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Nzingha, Warrior Queen of Matamba - Angola 1595
Patricia C. McKissack
0439112109
September 2000
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Book Review
In 1595, Nzingha is the strong, intelligent daughter of the Ngola (leader) of the Mbundu people of Ndongo (in modern-day Angola), loyal to her people and willing to fight for them. Unfortunately, because she is a girl, her brother is the favored child, in training to become the next Ngola, even though he is whiny, stupid, and slow (according to Nzingha). But Ajala, a respected seer, believes that Nzingha is destined to be the leader of Ndongo, and begins preparing her for this future. Nzingha's father fights to keep the Portuguese from taking over their homeland, yet it is Nzingha, ultimately, who acts as the go-between for her people and the Portuguese, negotiating acceptable relations in order to keep peace and power for the Mbundu.

Based on true historical events, places, people, and customs, this novel ...



The Cuban Intervention In Angola, 1965-1991: From Che Guevara To Cuito Cuanavale
Edward George
0415350158
February 2005
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Book Description
A new examination of why Cuba, a Caribbean country, sent half a million of its citizens to fight in Angola in Africa, and how a short-term intervention escalated into a lengthy war of intervention.

It clearly details how in January 1965 Cuba formed an alliance with the Angolan MPLA which evolved into the flagship of its global "internationalist" mission, spawning the military intervention of November 1975 culminating in Cuba's spurious "victory" at Cuito Cuanavale and Cuba's fifteen-year occupation of Angola.

Drawing on interviews with leading protagonists, first-hand accounts and archive material from Cuba, Angola and South Africa, this new book dispels the myths of the Cuban intervention, revealing that Havana's decision to intervene was not so much an heroic gesture of solidarity, but rather a...


A Political History of the Civil War in Angola, 1974-1990
W. Martin James
0887384188
Aug 1991
Hardcover
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The Cold War: A Military History
Robert Cowley (Editor)
0375509100
September 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
The period from 1946 until the Soviet Union's collapse in 1991 is usually interpreted in ideological, political and cultural contexts. But the two dozen essays included in this anthology by Cowley (the founding editor of Military History Quarterly and the editor of two previous MHQ anthologies) show that while the superpowers may never have measured strengths on a large scale, armed encounters between them occurred regularly. Even during the Cold War's alleged waning years, the U.S. and the Soviet Union came close to the edge of nuclear exchange—without U.S. policymakers really being aware of it. Cowley's contributors, including such outstanding military historians as John Guilmartin, Victor Davis Hanson and Williamson Murray, demonstrate how the Cold War's military history was directly shaped by patterns...


Angola
Anne Butler
094098461X
June 1990
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The Politics of Truth: Inside the Lies that Led to War and Betrayed My Wife's CIA Identity
Joseph Wilson
078671378X
April 2004
Hardcover
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Book Review
While many former Bush administration officials published books airing their gripes and concerns in advance of the 2004 election, few were in a situation as personal as Joseph Wilson's. A career diplomat, he found himself working for an administration that apparently leaked information revealing his wife, Valerie Plame, to be a CIA operative soon after Wilson cast doubt on Bush's claims of Iraq trying to buy uranium from Niger. When columnist Robert Novak named Plame, there was widespread speculation about who leaked the information. In The Politics of Truth, Wilson points a finger at Dick Cheney’s chief-of-staff I. Lewis (Scooter) Libby and national security aide Eliot Abrams although Wilson never really presents smoking gun evidence against them. There is little here that breaks new ground in terms of hard...


Historical Dictionary of Angola : New Edition (African Historical Dictionaries)
W. Martin James
0810849402
June 28, 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
This New Edition, features a detailed chronology of the significant events that have taken place throughout the centuries; an extensive list of acronyms and abbreviations, in both English and Portuguese; maps; and an introductory essay that explains


Cain's Redemption: A Story of Hope and Trasformation in America's Bloodiest Prison
Dennis Shere
1881273245
September 2005
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Angola: The Anatomy of an Oil State (African Issues)
Tony Hodges
0253216788
November 2003
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Re-creating Eden: Land Use, Environment, and Society in Southern Angola and Northern Namibia (Social History of Africa Series)
Emmanuel Kreike
0325070768
October 2004
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Book Description
This work analyzes the social and environmental impact of colonial conquest and pacification of Africa through a case study of the Angolan-Namibian borderlands.

About the Author
EMMANUEL KREIKE is Assistant Professor of History at Princeton University, where he teaches African, environmental, and world history.


The Origins of the Angolan Civil War : Foreign Intervention and Domestic Political Conflict
Fernando Andresen Guimaraes
0333914805
April 14, 2001
Paperback
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Choice
Well-crafted...Guimarães employs many newly available sources to document his case.

Review
"Well-crafted . . . Guimarães employs many newly available sources to document his case." -- Choice


Re-creating Eden: Land Use, Environment, and Society in Southern Angola and Northern Namibia (Social History of Africa Series)
Emmanuel Kreike
0325070776
October 2004
Hardcover
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Review
“Emmanuel Kreike presents a socio-enviromental history of the Ovambo floodplains through this historical case-study of the region of Oukwanyama from the 1880s to 1960. In many ways the book is a history of the evolution of the modern Angolan-Namibian borderlands. It traces large-scale population movements from southern Angola to northern Namibia, and the rapid socioeconomic as well as environmental transformations that occurred in the wake of colonial and mission expansion of Portuguese, German, South African and Finnish origins. An important focus of the book are 'transformation histories' in local memory, of individuals and households.”–Journal of African History

Book Description
This work analyzes the social and environmental impact of colonial conquest and...


Angola: Promises and Lies
Karl Maier
1897959222
September 1996
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From Publishers Weekly
Combining finely detailed reportage with anecdotal snapshots of the horrors of war, Maier, a correspondent for The Independent and the Washington Post who began reporting on Angola in 1986, offers an explanation of the Angolan civil war for the rest of us. His engrossing chronological account lays out the nearly two decades of conflict that have ripped apart the southern African nation. An inability to resolve differences rooted in race, political ideology and tribal ethnicity has set contemporary Angola on a highway to hell instead of the road to prosperity its vast reserves of natural resources promised. Maier notes with some irony that American oil companies have continued their drilling operations throughout the war. He also intelligently positions the conflict's historical import as one of the last...


Another Day of Life
Ryszard Kapuscinski
0375726292
April 2001
Paperback
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Review
“A completely compelling bookÉfull of subtle truths and oblique insights.”–The New York Times Book Review

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?A completely compelling bookÉfull of subtle truths and oblique insights.??The New York Times Book Review

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Bloodsong!: An Account of Executive Outcomes in Angola
James Hooper
000711916X
July 2003
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Apartheid's Contras: An Inquiry into the Roots of War in Angola and Mozambique
William Minter
1856492664
October 1994
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Book Description
Of all the many violent chapters in recent Southern African history, the conflicts in Angola and Mozambique since independence in 1975 have been the most protracted, complex and deadly for millions of civilians. William Minter argues that they represent a new kind of non-conventional warfare characteristic of the 'contra' period - neither classic guerrilla warfare nor straightforward external aggression, but comprising elements of civil war dominated by regional and global external powers.

He examines the Unita and Renamo social structures, external interventions, patterns of military recruitment, conditioning, logistics and strategy, and the mistakes made by the Angolan and Mozambican states.


Capoeira : The Jogo de Angola from Luanda to Cyberspace (Capoeira)
Gerard Taylor
1556436017
October 10, 2005
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Book Description
The first in a two-volume series on capoeira, Volume One traces the origins of the popular martial art and dance form from the beginning of the slave trade in the Americas in the 1500s to the early years of the Brazilian Republic in the 20th century. Focusing on the people and events that shaped the art form in Brazil prior to the "academy" period of the last century, Capoeira: The Jogo de Angola from Luanda to Cyberspace explores the subject from many vantage points. Author Gerard Taylor explains how the fighting techniques of African forces laid the groundwork for capoeira movements. He shows how work songs, religion, and various percussive traditions and instruments shaped capoeira music over the years. Drawing on archival sources and historical accounts, the book paints a vivid picture of capoeira’s...


Angola in Ferment: The Background and Prospects of Angolan Nationalism
Thomas Masaji Okuma
0837172721
March 1974
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Way of Death: Merchant Capitalism and the Angolan Slave Trade, 1730-1830
Joseph C. Miller
0299115607


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Stuart B. Schwartz, New York Times Book Review
"Way of Death . . . [opens] up in profuse detail and at considerable length the history of the Portuguese South Atlantic empire. . . . We meet African traders dependent on credit extended by Portuguese merchants supplying slaves to Brazilian shippers who were trying to become merchants on their own. And in the background is the shadowy . . . presence of English capital."-Stuart B. Schwartz, New York Times Book Review

John K. Thornton, International Journal of African Historical Studies
"Other scholars have attempted studies of this type, but no one approaches Miller in depth."-John K. Thornton, International Journal of African Historical Studies

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Land Mines in Angola
Human Rights Watch Staff (Editor)
156432091X
January 1993
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In Search of Enemies: A CIA Story
John Stockwell
0735100128
November 1997
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