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Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya
Caroline Elkins
0805080015
December 2005
Paperback
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Book Review
Forty years after Kenyan independence from Britain, the words "Mau Mau" still conjure images of crazed savages hacking up hapless white settlers with machetes. The British Colonial Office, struggling to preserve its far-flung empire of dependencies after World War II, spread hysteria about Kenya's Mau Mau independence movement by depicting its supporters among the Kikuyu people as irrational terrorists and monsters. Caroline Elkins, a historian at Harvard University, has done a masterful job setting the record straight in her epic investigation, Imperial Reckoning. After years of research in London and Kenya, including interviews with hundreds of Kenyans, settlers, and former British officials, Elkins has written the first book about the eight-year British war against the Mau Mau.

She concludes that the war, one of the...



Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya
Caroline Elkins
0805076530
January 2005
Hardcover
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Book Review
Forty years after Kenyan independence from Britain, the words "Mau Mau" still conjure images of crazed savages hacking up hapless white settlers with machetes. The British Colonial Office, struggling to preserve its far-flung empire of dependencies after World War II, spread hysteria about Kenya's Mau Mau independence movement by depicting its supporters among the Kikuyu people as irrational terrorists and monsters. Caroline Elkins, a historian at Harvard University, has done a masterful job setting the record straight in her epic investigation, Imperial Reckoning. After years of research in London and Kenya, including interviews with hundreds of Kenyans, settlers, and former British officials, Elkins has written the first book about the eight-year British war against the Mau Mau.

She concludes that the war, one of the...



The Lions of Tsavo
Bruce D. Patterson
0071363335
Jan 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
The culmination of a wildlife expert's life-long work on the "man-eating" lions of Tsavo, this deftly written study examines the history of two male lions who systematically hunted, killed and ate 135 railroad workers when the British built a railroad across Africa a century ago. The fascinating and horrifying story of these killings has already be the subject of a popular nonfiction book (The Man-Eaters of Tsavo and other East African Adventures, first published in 1907 and still in print today) and a Hollywood film (1996's The Ghost and the Darkness), but Patterson's book must now be considered the definitive Tsavo lion study. Patterson's research at Chicago's Field Museum and his work establishing the Tsavo National Park-the most important wildlife preserve in East Africa-have established him as one of the...


Histories of the Hanged: The Dirty War in Kenya and the End of Empire
David Anderson
039332754X
October 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Anderson's authoritative history of the last days of the British Empire in Kenya focuses on the colonial judicial system, which sent over 1,000 native Kenyans to the gallows between 1952 and 1959, during the state of emergency triggered by the Mau Mau insurrection. At the heart of the tale, along with blustering colonial ineptitude, is white settler ignorance of how its land grabs wreaked havoc on the Kikuyu tribe, Kenya's largest ethnic group and a people viciously targeted by the British, who were intent on rooting out Mau Mau activism at all costs. Anderson, a lecturer in African studies at Oxford, shows how paternalistic land reallocations and relocation of the Kenyan tribes to settlements fostered deep resentment, sewing the seeds of a bloody black-on-black massacre in 1952. Brilliantly analyzing the...


The Birds of East Africa : Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi (Princeton Field Guides)
Terry Stevenson, John Fanshawe
0691126658
January 30, 2006
Paperback
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Book Description

Birds of East Africa is the first comprehensive field guide to this spectacular birding region--and one of the best to any region in the world. Covering all resident, migrant, and vagrant birds of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi, this small and compact guide describes and illustrates a remarkable 1,388 species in convenient facing-page layout. Featuring 287 new color plates with 3,400 images painstakingly rendered by three experienced artists, the guide illustrates all the plumages and major races likely to be encountered. Set opposite the plates are range maps and concise accounts describing identification, status, range, habits, and voice for each species. Introductory sections provide notes on how to use the species accounts, the nomenclature adopted, conservation issues, where to send...



Out of Africa (Modern Library Series)
Isak Dinesen
0679600213
September 1992
Hardcover
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From 500 Great Books by Women; review by Lynne Auld
From 1914 to 1931, Danish aristocrat Baroness Karen Blixen owned and operated a coffee plantation in Kenya. After the plantation failed, she returned to Europe and began to write under the pen name Isak Dinesen. Out of Africa reads like a collection of stories in which she adheres to no strict chronology, gives no explanation of the facts of her life, and apologizes for nothing. First published in 1937, Out of Africa is not free of the colonial or racist attitudes of its time; yet, within that context, Isak Dinesen is an enlightened observer and participant as she describes the experience of British East Africa before World War II. She portrays in rich detail the vast land around her, alive with strange and wonderful human populations; the thrilling terror of a nocturnal...


Women of Fire and Spirit
Cynthia Hoehler-Fatton
0195097904
Apr 1996
Hardcover
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Book Description
The African Christian Roho religion, or Holy Spirit movement, is a charismatic and prophetic movement that arose in the Luo region of western Kenya. This movement has fascinated students of history and religion for more than sixty years, but surprisingly has not been extensively studied. This book fills that lacuna. In Women of Fire and Spirit, Cynthia Hoehler-Fatton uses the extensive oral histories and life narratives of active participants in the faith, giving them full voice in constructing the history of their Church. In doing so, she counter-balances the existing historical literature, which draws heavily on colonial records. Hoehler-Fatton's sources call into question the paradigm of "schism" that has dominated the discussion of African independent Christianity. Faith, rather than schism or politics, emerges...


The White Rhino Hotel
Bartle Bull
0786707984
September 30, 2000
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Bull ventures into historical fiction with his second book, although the subject matter is the same as his earlier nonfiction work, Safari (Viking, 1988). In addition to providing an interesting look at the nature of life in Kenya at the end of World War I, Bull's novel is a steamy adventure filled with lust, villains, heroes, and antiheroes. The plot focuses on an ensemble of colonists and natives as they struggle to survive in a Kenya opened up to British veterans in 1919. Most of the action centers around Anton Rider, a gypsy from England. The dwarf Olivio Fonseca Alavedo, however, is destined to be one of the most original characters in fiction, as he becomes the very definition of antihero by the end. Historical fiction can be washed up on the rocks of anachronism, but Rhino rings true, including the...


Women of Fire and Spirit
Cynthia Hoehler-Fatton
0195097912
Apr 1996
Paperback
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Book Description
The African Christian Roho religion, or Holy Spirit movement, is a charismatic and prophetic movement that arose in the Luo region of western Kenya. This movement has fascinated students of history and religion for more than sixty years, but surprisingly has not been extensively studied. This
book fills that lacuna.

In Women of Fire and Spirit, Cynthia Hoehler-Fatton uses the extensive oral histories and life narratives of active participants in the faith, giving them full voice in constructing the history of their Church. In doing so, she counter-balances the existing historical literature, which draws heavily
on colonial records. Hoehler-Fatton's sources call into question the paradigm of "schism" that has dominated the discussion of African independent Christianity. Faith, rather than schism or...


Out of Africa and Shadows on the Grass
Isak Dinesen
0679724753
October 1989
Paperback
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Book Review
Out of Africa is Karin Blixen's love letter to the country she called home for nearly 20 years. Arriving in British East Africa (now Kenya) from Denmark in 1914, Blixen--Isak Dinesen was her pen name--was immediately seduced by the landscape of the Ngong hill country, not to mention the animals and people who inhabited it. Her descriptions bring this wonderland alive for readers: out on safari, she recalls the movements of a group of giraffes, "in their queer, inimitable, vegetative gracefulness, as if it were not a herd of animals but a family of rare, long-stemmed, speckled gigantic flowers slowly advancing." Blixen laces into her reverie the account of her coffee plantation--which ultimately succumbed to high altitude, droughts, and tumbling international coffee prices--and tales of her friendships with other colonials in...


Trouble Showed the Way
Claire C. Robertson
0253211514
Dec 1997
Paperback
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The Rough Guide to Kenya
Richard Trillo
1858288592
July 1, 2002
Paperback
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Adventure Travel, March/April 2000, UK
I found the Rough Guide far better [than the Lonely Planet guide] with more up-to-date info. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Africa Environment & Wildlife, Spring 2000
A good travel guide...most informative. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Dear Exile: The True Story of Two Friends Separated (for a Year) by an Ocean
Hilary Liftin
0375703675
May 1999
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
One woman has the privilege of a happy, secure marriage while confronting the poverty of a Third World country. The other enjoys the luxuries of a big American city while struggling to find romantic happiness. In this humorous, touching, real-as-daylight collection of letters former college roommates Liftin and Montgomery exchanged during their year apart, we see the support and humor two 20-something women can offer each other as they move down disparate paths. In the small Kenyan town where she and her husband are spending 12 months as Peace Corps volunteers, Montgomery realizes that, although she can gamely adjust to eating rancid goat stew, living with fist-sized spiders and having her house exorcised of genies, the tasks of caning students until they bleed and teaching them to "sit down and shut up" while...


Mau Mau and Kenya
Wunyabari O. Maloba
0253211662
Mar 1998
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Maloba (history, Univ. of Delaware) has produced a scholarly study of the Mau Mau revolt in Kenya in the 1950s. While much has been written about Mau Mau over the years, those works have been more narrowly focused; Maloba's study differs in that it gives greater weight to the importance of nationalism as a factor in this revolt. While he compares and contrasts Mau Mau with other such peasant revolts, he also seeks to produce a systematic and comprehensive analysis of Mau Mau, including its political, economic, social, ideological, and military dimensions, from its inception down to its significance in postcolonial Kenya. Recommended for specialists in the field.- Paul H. Thomas, Hoover Inst. Lib., Stanford, Cal.Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable...


Histories of the Hanged: The Dirty War in Kenya and the End of Empire
David Anderson
0393059863
January 30, 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Anderson's authoritative history of the last days of the British Empire in Kenya focuses on the colonial judicial system, which sent over 1,000 native Kenyans to the gallows between 1952 and 1959, during the state of emergency triggered by the Mau Mau insurrection. At the heart of the tale, along with blustering colonial ineptitude, is white settler ignorance of how its land grabs wreaked havoc on the Kikuyu tribe, Kenya's largest ethnic group and a people viciously targeted by the British, who were intent on rooting out Mau Mau activism at all costs. Anderson, a lecturer in African studies at Oxford, shows how paternalistic land reallocations and relocation of the Kenyan tribes to settlements fostered deep resentment, sewing the seeds of a bloody black-on-black massacre in 1952. Brilliantly analyzing the...


Flame Trees of Thika: Memories of an African Childhood
Elspeth Joscelin Huxley
0141183780
February 2000
Paperback
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From 500 Great Books by Women; review by Erica Bauermeister
In 1913, at the age of six, Elspeth Huxley accompanied her parents from England to their recently acquired land in Kenya, "a bit of El Dorado my father had been fortunate enough to buy in the bar of the Norfolk hotel from a man wearing an Old Etonian tie." The land is not nearly what its seller claimed, but Elspeth's parents are undaunted and begin their coffee plantation. Her mother, a resourceful, adventurous woman, "eager always to extract from every moment its last drop of interest or pleasure," keeps an eye on Elspeth's education but also allows her extensive freedom. Through Elspeth Huxley's marvelous gift for description, early twentieth-century Kenya comes alive with all the excitement and naive insight of a child who watches with eyes wide open as coffee trees are...


The Shadow of Kilimanjaro
Rick Ridgeway (Photographer)
0805053905
October 1, 1999
Paperback
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Book Review
Known for such feats as being the first climber to reach the summit of K2 without bottled oxygen, climbing Antarctica's highest mountain, and leading a team to the top of a formidable 2,000-foot granite tower in the most remote corner of the Amazon's Orinoco jungle, Rick Ridgeway, in his latest book, takes a walk. Of course, it's no ordinary stroll. Accompanied by park officers, Ridgeway treks unprotected among lions and elephants, rhinos and oryxes.

The Shadow of Kilimanjaro is as much a search for answers to an adventurer's most soul-searching questions as an account of a thrilling journey. In the introduction Ridgeway writes, Henry David Thoreau did not write that in wilderness is the preservation of the world, as he is oft misquoted, but that "In wildness is the preservation of the world." There is a difference, and...



The World of the Swahili
John Middleton
0300060807
Sept 1994
Paperback
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Book Description
In this book a leading Africanist presents the first full-length anthropological account of the Swahili and offers an original analysis of their little-understood and unusual culture. Drawing on his own field research and on earlier writings on the Swahili, Middleton describes this centuries-old mercantile culture-its local and descent groupings, marriage patterns, religion, and values-and shows how their sense of their unique identity enables them to persist as an ongoing civilization despite many years of colonization.


Bill Bryson's African Diary
Bill Bryson
0767915062
December 2002
Hardcover
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Review
“Bryson is one of the funniest travel writers in the business.” -- The Globe and Mail

“Bryson has become an enormously popular travel writer by coming off as the most literate tour guide you’ve ever had.” -- The New York Times

“Bryson is a terrific stylist. You can’t help but enjoy his writing, for its cheer and buoyancy, and for the frequent demonstration of his peculiar, engaging turn of mind.” -- Ottawa Citizen

“Bryson is first and foremost a storyteller -- and a supremely comic and original one at that.” -- Winnipeg Free Press

Review
?Bryson is one of the funniest travel writers in the business.? -- The Globe and Mail

?Bryson has become an enormously popular...


Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania
Dale A. Zimmerman, et al
0691010226
July 1, 1999
Paperback
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From the foreword by Roger Tory Peterson
In East Africa, where Kenya alone boasts nearly 1,100 species, scarcely more than half are figured in the most widely used field guide. Because there has been so much guesswork by traveling birders about the hundreds of unfigured species, a superb team has finally done something about it and filled the gap. There will be no more guesswork.... The present volume should be hailed not only by birders but by conservationists aware of the urgent need for African governments to establish strong strategies to preserve their rich natural heritage. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Bird Watcher's Digest
Birds of Kenya is a superior achievement. . . . Any bird watcher visiting Kenya must have it.

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Ariaal Pastoralists of Kenya: Studying Pastoralism, Drought, and Development in Africa's Arid Lands (Part of the Cultural Survival Studies in Ethnicity and Change Series)
Elliot M. Fratkin
0205391427
September 2003
Textbook Paperback
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From the Back Cover
In its Second Edition, Aarial Pastoralists of Kenya, gives readers a humorous and readable ethnographic representation of the Maasai-speaking society of East Africa. Based on more than 25 years of research and fieldwork, this unique text describes the story of how a society of livestock herders in northern Kenya have conformed to and survived both natural and human-induced disasters of recent times, such as, drought and famine, inter-pastoralist warfare, and the wide-scale intervention of international development and relief organizations. New to This Edition Brings readers up to date on the current status of the Ariaal and neighboring pastoral groups and includes an expanded final chapter that discusses the most recent developments. A revised description of fieldwork experiences has evolved from a short section...


The Politics of the Independence of Kenya
Keith Kyle
0312222017
June 1999
Hardcover
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Review
“The combination of research and personal observation, separated by a gap of some thirty-five years, brings a unique blend of authority and immediacy to the book.” —John Lonsdale, Trinity College, Cambridge

“... as a primer for understanding this period and as a work of good common sense this book has much merit.” —Internationa Journal of African Historical Studies


Facing Mount Kenya
Jomo Kenyatta
0394702107
June 1962
Textbook Paperback
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The Lives of Beryl Markham
Errol Trzebinski
0393312526
March 1995
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
A deft and intimate portrait of the aviator who made her pioneering transatlantic solo flight and wrote the popular West with the Night. Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.


Land, Ecology and Resistance in Kenya, 1880-1952
A. Fiona D. MacKenzie
0325000247
Mar 1998
Paperback
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Book Description
Paper Edition. This book examines the gender and class dimensions of resistance to colonial rule in the context of struggles over the control and use of land in Murang'a (then Fort Hall) District in Kenya between 1880-1952.

About the Author
FIONA D. MACKENZIE is Associate Professor in the Department of Geography, Carleton University, Ottawa.

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