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The Disuniting of America: Reflections on a Multicultural Society
Arthur M. Schlesinger
0393318540
September 1998
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Book Review
In this updated version of a modern classic, acclaimed historian Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. strikes a blow against radical multiculturalism. The rising cult of ethnicity, he argues, threatens a common American identity, imperiling the civic ideals that traditionally have bonded immigrants into a nation. Various chapters criticize bilingual education, Afrocentrism, and the use of history as group therapy for minorities. Schlesinger raised eyebrows when he first published this book in 1992 because of his impeccable liberal credentials as a one-time assistant to President Kennedy and long-standing academic champion of FDR's New Deal. This new version contains all of the original volume's edge, plus a few extras, including an appendix containing "Schlesinger's Syllabus," 13 books "indispensable to an...


This House Has Fallen: Nigeria in Crisis
Karl Maier
0813340454
December 2002
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Publishers Weekly
Maier puts a human face on a disheartening situation that seems remote and impersonal to most Americans.

Book Description
A journey into contemporary Africa's most powerful and most corrupt nation. To understand Africa, one must understand Nigeria, and few Americans understand Nigeria better than Karl Maier. This House Has Fallen is a bracing and disturbing report on the state of Africa's most populous, potentially richest, and most dangerously dysfunctional nation. Each year, with depressing consistency, Nigeria is declared the most corrupt state in the entire world. Though Nigeria is a nation into which billions of dollars of oil money flow, its per capita income has fallen dramatically in the past two decades. Military coup follows military coup. A bellwether for Africa,...


The Igbo of Southeast Nigeria
Victor Uchendu
003052475X
Sept 1965
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Nigeria, a Country Study
Helen Chapin Metz
0160404010
Oct 1992
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The Interesting Narrative and Other Writings (Library of Essential Reading)
Olaudah Equiano
0760773505
December 2005
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Historical Dictionary of Nigeria
Anthony Oyewole, John Lucas
0810832623
April 26, 2000
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Book Description
Updated for the 1990's, this second edition expands on information previously researched. Includes a chronology and a new bibliography by Thomas Ofcansky, highlighting books and articles published in Nigeria about the country's security affairs.

About the Author
Anthony Oyewole is Associate Professor of Political Science at Bennett College, Greensboro, NC. John Lucas is an Assistant Professor at Pierce College in Washington.


The Open Sore of a Continent
Wole Soyinka
0195119215
Aug 1997
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Book Review
Ravaged by the most brutal dictatorship in its history, Nigeria is at a crossroads. While General Abacha's regime generates the very chaos it claims to be controlling, the country's institutions and moral fiber are disintegrating. Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka believes Nigeria's invent-from-the-top government is to blame. With each new cabinet, the government reinvents itself, leaving the country without purpose or direction. As the country doubles its population every 22 years, the military may become even more repressive. Soyinka believes that Nigerians are "primed for a campaign of comprehensive civil disobedience," and offers an ethical map to guide the country out of despair. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Nigeria
Ida Walker
159084811X
September 2004
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 7-10–Aside from the introductions, which are essentially identical in each volume, the information in these books is well organized and presented in a clear, logical manner. Following a map and a country flag, each nation's geography, political situation, economy, people, and history are discussed. Recipes, a glossary, ideas for projects and reports, and an extensive chronology are appended. The bright, attractive photographs are well matched to the texts and show the diversity of modern African nations from the rural areas to the cities. Students doing research would do well to start with one of these concise titles.–Genevieve Gallagher, Murray Elementary School, Charlottesville, VA


Muslim Civic Cultures and Conflict Resolution: The Challenge of Democratic Federalism in Nigeria (Brookings Series on U.S. Policy Toward the Islamic World)
John N. Paden
0815768176
November 1, 2005
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Book Description
Nigeria’s grand democratic experiment is sure to resonate internationally. In this original and informative book, John N. Paden delivers a timely analysis of how Muslim civic cultures respond to conflict mediation and resolution, placing his inquiry within the historical context of Nigeria’s evolution as an independent state. Home to one of the largest Muslim populations in the world, this oil-rich nation serves as an important case study in reconciling democratic rule with local Muslim traditions. Since returning to democratic governance in 1999 after fifteen years of martial law, Nigeria has begun the difficult process of establishing a rule of law sensitive to local traditions, including the re-adoption of shari’a criminal law in the twelve far northern states of Sunni and Maliki heritage. ...


For Women and the Nation
Cheryl Johnson-Odim
0252023137
July 1997
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Nigeria, Vol. 4
Betsy Franco-Feeney
155799269X
January 1994
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Book Description
The folktale recounted in this unit is titled The Right Way to Ride a Donkey. It tells of a boy and his father, the journey they take, and the lessons they learn about people, their opinions and common sense. The cute artwork and clever story line are sure to hold your students' attention, as they begin their education in Nigerian culture and family life. Complete follow up instructions and suggestions focus on traditional Nigerian clothing and food, and life in various Nigerian villages. They also help students produce their own picture book of the story. Cut-out characters and a story mat are included.This unit also helps children learn subjects as varied as language, math, crafts, and art. Activities are tied to a variety of Nigerian cultural subjects, including: Choosing Tribes, about the three main tribes in...


For Women and the Nation
Cheryl Johnson-Odim
0252066138
July 1997
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Home and Exile
Chinua Achebe
0385721331
September 18, 2001
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Book Review
Based on three lectures distinguished Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe gave at Harvard University in 1998, this short but trenchant work does not pretend to be a full-fledged autobiography. Instead, Achebe makes forceful use of his personal experiences to examine the political nature of culture. Born in 1930, the son of a Christian convert, young Achebe received a privileged colonial education and "was entranced by the far-away and long-ago worlds of the stories [in English books like Treasure Island and Ivanhoe], so different from the stories of my home and childhood." Yet he and fellow university students indignantly rejected Anglo-Irishman Joyce Cary's highly praised novel Mister Johnson, which bore no resemblance to their knowledge of Nigerian life. This encounter "call[ed] into question my childhood assumption of the...


The History of Nigeria
Toyin Falola
0313306826
October 1999
Textbook Hardcover
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Review
“The History of Nigeria successfully creates a coherent narrative of Nigeria's long, diverse, and very complex history with a combination of objectivity and political engagement. This is quite an accomplishment.”–African Studies Review
“...historians are quick to remind us that is important to learn from the history of the past in order to avoid mistakes in the future. This book, which is both an excellent under-graduate history and political text, not only addresses historic events as they occurred in Nigeria, but also "deviated" from the "historic norms" by positing in the epilogue problems and challenges that the republic should anticipate and tackle in the Fourth Republic....it provides policy makers and scholars with a framework of the tasks ahead, and in doing so challenges students of Nigerian...


Strategic Transformations in Nigerian Writing
Ato Quayson
0253211484
Sept 1997
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Fela : Life And Times Of An African
Michael Veal
1566397650
May 17, 2000
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From Publishers Weekly
Raucous, uninhibited and proud, Fela was one of Africa's most intriguing personalities, for his controversial public persona as much as for his music. It's difficult to say for what Fela, born Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti, was best known: his band publicized Afropop in the 1980s; he repeatedly spoke out against unfair politics in Africa and abroad; his life was abundant with drugs and sex. This exhaustive and objective profile, written by a Yale ethnomusicology professor, examines the Nigerian superstar's life and work from 1938 to his death in 1997. Veal traces Fela's roots to the diverse town of Abeokuta, noting the musical influences left by family and community members there. Following a typically mischievous childhood, Fela pursued an education at Trinity College of Music in London. Soon he and his...


Nigeria
Bridget Giles
073986999X
August 2004
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The Crippled Giant
Eghosa E. Osaghae
0253211972
Oct 1998
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Nigeria
Patricia J. Murphy
0761417958
September 2004
Hardcover
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Chinua Achebe
Ezenwa Ohaeto
0253333423
Nov 1997
Hardcover
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Book Review
Chinua Achebe is the founding father of modern African literature. His novels, from Things Fall Apart (1958) to Anthills of the Savannah (1987), set the standard for all writers who aspire to portray the continent's complex colonial and tribal legacy. This respectful biography by former student Ezenwa-Ohaeto thoroughly delineates the tangled history of Achebe's native Nigeria and chronicles his courageous support of human rights, frequently violated by Nigeria's government. Achebe's magical fiction needs no explication, but with this biography Western readers will gain a new understanding of the man who created it.

From Library Journal
There have been several good books in recent years on Achebe, the world-renowned African writer, including C.L. Innes's Chinua Achebe...


At Her Majesty's Request: An African Princess in Victorian England
Walter Dean Myers
0590486691
February 1, 1999
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Book Review
Once there was a little girl--an orphaned African princess--who narrowly escaped death by human sacrifice in a West African village in 1850. A British sea captain named Frederick E. Forbes saved her life by talking King Gezo of Dahomey into giving the girl to Queen Victoria of England as a gift: "She would be a present from the King of the blacks to the Queen of the Whites." As impossible as this tale sounds, it is a true one. Award-winning author Walter Dean Myers--piecing together her story from letters he found in a rare book and ephemera shop in London--paints a hauntingly detached portrait of the small African princess whom the heroic captain named Sarah Forbes Bonetta.

We follow her charmed but unlucky life as the Queen's protégée through a succession of British middle-class households, beginning...



Nigeria
Ian Graham
1583404988
August 2004
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Pan-African Nation: Oil and the Spectacle of Culture in Nigeria
Andrew H. Apter
0226023559
March 2005
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Book Description
When Nigeria hosted the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC) in 1977, it celebrated a global vision of black nationhood and citizenship animated by the exuberance of its recent oil boom. Andrew Apter's The Pan-African Nation tells the full story of this cultural extravaganza, from Nigeria's spectacular rebirth as a rapidly developing petro-state to its dramatic demise when the boom went bust.

According to Apter, FESTAC expanded the horizons of blackness in Nigeria to mirror the global circuits of its economy. By showcasing masks, dances, images, and souvenirs from its many diverse ethnic groups, Nigeria forged a new national culture. In the grandeur of this oil-fed confidence, the nation subsumed all black and African cultures within its empire of cultural signs and erased...


Kingdoms of the Yoruba
Robert Sydney Smith
0299116042
Dec 1987
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Nigeria
Patrick Daley
0739847139
April 2002
Hardcover
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Card catalog description
Describes the country of Nigeria, including information on its history, geography, government, economy, religion, social life and customs, and some popular tourist sites.


Nigeria's Urban History : Past and Present
Hakeem Tijani
0761834338
April 28, 2006
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Book Description
Nigeria's Urban History is a collection of sixteen peer-reviewed essays that explore the nature of Nigeria's urbanism and the challenges it faces. Beginning with analysis of the role of colonialism in the country's urban identity, the volume examines the role of the present oil economy, gender issues, human interactions, poverty, crime, prostitution, and transportation on the nature of urban life and culture.


Trade and Politics in the Niger Delta, 1830-1885
K. Onwuka Dike
0313232970
Feb 1982
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Book Description
Dr. Dike has made a contribution to the study of Nigeria's principal formative period by drawing on local as well as British sources for his material. He describes how the revolution in trade reacted upon the social and political systems and how the existing native governments were gradually supplanted by British sonsular power. His study ends with the recognition of the British claim to supremacy in the Niger territories at the Berlin West African Conference of 1885.

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