

His images artfully teach us the disastrous effects of war, poverty, disease, and hostile climatic conditions. This book brings together Salgado’s photos of Africa in three parts. The first concentrates on the southern part of the continent (Mozambique, Malawi, Angola, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Namibia), the second on the Great Lakes region (Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya), and the third on the Sub-Saharan region (Burkina Faso, Mali, Sudan, Somalia, Chad, Mauritania, Senegal, Ethiopia).

2. Bill Bryson's African Diary

Author: by Bill Bryson
January 20, 2010

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Bill Bryson goes to Kenya at the invitation of CARE International, the charity dedicated to working with local communities to eradicate poverty around the world. Kenya, generally regarded as the cradle of humankind, is a land of stunning landscapes, famous game reserves, and a vibrant culture, but it also has many serious problems, including refugees, AIDS, drought and grinding poverty.

It also provides plenty to worry a nervous traveller like Bill Bryson: hair-raising rides in light aircraft, tropical diseases, snakes, insects and large predators. Bryson casts his inimitable eye on a continent new to him, and the resultant diary, though short in length, contains all his trademark laugh-out-loud wit, wry observation and curious insight.

All the author’s royalties from this book, as well as all profits, will go to CARE International.

3. Born Free: A Lioness of Two Worlds

Author: by Joy Adamson

224 pages

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There have been many accounts of the return to the wild of tame animals, but since its original publication in 1960, when The New York Times hailed it as a fascinating and remarkable book, Born Free has stood alone in its power to move us.

Joy Adamson’s story of a lion cub in transition between the captivity in which she is raised and the fearsome wild to which she is returned captures the abilities of both humans and animals to cross the seemingly unbridgeable gap between their radically different worlds.

Especially now, at a time when the sanctity of the wild and its inhabitants is increasingly threatened by human development and natural disaster, Adamson’s remarkable tale is an idyll, and a model, to return to again and again. Illustrated with the same beautiful, evocative photographs that first enchanted the world forty years ago and updated with a new introduction by George Page, former host and executive editor of the PBS series Nature and author of Inside the Animal Mind, this anniversary edition introduces to a new generation one of the most heartwarming associations between man and animal.

4. A Very Different Land: Memories of Empire from the Farmlands of Kenya

Author: by Hilary Sunman
Radcliffe Press
August 21, 2014

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In this book, Hilary Sunman considers the day-to-day experience of her father, Owen, who served in the Colonial Agricultural Service from 1928-1950. Weaving together a human and family story, she combines her father’s work with her own experience as a development economist to discuss colonial policy.

Focusing on themes such as All the the ‘White Highlands’, race, colonial leadership, and the rise of the Mau Mau, she looks at the academic training in agricultural science offered as preparation for the colonial service as well as the attraction of Africa and the idealism felt by many young officers.

Using her family as a case study, she examines the realities of life in Kenya for the wives and children of colonial officers, as well as for the officers themselves.

5. DK Eyewitness Kenya (Travel Guide)

Author: by DK Eyewitness
DK Eyewitness Travel
440 pages

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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Kenya is your in-depth guide to the very best of Kenya. Whether you want to go on a safari adventure and come within feet of this country’s spectacular wildlife in its world-famous national parks, lounge on superb beaches, or experience the lively nightlife and cultural attractions of Nairobi, visiting Kenya is a richly rewarding escape.

Discover DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Kenya: Detailed itineraries and “don’t-miss” destination highlights at a glance. Illustrated cutaway 3-D drawings of important sights. Floor plans and guided visitor information for major museums. Guided walking tours, local drink and dining specialties to try, things to do, and places to eat, drink, and shop by area.

Area maps marked with sights . Insights into history and culture to help you understand the stories behind the sights. Hotel and restaurant listings highlight DK Choice special recommendations. With hundreds of full-color photographs, hand-drawn illustrations, and custom maps that illuminate every page, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Kenya truly shows you this country as no one else can.

7. The Flame Trees of Thika: Memories of an African Childhood (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin)

Author: by Elspeth Huxley
Penguin Classics

The Flame Trees of Thika: Memories of an African Childhood (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin) Cover

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In an open cart Elspeth Huxley set off with her parents to travel to Thika in Kenya. As pioneering settlers, they built a house of grass, ate off a damask cloth spread over packing cases, and discoveredthe hard waythe world of the African.

With an extraordinary gift for detail and a keen sense of humor, Huxley recalls her childhood on the small farm at a time when Europeans waged their fortunes on a land that was as harsh as it was beautiful. For a young girl, it was a time of adventure and freedom, and Huxley paints an unforgettable portrait of growing up among the Masai and Kikuyu people, discovering both the beauty and the terrors of the jungle, and enduring the rugged realities of the pioneer life.

8. The White Nile

Author: by Alan Moorehead

Harper Perennial

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Relive all the thrills and adventure of Alan Moorehead’s classic bestseller The White Nile – the daring exploration of the Nile River in the second half of the nineteenth century, which was at that time the most mysterious and impenetrable region on earth.

Capturing in breathtaking prose the larger-than-life personalities of such notable figures as Stanley, Livingstone, Burton and many others, The White Nile remains a seminal work in tales of discovery and escapade, filled with incredible historical detail and compelling stories of heroism and drama.

9. Hoodoo for Beginners: Learn the Most Effective Hoodoo Magic Spells, Hoodoo Herbs, and Root Magic to Attract Money, Luck, Success and Love

Author: by Fiona Harris
121 pages

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Demystifying Hoodoo A Powerful Folk Magic You Can Master and Gain Positive OutcomesThis is the 2nd Edition of the book: the Wine Ritual to Bring Back the Lover is now correctly formatted! If you buy the Kindle or paperback version, you will get the audio version for free!

Hoodoo is ancient magic developed among the African American population in the south of the United States. However, some sources say its roots also derive from Christianity, Jewish mysticism, but also Native American tradition. It turns out, hoodoo is a lot closer to you than you might’ve thoughtThroughout the years, hoodoo magic has influenced the spiritualists, and manifestations.

Today, hoodoo’s purpose is to gain positive outcomes from everyday life by strengthening the bond with the source of one’s power. Would you like to:Unlock the mystical world of magical beliefs, practices and principles? Grant yourself a better life by using the power of the conjuror’s tools employed in hoodoo?

Evoke higher beings? Know how to form a pact between higher beings in the spirit worlds and yourself?Say no more! This book will give you all the knowledge you need regardless of your experience in the hoodoo field. Whether you’re just getting started or have been practicing hoodoo for a while but you reached a dead end, this book will give you the answers you’re looking for.

10. The Fate of Africa: A History of the Continent Since Independence

Author: by Martin Meredith
816 pages

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The definitive story of African nations after they emerged from colonialism – from Mugabe’s doomed kleptocracy to Mandela’s inspiring defeat of apartheid. The Fate of Africa has been hailed by reviewers as “A masterpiece…. The nonfiction book of the year” (The New York Post); “a magnificent achievement” (Weekly Standard); “a joy,” (Wall Street Journal) and “one of the decade’s most important works on Africa” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

Spanning the full breadth of the continent, from the bloody revolt in Algiers against the French to Zimbabwe’s civil war, Martin Meredith’s classic history focuses on the key personalities, events and themes of the independence era, and explains the myriad problems that Africa has faced in the past half-century.

It covers recent events like the ongoing conflict in Sudan, the controversy over Western aid, the exploitation of Africa’s resources, and the growing importance and influence of China.

11. Facing Mount Kenya

Author: by Jomo Kenyatta
352 pages

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With an Introduction by Bronislav Malinkowski, Facing Mount Kenya is a central document of the highest distinction in anthropological literature, an invaluable key to the structure of African society and the nature of the African mind. Facing Mount Kenya is not only a formal study of life and death, work and play, sex and the family in one of the greatest tribes of contemporary Africa, but a work of considerable literary merit.

The very sight and sound of Kikuyu tribal life presented here are at once comprehensive and intimate, and as precise as they are compassionate.

12. The Shackled Continent: Power, Corruption, and African Lives

Author: by Robert Guest
October 5, 2010

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A former Africa editor for The Economist, Robert Guest addresses the troubled continent’s thorniest problems: war, AIDS, and above all, poverty. Newly updated with a preface that considers political and economic developments of the past six years, The Shackled Continentis engrossing, highly readable, and as entertaining as it is tragic.

Guest pulls the veil off the corruption and intrigue that cripple so many African nations, posing a provocative theory that Africans have been impoverished largely by their own leaders’ abuses of power. From the minefields of Angola to the barren wheat fields of Zimbabwe, Guest gathers startling evidence of the misery African leaders have inflicted on their people.

But he finds elusive success stories and examples of the resilience and resourcefulness of individual Africans, too; from these, he draws hope that the continent will eventually prosper. Guest offers choices both commonsense and controversial for Africans and for those in the West who wish Africa well.

13. The Bolter: Idina Sackville – The woman who scandalised 1920s Society and became White Mischief's infamous seductress

Author: by Frances Osborne
Virago (February 5, 2009)
February 5, 2009

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On Friday 25th May, 1934, a forty-one-year-old woman walked into the lobby of Claridge’s Hotel to meet the nineteen-year-old son whose face she did not know. Fifteen years earlier, as the First World War ended, Idina Sackville shocked high society by leaving his multimillionaire father to run off to Africa with a near penniless man.

An inspiration for Nancy Mitford’s character The Bolter, painted by William Orpen, and photographed by Cecil Beaton, Sackville went on to divorce a total of five times, yet died with a picture of her first love by her bed. Her struggle to reinvent her life with each new marriage left one husband murdered and branded her the ‘high priestess’ of White Mischief’s bed-hopping Happy Valley in Kenya.

Sackville’s life was so scandalous that it was kept a secret from her great-granddaughter Frances Osborne. Now, Osborne tells the moving tale of betrayal and heartbreak behind Sackville’s road to scandal and return, painting a dazzling portrait of high society in the early twentieth century.


Author: by Ronald Segal
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
288 pages

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A comprehensive study of the Eastern slave trade by an eminent British scholarA companion volume to The Black Diaspora, this groundbreaking work tells the fascinating and horrifying story of the Islamic slave trade. Islam’s Black Slaves documents a centuries-old institution that still survives, and traces the business of slavery and its repercussions from Islam’s inception in the seventh century, through its history in China, India, Iran, Turkey, Egypt, Libya, and Spain, and on to Sudan and Mauritania, where, even today, slaves continue to be sold.

Ronald Segal reveals for the first time the numbers involved in this trade-as many millions as were transported to the Americas-and explores the differences between the traffic in the East and the West. Islam’s Black Slaves also examines the continued denial of the very existence of this sector of the black diaspora, although it survives today in significant numbers; and in an illuminating conclusion, Segal addresses the appeal of Islam to African-American communities, and the perplexing refusal of Black Muslim leaders to acknowledge black slavery and oppression in present-day Mauritania and Sudan.