Africa Reads

Here’s a few of the books I’ve enjoyed reading on Africa:

The Fate of Sudan: The Origins and Consequences of a Flawed Peace Process by John Young

The Root Causes of Sudan’s Civil Wars by Douglas H. Johnson

Civil Wars and Revolution in the Sudan: Essays on the Sudan, Southern Sudan and Darfur, 1962 – 2004 by Robert O. Collins

We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families by Philip Gourevitch

In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz: Living on the Brink of Disaster in the Congo by Michaela Wrong

Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa by Jason Stearns

Untapped: The Scramble for Africa’s Oil by John Ghazvinian

They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky: The Story of Three Lost Boys from Sudan by Benson Deng, Alephonsion Deng, and Benjamin Ajak with Judy Bernstein

King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa by Adam Hochschild

Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda by Romeo A. Dallaire

It’s Our Turn to Eat: The Story of a Kenyan Whistle-Blower by Michaela Wrong

The Wonga Coup: Guns, Thugs, and a Ruthless Determination to Create Mayhem in an Oil-Rich Corner of Africa by Adam Roberts

Chief of Station, Congo: Fighting the Cold War in a Hot Zone by Larry Devlin

The Translator by Daoud Hari

Sudan: Darfur and the Failure of an African State by Richard Crockett

Darfur: A New History of a Long War by Julie Flint and Alex de Waal

Sudan: Race, Religion, and Violence by Jok Madut Jok

Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa by Dambisa Moyo

Poisoned Wells: The Dirty Politics of African Oil by Nicholas Shaxson

A History of Modern Sudan by Robert O. Collins

Radio Congo: Signals of Hope from Africa’s Deadliest War by Ben Rawlence

And here’s what’s on my reading list. Suggestions are welcome!

China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants Are Building a New Empire in Africa by Howard W. French

Oil, Politics and Violence: Nigeria’s Military Coup Culture 1966-1976 by Max Siollun

Soldiers of Fortune: A History of Nigeria (1983-1993) by Max Siollun

Africa’s New Oil: Power, Pipelines and Future Fortunes by Celeste Hicks

The New Kings of Crude: China, India, and the Global Struggle for Oil in Sudan and South Sudan by Luke Patey

The Looting Machine: Warlords, Tycoons, Smugglers and the Systematic Theft of Africa’s Wealth by Tom Burgis

Getting Somalia Wrong?: Faith, War and Hope in a Shattered State by Mary Harper

War of Visions: Conflict of Identities in the Sudan by Francis M. Deng

The Sudan: Contested National Identities by Ann Mosely Lesch

The Congo Cables: The Cold War in Africa–From Eisenhower to Kennedy by Madeline Kalb

Africa’s World War: Congo, the Rwandan Genocide, and the Making of a Continental Catastrophe by Gerard Prunier

When Victims Become KillersColonialismNativism, and the Genocide in Rwanda by Mahmood Mamdani

Conspiracy to Murder: The Rwandan Genocide by Linda Melvern

The Dragon’s Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa by Deborah Brautigam

Machete Season: The Killers in Rwanda Speak by Jean Hatzfeld

The FearRobert Mugabe and the Martyrdom of Zimbabwe by Peter Godwin

The Rwanda CrisisHistory of a Genocide by Gerard Prunier

The Scramble for Africa: White Man’s Conquest of the Dark Continent from 1876-1912 by Thomas Pakenham

 I Didn’t Do It for You: How the World Betrayed a Small African Nation by Michela Wrong

The Assassination of Lumumba by Ludo De Witte

4 responses

  1. Great list! I would suggest: Congo, A History by David van Reybrouck. A non-fictional book on the history of Congo that reads like a novel. Couldn’t really find an online place to buy the English translation (original is in Dutch) but it’s supposed to have been published by HarperCollins.

    1. Thanks for the recommendation! Now to see if I can track it down. Challenge accepted!

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