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Tribes of the Great Rift Valley Hardcover – November 1, 2007

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About the Author

Elizabeth L. Gilbert moved to Africa in 1991 to work as a photojournalist. Her images of conflicts and cultural issues in Somalia, Rwanda, and other East African countries have appeared in Time, Newsweek, Life, and The New York Times, as well as numerous major European publications. She is the author of Broken Spears: A Maasai Journey.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (November 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810994119
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810994119
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 1.4 x 13.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,568,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elizabeth Gilbert is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love, as well as the short story collection, Pilgrims--a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award, and winner of the 1999 John C. Zacharis First Book Award from Ploughshares. A Pushcart Prize winner and National Magazine Award-nominated journalist, she works as writer-at-large for GQ. Her journalism has been published in Harper's Bazaar, Spin, and The New York Times Magazine, and her stories have appeared in Esquire, Story, and the Paris Review.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Satz on February 23, 2010
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I was in Borders looking for a coffee table book about Africa. Most of the books I looked at seemed more interested in honoring the author's enormous ego than in honoring the Africans who were being photographed.

This book immediately caught my eye. The photograph on the cover is beautiful, but beyond that, I noticed the camera angle was looking up to its subject (as opposed to "down on"). The second thing I noticed was the text. In the other books often the biggest word on the cover was the name of the photojournalist. A picture says a thousand words, and I liked what this picture was saying.

As I paged through the book I grew even more impressed. The photography is absolutely stunning, and the story told through the pictures and their captions is deeply moving, a testament to the author's humbleness and integrity, not to mention *talent.*

If you're looking for a coffee table book on traditional African tribal culture, this is the one to get.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By alan goldman on December 12, 2011
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This is a work of art. The photographs are the most beautiful I have ever seen.The narrative is informative and passionate.
I have never been to Africa, so my mental images come from books movies and pictures. Those mental images have been changed by Ms. Gilbert's book.
I now see Africa in a different light, and have a greater appreciation for its beauty and complexity.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alexandra Star on May 19, 2010
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This is a beautiful book, with black and white photographs of some of the disappearing peoples of the Great Rift Valley. While it comes behind incredible works by others in this field, like Mirella Ricciardi's "Vanishing Africa" and several of Carol Beckwith's books, I think the author gave it a very comprehensive try and came out with an interesting book. Some of the photographs were taken at great distances, showing big landscapes, where I would have preferred more in-depth glimpses into the faces of the people of the land.
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