Africa: APIC Web Bookshop, 3/8/98

Africa: APIC Web Bookshop, 3/8/98

Africa: APIC Web Bookshop
Date distributed (ymd): 980308
APIC Document

APIC's Africa Web Bookshop

We are pleased to announce the debut on the Africa Policy Web
Site of APIC's Africa Web Bookshop. (Yes, you can really buy
books there, even if it is in cyberspace!).

On the site at
you will find listings and recommendations for books we think
you might be interested in. Some of them you can purchase at
Amazon, the on-line bookstore, with a direct link from our
site. Others you can order directly from the publishers (we
will give you the necessary contact information) or through a
book dealer such as the Africa Book Centre in London.

This bookshop is doubly virtual -- we are on-line plus you
don't actually get most of these books from APIC. We don't
have the staff, the storage space or the capital to invest in
inventory to maintain a non-virtual bookshop. So, except for
APIC's own publications, you don't send the order to us. Order
from Amazon, from the Africa Book Centre, or from the

What is in it for us? We are glad to let you know about books
that may help build a more informed constituency for Africa.
And, for books that Amazon has in stock, we get a referral
fee. We don't expect to make a lot of money, but we hope that
it can provide some additional support for our educational

What is in it for you? Book references carefully selected for
their relevance to Africa policy issues, convenience in
ordering books unlikely to be available in your local
bookshop, and a way to express your support and appreciation
for APIC services.

Do come take a look. Our virtual bookshop is just beginning.
We are in an experimental stage. How rapidly we expand
from this small start will depend on your response (as
measured by visits and referral fees from Amazon) and on how
much staff time we find is needed to maintain and expand the
shop. We hope you find it useful. Browse around and come back

P.S. We have not yet made a final decision on the name of the
bookshop -- let us know if you have a suggestion.


for Readers at U.S. Educational Institutions
(this note is going only to .edu e-mail addresses)

Among the options we are considering for the Africa Web
Bookshop is to place lists of assigned books for African
Studies courses so that students will have the option of
ordering through our site rather than through their campus
bookshop (and our web site visitors would have the advantage
of knowing your book suggestions). We need information from
you to evaluate whether this is a practical project.

So if you assign books to be purchased for African Studies
courses, we would very much appreciate your answers to the
following questions. If you do not assign books for courses,
we would appreciate your passing this note to teachers at your
institution who do.

1. <Your name>
[ ]

2. <Your institution>
[ ]

3. <Your e-mail address>
[ ]

4. <Would you consider giving your students the option of
ordering Africa course books that are in stock at
through the Africa Web Bookshop?
Yes [ ] No [ ]

5. <On average, approximately how many Africa course books do
you assign per year?>
[ ]

6. <Please specify the months in which the semesters or
quarters in which you teach Africa courses begin.>
[ ]

7. <How many weeks in advance would you be able to submit
booklists for us to be posted on the site?>
[ ]


The first special feature on the bookshop site is the
suggestions you sent in for airplane reading for President
Clinton's trip to Africa. The suggestions to date are listed
below. The site also has other key links for African books
and publishing (also listed below). Your additional
suggestions are welcome, and should be sent to To suggest a book for President
Clinton's trip, please use the form at the end of this


Recommended Reading for President Clinton

According to a White House announcement on February 12, US President Bill Clinton will visit five African countries between March 22 and April 2: Senegal, Ghana, Botswana, South Africa and Uganda. In late January, APIC asked readers of the Africa Policy Electronic Distribution List to suggest books for the President's pre-trip preparation or airplane reading on the trip. The results so far are below.

Books Recommended by APIC Staff

Maryse Conde, Segu. New York: Penguin, 1996. ISBN: 014025949X.

Segu is a powerful and accurate historical novel that describes the impact of Islam and Christianity on a West African society in the 18th century, just before the formation of the United States. Gives insight into complex historical forces that have left their legacy for contemporary Africa. -- Pearl-Alice Marsh, Executive Director, APIC

Karl Maier, Into the House of the Ancestors: Inside the New Africa. New York: John Wiley & Sons, January 1998. 278 pp. ISBN: 047113547X.

Exceptional among books by Western journalists, this readable report finds inspiration in and presents the voices of ordinary Africans who are drawing on their heritage and building the future around the continent. Without avoiding the horrors and problems--from genocide in Rwanda to child soldiers to AIDS--Maier stresses the initiative and determination of rarely acknowledged individuals finding the way ahead one step at a time. -- William Minter, Senior Research Fellow, APIC

Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi and Algresia Akwi-Ogajor, editors. Taking the African Women's Movement into the 21st Century: Report of the First African Women's Leadership Institute, February 22nd to March 14th, 1997, Kampala, Uganda.. London: Akina Mama wa Afrika, June 1997. Available from Africa Books Centre, London.

I highly recommend this concise and inspiring compilation. Much more than your ordinary conference report, it showcases innovative, dynamic activists and scholars in African women's movement activities with representatives from 18 African countries. -- Vicki Lynn Ferguson, Director, Strategic Action Programs, APIC

Books Recommended by Africa Policy Distribution List Readers

Michael Bratton and Nicolas van de Walle, Democratic Experiments in Africa: Regime Transitions in Comparative Perspective (Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. September 1997. 352 pp. ISBN: 0521556120.

Best comparative analysis of political change in Africa in many years with hard statistical data. -- Dave Peterson, Program Officer, National Endowment for Democracy

Jerker Carlsson, Gloria Somolekae and Nicolas van de Walle, Foreign Aid in Africa: Learning from Country Experiences. Uppsala, Sweden: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, 1997. 224 pp. Available from Nordiska Afrikainstitutet (Web:; E-mail:

This is an important book because it strikes a fair balance on mutual responsibilities of donors and recipients. Aid effectiveness is possible and the case studies provide ample evidence to this effect. Of course, things can always be better but unless donors are prepared to change entrenched political preoccupations and let development priorities, identified in cooperation with African countries, determine forms and approaches to aid, progress will remain slow in the making. As now the clear "under-performer" in terms of development aid, the US administration and public can gain many insights from this timely book. -- Glenn Brigaldino, GBC-Services in Development Cooperation

Basil Davidson, Search for Africa; History, Culture, Politics. New York: Times Books, April 1995. ISBN: 0812925270.

The search for Africa forms a bridge between the three parallel enterprises of history, culture and politics. It reveals how culture justifies itself by history, how history influences culture, and how politics threads its way through both... This book is indispensible to anyone interested in understanding Africa and Africans... It will help anyone understand why Africans do what they do, where to look for answers for African problems and how to better help them. Africans can help themselves if given a chance. -- John Tra, Owner and Animator of a francophone discussion group named "afrique", Biologist, University of Missouri, Columbia

David G. Maillu, Broken Drum. Nairobi, Kenya: Jomo Kenyatta Foundation and Maillu Publishing House, 1991. ISBN: 9966862137.

Probably the most important African novel of the nineties. Shows with gripping story telling (covering 200 years of history and the present) that the African dilemma is not economically linked only but a matter of broken identity, dividing whole nations. -- Alex Timo Purr, M.A. African Studies, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, Germany

Mahmood Mamdani, Citizen and Subject: Contemporary Africa and the Legacy of Late Colonialism (Princeton Studies in Culture/Power/History). Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, May 1996. 353 pp. ISBN: 0691027935.

This compelling and groundbreaking book by the highly respected Ugandan scholar makes a number of crucial points with the key claim being that post-colonial regimes have failed to transcend or even seriously challenge the inherited distinction between (urban) citizens and (rural) subjects. -- Richard Pithouse, Department of Philosophy, University of Durban-Westville, Durban, South Africa

Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela. New York: Little, Brown & Co, October 1995. 625 pp. ISBN: 0316548189.

An insider's view not only of the life of one of the most important statesman of the 20th century, but an indepth overview of the antiapatheid struggle. -- Frances M. Beal, Free Lance Writer, former Associate Editor of Black Scholar Magazine. Reviewed this book for San Francisco Chronicle at time of publication.

Michael Maren, The Road to Hell: The Ravaging Effects of Foreign Aid and International Charity. New York: The Free Press, January 1997. 287 pp. ISBN: 0684828006.

Makes the argument that the aid system as it now exists empowers dictators and the other institutions that are the reasons for Africa's economic problems to begin with. Set primarily in Somalia, it shows how Western "generosity" played a huge role in the destruction of Somali society. -- Michael Maren, Contributing Editor, New York Magazine

Dubem Okafor, Ph.D., The Dance of Death: Nigerian History & Christopher Okigbo's Poetry. Lawrenceville, New Jersey: Africa World Press, Inc., December 1997. 232 pp. ISBN: 0865435553.

The integration of history, biography, and criticism is masterful.... The Dance of Death promises to intrigue and educate the critic, the historian, the political scientist, and the psychologist of culture.... -- Dubem Okafor, Ph.D., Professor, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania


Other Key Links for African Books and Publishing

(1)Africa Book Centre

This bookshop in London has a wide variety of Africa-related books available for order by e-mail, with credit card payment. (2) Africa World Press

Along with its affiliate, Red Sea press, Africa World Press publishes a wide range of books on African and African-American subjects.

(3)African Books Collective, Oxford

Founded by African publishers to distribute their books overseas, ABC (e-mail: ) supplies books from 50 African publishers. Most of its books can be ordered through the Internet Bookshop at

(4) CODE Europe

This site contains all the issues of Partners in African Publishing, an extensive news report on efforts to advance publishing on the African continent.

(5) Zimbabwe International Book Fair

Africa's largest book fair, held annually in Harare. The theme for the August 1-8 event in 1998 is Children in Africa.

Additional Links at Stanford University

A list of links to dealers in Africa-related books accessible by e-mail or the Web.

An extensive list of other links to publishers of Africa-related books.

[Note to readers without web access: Although web pages such as these are available through web-by-email servers, it is likely to be quite complex to place an order in this way.Our suggestion is that you be in touch with the African Book Centre in London (, which features orders available by e-mail and distributes occasional listings of new books.]


To make a book suggestion, just put this form in an e-mail to (cut and paste the form into a new message) and fill in the blanks. Your answers can be more than one line, but please keep within the brackets and don't delete them.
1. <title of book>
[ ]

2. <author(s) of book>
[ ]

3. <place of publication>
[ ]

4. <publisher>
[ ]

4. <year of publication>
[ ]

6. <mailing address and other contact information for
[ ]

7. <URL of publishers' web site, if available>
[ ]

8. <your one- or two-sentence comment on the book>
[ ]

9. <your name>
[ ]

10. <your title and institutional affiliation, or other
[ ]

11. <your city and country of residence>

[ ]


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Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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