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Africa: A Biography of the Continent Hardcover – 1 Apr 1998

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  • Hardcover: 801 pages
  • Publisher: Non Basic Stock Line; First American Edition edition (April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679409793
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679409793
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 18.4 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,493,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Awe-inspiring . . . a masterly synthesis."
--"The New York Times Book Review
"Deeply penetrating, intensely thought-provoking and thoroughly informed . . . one of the most important general surveys of Africa that has been produced in the last decade." --"The Washington Post
In 1978, paleontologists in East Africa discovered the earliest evidence of our divergence from the apes: three pre-human footprints, striding away from a volcano, were preserved in the petrified surface of a mudpan over three million years ago. Out of Africa, the world's most ancient and stable landmass, Homo sapiens dispersed across the globe. And yet the continent that gave birth to human history has long been woefully misunderstood and mistreated by the rest of the world.
In a book as splendid in its wealth of information as it is breathtaking in scope, British writer and photojournalist John Reader brings to light Africa's geology and evolution, the majestic array of its landforms and environments, the rich diversity of its peoples and their ways of life, the devastating legacies of slavery and colonialism as well as recent political troubles and triumphs. Written in simple, elegant prose and illustrated with Reader's own photographs, Africa: A Biography of the Continent is an unforgettable book that will delight the general reader and expert alike.
"Breathtaking in its scope and detail." --"San Francisco Chronicle --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

John Reader is a writer and photojournalist. Born in London in 1937, he lived and traveled in Africa for many years. He currently holds an Honorary Research Fellowship in the Department of Anthropology at University College London. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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