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Africa: A Biography of the Continent, by John Reader

Good on archaeology, soul-searingly good on the colonial era, the only significant gap is that there is little about Islam. Reader is a white South African, so he has a mixed outsider/insider perspective on the continent. He continually stresses how much of African culture is and was homegrown, for instance, and is honest about the impact and legacy of slavery into the 20th century.

actual post date: Nov. 17, 2009.

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