my Africa phase

A Listmania! list by Todd Smalley "todd68" (Minneapolis)
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The list author says: "I recently realized that a decent amount of what I've been reading over the last few years has been about Africa & thought it might be useful to catalog it"
What is the What
1.  What is the What by Dave Eggers
The list author says:
  "also on my top all-time list; one of the best non-fiction works ever. This started off a lot of the others on my list."
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We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda
2.  We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda by Philip Gourevitch
The list author says:
  "an excellent primer on the Rwandan genocide"
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Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust
3.  Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust by Immaculee Ilibagiza
The list author says:
  "a personal account of the Rwandan massacre. Horrifying and somehow inspiring.  A good companion to Gourevitch's reporting."
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4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,022 customer reviews) | 5 customer discussions

Say You're One of Them
4.  Say You're One of Them by Uwem Akpan
The list author says:
  "stories told from the point of view of African children in different predicaments. Hands down, the saddest work of fiction I've ever read."
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Strength in What Remains
5.  Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder
The list author says:
  "an inspiring, well-told tale of a Burundian man who fled his country during the genocide there. I am a fan of Kidder in general and was glad he focused his efforts here."
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The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It
6.  The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It by Paul Collier
The list author says:
  "Collier is incredible - a development economist who knows what works in Africa and when and why."
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The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time
7.  The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time by Jeffrey Sachs
The list author says:
  "a good pairing with Collier's book - more hopeful, more specific, though perhaps more naive"
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
8.  A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah
The list author says:
  "this one seems to have sold a lot, but it's also one of the few books I've given up on.  I think it was because I tried to read it right after Eggers' book, to topic was similar, and it fell so flat by comparison"
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A Bend in the River
9.  A Bend in the River by V. S. Naipaul
The list author says:
  "very different from most of the other books on this list. A novel set in a time when Africa seemed on the cusp of fulfilling its great promise, and when people from other continent emigrated there to seek their fortune, and not just from natural resources.  The writing alone makes this worth the read."
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Things Fall Apart
10.  Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
The list author says:
  "I read this about 10 years ago, so it's not really part of this phase. This timing may explain why, despite the Nobel and recognition as the classic African novel, it didn't stick with me as much as any of the others on the list.  Maybe I should reread it now..."
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King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa
11.  King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa by Adam Hochschild
The list author says:
  "This is a fantastic work of history on the beginnings of colonial Africa, specifically the Belgian colony.  The information was new to me, and I particularly liked the author's editorial voice in the book, inserted at just the right times and manner to keep it a book of non-fiction without losing the humanity of the story. Should be read with Heart of Darkness."
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The Thing Around Your Neck
12.  The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The list author says:
  "next on the list. I saw the author's TED talk and was impressed"
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