Best books on contemporary Africa

A Listmania! list by Tom (Angola)
 
The Zanzibar Chest: A Memoir of Love and War
1.  The Zanzibar Chest: A Memoir of Love and War by Aidan Hartley
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  "The experiences of a Reuter's correspondent expressed with clarity and candour uncluttered by political agenda."
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Fishing in Africa: A Guide to War and Corruption (Picador Books)
2.  Fishing in Africa: A Guide to War and Corruption (Picador Books) by Andrew Buckoke
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  "The experiences of another respected correspondent ably illustrating the simultaneous love and frustration many of us feel when working in Africa."
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Banana Sunday : Datelines From Africa
3.  Banana Sunday : Datelines From Africa by Chris Munnion
The list author says:
  "A candid, necessarily sometimes bleak, more often humorous account from another 'Old Hand'.  Chris Munnion is a very experienced and highly respected correspondent."
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Africa: Dispatches from a Fragile Continent: Despatches from a Fragile Continent
4.  Africa: Dispatches from a Fragile Continent: Despatches from a Fragile Continent by Blaine Harden
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  "You should read this to undertsand how things sometimes go swimmingly and other times, disastrously wrong.  Controversial, but Blaine Harden's perspective is valid."
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The Scramble For Africa
5.  The Scramble For Africa by Thomas Pakenham
The list author says:
  "Historical, not contemporary but a must read.  Merits re-reading a couple of times."
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Angola: Promises and Lies
6.  Angola: Promises and Lies by Karl Maier
The list author says:
  "An account of an ignored rather than forgotten war.  Illustrates the difficulties faced by the UN when intervening in regional conflicts (naivety and arrogance as well!).  Well written, easy to read."
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Scoop
7.  Scoop by Evelyn Waugh
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  "Written in 1938 but as valid today as it was then.  It isn't racist, it is a satirical view of ignorance and prejudice presented with humour.  It pokes fun at the establishment."
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The State of Africa: A History of Fifty Years of Independence
8.  The State of Africa: A History of Fifty Years of Independence by Martin Meredith
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  "Straight from the hip.  Read this but bear in mind the extent of foreign post colonial intervention and the support this gave to corrupt regimes and practices."
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The Wonga Coup: Simon Mann's Plot to Seize Oil Billions in Africa
9.  The Wonga Coup: Simon Mann's Plot to Seize Oil Billions in Africa by Adam Roberts
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  "The plan was fine.  Loose security and a failure to take into account strategic interests (West african Oil) doomed the operation. They were shopped, basically."
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French Lessons In Africa: Travels with my Briefcase through French Africa
10.  French Lessons In Africa: Travels with my Briefcase through French Africa by Peter Biddlecombe
The list author says:
  "Recollections of business travel in Francophone Africa."
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An Unorthodox Soldier: Peace and War and the Sandline Affair
11.  An Unorthodox Soldier: Peace and War and the Sandline Affair by Tim Spicer
The list author says:
  "Quote from 'A Reader': 'A must read which has none of the dryness or self-congratulation which is so often present in auto-biographies'."
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The Reluctant Mercenary
12.  The Reluctant Mercenary by Tim A. Smith
The list author says:
  "This is how easy it is to be sucked into something far bigger and more dangerous than one had expected."
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The Shadow of the Sun: My African Life
13.  The Shadow of the Sun: My African Life by Ryszard Kapuscinski
The list author says:
  "Kapuscinski, a Polish corespondent, provides the reader with a deeper understanding of the Continent."
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Africa: A Biography of the Continent
14.  Africa: A Biography of the Continent by John Reader
The list author says:
  "Africa from the very beginning  to the present.  An excellent reference work."
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