Africa: A Biography of the Continent

Africa: A Biography of the Continent (Paperback)

By John Reader 
Publisher: Penguin UK
Edition: Paperback
Language: English
ISBN: 0140266755
EAN: 9780140266757
No. of Pages: 816
Publish Date: 1998-11-05
Binding: Paperback
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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."The ancestors of all humanity evolved in Africa," notes photojournalist John Reader at the beginning of this epic, panoramic overview of African history. From the formation of the continent to the present, Reader's informative narrative tells the story of the earliest dwellers and the natural obstacles of desert, jungle, and animals they faced, expertly entwining the development of humanity with the ecological and geographical evolution of the continent. He demonstrates how the physical makeup of Africa is like nowhere else on earth, both supporting and crippling human progress over time. Reader, who has lived and traveled in Africa for many years, explores the migration of humanity as early as 100,000 years ago out of Africa into Europe and South America, forming the earliest indigenous populations in these areas. At the same time he traces the effects of European settlers, slavery, and tribal warfare to the present day's independent states that have suffered through chronic disease, famine, and brutal conflict. Reader's passion for this continent is evident throughout the text, bringing to life his scrupulous research which explores in fascinating detail, the intricate and complex history of Africa. --
Jeremy Storey

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Title: Africa: A Biography of the Continent
Publisher: Penguin UK
Author: John Reader
Edition: Paperback
Language: English
ISBN: 0140266755
EAN: 9780140266757
No. of Pages: 816
Publish Date: 1998-11-05
Binding: Paperback

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