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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
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