Best East Africa History Books

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1. Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust

Author: by Immaculee Ilibagiza
Hay House Inc.
256 pages

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Immaculee Ilibagiza grew up in a country she loved, surrounded by a family she cherished. But in 1994 her idyllic world was ripped apart as Rwanda descended into a bloody genocide. Immaculee’s family was brutally murdered during a killing spree that lasted three months and claimed the lives of nearly a million Rwandans.

Incredibly, Immaculee survived the slaughter. For 91 days, she and seven other women huddled silently together in the cramped bathroom of a local pastor while hundreds of machete-wielding killers hunted for them. It was during those endless hours of unspeakable terror that Immaculee discovered the power of prayer, eventually shedding her fear of death and forging a profound and lasting relationship with God.

She emerged from her bathroom hideout having discovered the meaning of truly unconditional lovea love so strong she was able seek out and forgive her family’s killers. The triumphant story of this remarkable young woman’s journey through the darkness of genocide will inspire anyone whose life has been touched by fear, suffering, and loss.

2. The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After

Author: by Clemantine Wamariya

304 pages

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The plot provided by the universe was filled with starvation, war and rape. I would notcould notlive in that tale. Clemantine Wamariya was six years old when her mother and father began to speak in whispers, when neighbors began to disappear, and when she heard the loud, ugly sounds her brother said were thunder.

In 1994, she and her fifteen-year-old sister, Claire, fled the Rwandan massacre and spent the next six years migrating through seven African countries, searching for safetyperpetually hungry, imprisoned and abused, enduring and escaping refugee camps, finding unexpected kindness, witnessing inhuman cruelty.

They did not know whether their parents were dead or alive. When Clemantine was twelve, she and her sister were granted refugee status in the United States; there, in Chicago, their lives diverged. Though their bond remained unbreakable, Claire, who had for so long protected and provided for Clemantine, was a single mother struggling to make ends meet, while Clemantine was taken in by a family who raised her as their own.

3. Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War

Author: by Mark Bowden

Grove Press
400 pages

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Already a classic of war reporting and now reissued as a Grove Press paperback, Black Hawk Down is Mark Bowden’s brilliant account of the longest sustained firefight involving American troops since the Vietnam War. On October 3, 1993, about a hundred elite U.S.

Soldiers were dropped by helicopter into the teeming market in the heart of Mogadishu, Somalia. Their mission was to abduct two top lieutenants of a Somali warlord and return to base. It was supposed to take an hour. Instead, they found themselves pinned down through a long and terrible night fighting against thousands of heavily-armed Somalis.

The following morning, eighteen Americans were dead and more than seventy had been badly wounded. Drawing on interviews from both sides, army records, audiotapes, and videos (some of the material is still classified), Bowden’s minute-by-minute narrative is one of the most exciting accounts of modern combat ever writtena riveting story that captures the heroism, courage, and brutality of battle.

4. Workbook for So You Want To Talk About Race

Author: by Companion Works
100 pages

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Workbook For So You Want To Talk About RaceHow To Use This Workbook For You To Achieve The Greatest BenefitThis workbook has been created with the purpose of empowering you with the practical How-To on dealing with racial inequality as well as helping you develop the strength and vision to make a proper stand against racism.

Passionate author Ijeoma Oluo not only shares her illuminating life story in the book So You Want To Talk About Race, she also details a comprehensive framework on how we can be handling the thorny issue of racism. The lessons shared by Ijeoma are curated from her own personal experiences as well as science based techniques drawn from behavioral studies, all designed to give you a healthy edge in the fight against racism.

Designed with the idea of imparting practical wisdom in mind, the questions and exercises found in the workbook will enable you to learn and discover more about yourself, point you in the right direction for fruitful development, and create ample space for you to grow.

5. Prevail: The Inspiring Story of Ethiopia's Victory over Mussolini's Invasion, 1935-1941

Author: by Jeff Pearce
640 pages

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It was the war that changed everything, and yet it’s been mostly forgotten: in 1935, Italy invaded Ethiopia. It dominated newspaper headlines and newsreels. It inspired mass marches in Harlem, a play on Broadway, and independence movements in Africa. As the British Navy sailed into the Mediterranean for a white-knuckle showdown with Italian ships, riots broke out in major cities all over the United States.

Italian planes dropped poison gas on Ethiopian troops, bombed Red Cross hospitals, and committed atrocities that were never deemed worthy of a war crimes tribunal. But unlike the many other depressing tales of Africa that crowd book shelves, this is a gripping thriller, a rousing tale of real-life heroism in which the Ethiopians come back from near destruction and win.

Tunnelling through archive records, tracking down survivors still alive today, and uncovering never-before-seen photos, Jeff Pearce recreates a remarkable era and reveals astonishing new findings. He shows how the British Foreign Office abandoned the Ethiopians to their fate, while Franklin Roosevelt had an ambitious peace plan that could have changed the course of world historyhad Chamberlain not blocked him with his policy on Ethiopia.

6. The Man-Eaters of Tsavo

Author: by J. H. Patterson
170 pages

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Darkness fell almost immediately, and everything became extraordinarily still. The silence of an African jungle on a dark night needs to be experienced to be realised; it is most impressive, especially when one is absolutely alone and isolated from one’s fellow creatures, as I was then.

In the late 19th century, the British began construction on a railway linking Uganda with the Indian Ocean. The railroad’s passage through Africa crossed over the Tsavo River in Kenya, and thus the British Army brought Lieutenant-Colonel John Henry Patterson in to lead the thousands of workers as they began the bridge’s construction.

Throughout the next nine months, the construction site encountered a pair of lions that would stalk the campsite, drag workers from their tents, and devour those workers at nighttime. The killings occurred daily and the lions became bolder with each passing week.

Nothing seemed to work for Patterson to stave off the lion attacks. Patterson published The Man-Eaters of Tsavo in 1907 to chronicle those nine months where the lion attacks intensified to the point where the bridge’s construction had to be halted.

7. Strength in What Remains (Random House Reader's Circle)

Author: by Tracy Kidder
284 pages

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NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY:Los Angeles Times San Francisco Chronicle Chicago Tribune The Christian Science Monitor Publishers WeeklyIn Strength in What Remains, Tracy Kidder gives us the story of one man’s inspiring American journey and of the ordinary people who helped him, providing brilliant testament to the power of second chances.

Deo arrives in the United States from Burundi in search of a new life. Having survived a civil war and genocide, he lands at JFK airport with two hundred dollars, no English, and no contacts. He ekes out a precarious existence delivering groceries, living in Central Park, and learning English by reading dictionaries in bookstores.

Then Deo begins to meet the strangers who will change his life, pointing him eventually in the direction of Columbia University, medical school, and a life devoted to healing. Kidder breaks new ground in telling this unforgettable story as he travels with Deo back over a turbulent life and shows us what it means to be fully human.

8. Led by Faith: Rising from the Ashes of the Rwandan Genocide (Left to Tell)

Author: by Immaculee Ilibagiza
Hay House Inc.

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For three months in the spring of 1994, the African nation of Rwanda descended into one of the most vicious and bloody genocides the world has ever seen. Immacule Ilibagiza, a young university student, miraculously survived the savage killing spree that left most of her family, friends, and a million of her fellow citizens dead.

Immacule’s remarkable story of survival was documented in her first book, Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust. In Led By Faith, Immacule takes us with her as her remarkable journey continues. Through her simple and eloquent voice, we experience her hardships and heartache as she struggles to survive and to find meaning and purpose in the aftermath of the holocaust.

It is the story of a nave and vulnerable young woman, orphaned and alone, navigating through a bleak and dangerously hostile world with only an abiding faith in God to guide and protect her. Immacule fends off sinister new predators, seeks out and comforts scores of children orphaned by the genocide, and searches for love and companionship in a land where hatred still flourishes.

9. The Lost History of Christianity: The Thousand-Year Golden Age of the Church in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia–and How It Died

Author: by Philip Jenkins
315 pages

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Jenkins is one of America’s top religious scholars. Forbes magazineThe Lost History of Christianity by Philip Jenkins offers a revolutionary view of the history of the Christian church. Subtitled The Thousand-Year Golden Age of the Church in the Middle East, Africa, and Asiaand How It Died, it explores the extinction of the earliest, most influential Christian churches of China, India, and the Middle East, which held the closest historical links to Jesus and were the dominant expression of Christianity throughout its first millennium.

The remarkable true story of the demise of the institution that shaped both Asia and Christianity as we know them today, The Lost History of Christianity is a controversial and important work of religious scholarship that sounds a warning that must be heeded.

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

Author: by Martin Meredith
September 6, 2011

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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. In the Company of Heroes: The Personal Story Behind Black Hawk Down

Author: by Michael J. Durant
Berkley (December 5, 2006)
432 pages

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Piloting a U.S.Army Special Operations Blackhawk over Somalia, Michael Durant was shot down with a rocket-propelled grenade on October 3, 1993. With devastating injuries, he was taken prisoner by a Somali warlord. With revealing insight and emotion, he tells the story of what he saw, how he survived, and the courage and heroism that only soldiers under fire could ever know.

12. The Kebra Nagast: The Lost Bible of Rastafarian Wisdom and Faith (The Essential Wisdom Library)

Author: by Gerald Hausman
St. Martin's Essentials
208 pages

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The Kebra Nagast is a pivotal text in the Rastafarian tradition. Written in Ethiopia during the 14th century, this sacred tale tells the story of the relationship between the Biblical King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, as well as their son Menyelek who famously brought the Arc of the Covenant to Ethiopia.

A key text for Ethiopian Christians, The Kebra Nagast is also a fundamental sacred work of the Rastafarian tradition. Edited by Gerald Hausman, The Kebra Nagast: The Lost Bible of Rastafarian Wisdom and Faith weaves the core passages of the Kebra Nagast together with stories and tale from Rastafarian traditions.

This rich retelling is the latest title in the acclaimed Essential Wisdom Library series which brings sacred texts from all traditions to modern readers. The new edition of the book includes a foreword by Ziggy Marley, which explores the importance of the Kebra Nagast as a powerful text both in Rastafarian tradition and in a broader sense.

A clean, fresh design and inside cover printing give this ancient text modern appeal. A work of incredible cultural significance, The Kebra Nagast is far more than simply a piece of literature, but rather it is a testament to enduring richness of Ethiopian tradition and culture.


Wait for God to Notice

Author: by Sari Fordham
296 pages

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Wait for God to Notice is a love letter to an adopted country with an unstable past and an undeniable endurance to heal. In 1975, Uganda’s Finance Minister escaped to England saying, To live in Uganda today is hell. Idi Amin had declared himself president for life, the economy had crashed, and Ugandans were disappearing.

One year later, the Fordham family arrived as Seventh-day Adventist missionaries. Fordham narrates her childhood with lush, observant prose that is also at times quite funny. She describes her family’s insular faith, her mother’s Finnish heritage, the growing conflict between her parents, the dangerous politics of Uganda, and the magic of living in a house in the jungle.

Driver ants stream through their bedrooms, mambas drop out of the stove, and monkeys steal their tomatoes. Wait for God to Notice is a memoir about growing up in Uganda. It is also a memoir about mothers and daughters and about how children both know and don’t know their parents.

As teens, Fordham and her sister, Sonja, considered their mother overly cautious. After their mother dies of cancer, the author begins to wonder who her mother really was. As she recalls her childhood in Ugandathe way her mother killed snakes, sweet-talked soldiers, and sold goods on the black marketFordham understands that the legacy her mother left her daughters is one of courage and capability.

14. Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda

Author: by Roméo Dallaire
Da Capo Press
592 pages

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For the first time in the United States comes the tragic and profoundly important story of the legendary Canadian general who “watched as the devil took control of paradise on earth and fed on the blood of the people we were supposed to protect.” When Romeo Dallaire was called on to serve as force commander of the UN Assistance Mission for Rwanda, he believed that his assignment was to help two warring parties achieve the peace they both wanted.

Instead, he was exposed to the most barbarous and chaotic display of civil war and genocide in the past decade, observing in just one hundred days the killings of more than eight hundred thousand Rwandans. With only a few troops, his own ingenuity and courage to direct his efforts, Dallaire rescued thousands, but his call for more support from the world body fell on deaf ears.

In Shake Hands with the Devil, General Dallaire recreates the awful history the world community chose to ignore. He also chronicles his own progression from confident Cold Warrior to devastated UN commander, and finally to retired general struggling painfully, and publicly, to overcome posttraumatic stress disorder – the highest-ranking officer ever to share such experiences with readers.

15. 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.