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Best books on contemporary Africa

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The Zanzibar Chest: A Memoir of Love and War
The Zanzibar Chest: A Memoir of Love and War
"The experiences of a Reuter's correspondent expressed with clarity and candour uncluttered by political agenda."
Fishing in Africa: A Guide to War and Corruption (Picador Books)
Fishing in Africa: A Guide to War and Corruption (Picador Books)
"The experiences of another respected correspondent ably illustrating the simultaneous love and frustration many of us feel when working in Africa."
Banana Sunday : Datelines From Africa
Banana Sunday : Datelines From Africa
"A candid, necessarily sometimes bleak, more often humorous account from another 'Old Hand'.  Chris Munnion is a very experienced and highly respected correspondent."
Africa: Dispatches from a Fragile Continent: Despatches from a Fragile Continent
Africa: Dispatches from a Fragile Continent: Despatches from a Fragile Continent
"You should read this to undertsand how things sometimes go swimmingly and other times, disastrously wrong.  Controversial, but Blaine Harden's perspective is valid."
The Scramble For Africa
The Scramble For Africa
"Historical, not contemporary but a must read.  Merits re-reading a couple of times."
Angola: Promises and Lies
Angola: Promises and Lies
"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."
Scoop
Scoop
"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."
The State of Africa: A History of Fifty Years of Independence
The State of Africa: A History of Fifty Years of Independence
"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."
The Wonga Coup: Simon Mann's Plot to Seize Oil Billions in Africa
The Wonga Coup: Simon Mann's Plot to Seize Oil Billions in Africa
"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."
French Lessons In Africa: Travels with my Briefcase through French Africa
French Lessons In Africa: Travels with my Briefcase through French Africa
"Recollections of business travel in Francophone Africa."
An Unorthodox Soldier: Peace and War and the Sandline Affair
An Unorthodox Soldier: Peace and War and the Sandline Affair
"Quote from 'A Reader': 'A must read which has none of the dryness or self-congratulation which is so often present in auto-biographies'."
The Reluctant Mercenary
The Reluctant Mercenary
"This is how easy it is to be sucked into something far bigger and more dangerous than one had expected."
The Shadow of the Sun: My African Life
The Shadow of the Sun: My African Life
"Kapuscinski, a Polish corespondent, provides the reader with a deeper understanding of the Continent."
Africa: A Biography of the Continent
Africa: A Biography of the Continent
"Africa from the very beginning  to the present.  An excellent reference work."