Africa: A Biography of the Continent

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Penguin Books Limited, Nov 5, 1998 - History - 816 pages
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Drawing on many years of African experience, John Reader has written a book of startling grandeur and scope that recreates the great panorama of African history, from the primeval cataclysms that formed the continent to the political upheavals facing much of the continent today. Reader tells the extraordinary story of humankind's adaptation to the ferocious obstacles of forest, river and desert, and to the threat of debilitating parasites, bacteria and viruses unmatched elsewhere in the world. He also shows how the world's richest assortment of animals and plants has helped - or hindered - human progress in Africa.

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The was an excellent overview of Africa. - Goodreads
Easy to read and very very informative. - Goodreads
Such an inclusive overview on Africa and it's history. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Christopher - Goodreads

Africa: A Biography of the Continent by John Reader is an unusual hybrid of a history book. There is, of course, the broad survey of African peoples and civilization from pre-history to the 20th ... Read full review

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User Review  - Edward Waverley - Goodreads

Steve Sailer had a few interesting comments about this book on his blog: "The only book I've read that has wrestled seriously with the implications of sub-Saharan Africa's relative lack of ruins is ... Read full review

About the author (1998)

John Reader is a writer and photojournalist with more than forty years professional experience, much of it in Africa. Born in London in 1937, he currently holds an Honorary Research Fellowship in the Department of Anthropology at University CollegeLondon, and is a fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute and the Royal Geographical Society. He is the author of Pyramids of Life, Missing Links: The Hunt for Earliest Man; Kilimanjaro; The Rise of Life; Mount Kenya and Man on Earth.

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