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Cruelest Journey: Six Hundred Miles To Timbuktu
Kira Salak
0792274571
November 1, 2004
Hardcover
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Salak's second travel memoir--her first, Four Corners (2001), chronicled her trip deep into Papua New Guinea--takes her down the Niger River to Timbuktu, following the trail of Scottish explorer Mungo Park, who more than 200 years before attempted the same journey. Salak decides to take the journey alone on a kayak, hoping to recapture Park's sense of wonder and determination. Her journey gets off to an inauspicious start when she injures her arm on the very first day of her journey. But Salak preseveres, and spends day in and day out paddling down the river. Along the way, she encounters various tribes, some friendlier than others, and grapples with her own reactions to some of their traditions, such as female genital mutilation. She also muses on Park's two difficult journeys down the river, seeking the elusive...


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...


Trade and Politics in the Niger Delta, 1830-1885
K. Onwuka Dike
0313232970
Feb 1982
Hardcover
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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.


White Dreams, Black Africa : The British Antislavery Expedition to the River Niger, 1841-1842
Howard Temperley
0300050216


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Africa: A Biography of the Continent
John Reader
067973869X
September 1999
Paperback
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Book Review
"The ancestors of all humanity evolved in Africa," notes photojournalist John Reader at the beginning of this epic, panoramic overview of African history. From the formation of the continent to the present, Reader's informative narrative tells the story of the earliest dwellers and the natural obstacles of desert, jungle, and animals they faced, expertly entwining the development of humanity with the ecological and geographical evolution of the continent. He demonstrates how the physical makeup of Africa is like nowhere else on earth, both supporting and crippling human progress over time. Reader, who has lived and traveled in Africa for many years, explores the migration of humanity as early as 100,000 years ago out of Africa into Europe and South America, forming the earliest indigenous populations in these...


Marriage in Maradi: Gender and Culture in a Hausa Society in Niger, 1900-1989 (Social History of Africa Series)
Barbara M. Cooper
043507413X
April 7, 1997
Paperback
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Review
“...Cooper manages this entire intellectual journey with clear and exact prose. Upper division undergraduates and above.”–Choice

Book Description
Paper Edition. Women's contradictory contributions to social and economic change in the twentieth century can be seen in their improvisations upon the seemingly fixed "traditions" surrounding marriage in Maradi.

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Hoodwinked: The Documents That Reveal how Bush Sold Us a War
John Prados
1565849027
April 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Read the actual intelligence reports (not the spin)—and make up your own mind. In America, the wife of the former ambassador who exposed George Bush's sixteen-word State-of-the-Union fib about uranium from Niger, is now being harassed by allies of the Administration. In Britain, the scientist who blew the whistle on Tony Blair has been driven to suicide. For all of us who, thanks to these whistle-blowers, now realize that we have been hoodwinked and want to understand exactly how, national security analyst John Prados has compiled and annotated the key source documents behind the selling of the Iraq war to the American public. As these CIA reports, Pentagon briefings, and other materials clearly show, Bush and his spokespeople were playing a crude game of three-card monte, claiming Iraqi ties to Al Qaeda,...


Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa
Mungo Park, et al
0822325373
August 2000
Paperback
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Download Description
Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa is Mungo Park's account of his first expedition to discover the River Niger and the fabled city of Timbuctoo. Travelling with only native guides, or for the latter part of his journey alone, Park endured tremendous hardships: he was repeatedly robbed, spent several months imprisoned by a Moorish king, and came close to dying of starvation and thirst. He eventually reached the River Niger, and travelled along part of it's course, before returning to the coast. His account of his journey gives a unique insight into conditions in West Africa before widespread European settlement, and has long been considered a classic work on African travel.


The Poetics and Politics of Tuareg Aging: Life Course and Personal Destiny in Niger
Susan J. Rasmussen
0875802206
May 1997
Hardcover
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Card catalog description
In this unique ethnographical study of the people of the Kel Ewey confederation of Tuareg, Rasmussen explores concepts of age and aging in an African culture. A seminomadic community in northern Niger, the Tuareg understand aging in a way that is distinctly nonlinear - a dimension of life they measure outside of a chronological time frame. Instead, rituals related to marriage, childbirth, and death mark the process of aging. In this way the life course of an individual is more important to the notion of age than the literal age. A sense of private power and transformation of self over time are thus achieved through ritual. Rasmussen draws on field experience conducted between 1974 and 1995. The longevity of her ethnological study provided the opportunity for extended interaction with local residents, who...


Patrons and Power: Creating a Political Community in Metropolitan Lagos (International African Library)
Sandra Barnes
025334297X
December 1986
Hardcover
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Prayer Has Spoiled Everything: Possession, Power, and Identity in an Islamic Town of Niger
Adeline Marie Marie Masquelier
0822326337
March 2001
Hardcover
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Ancient Middle Niger : Urbanism and the Self-organizing Landscape (Case Studies in Early Societies)
Roderick J. McIntosh, Rita P. Wright (Series Editor)
0521012430
September 29, 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
The cities of West Africa's Middle Niger, only recently brought to the world's attention, make us rethink the 'whys' and the 'wheres' of ancient urbanism. They present the archaeologist with a novelty; a non-nucleated, clustered city-plan with no centralized, state-focused power. This book explores the emergence of these cities in the first millennium B.C. and the evolution of their hinterlands from the perspective of the self-organized landscape. Cities appeared in a series of profound transforms to the human-land relations and this book illustrates how each transform marked a leap in complexity.

About the Author
Roderick J. McIntosh is Professor of Anthropology at Rice University and visiting Professor of Archaeology at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. His recent...


Peoples of the Middle Niger: The Island of Gold
Roderick James McIntosh
0631173617
August 1998
Hardcover
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Book Description
This book provides the first comprehensive history of the peoples of the Middle Niger written by an English-speaking scholar. "The Island of Gold" was the medieval Muslim and later European name for a fabled source of gold and other tropical riches. Although the floodplain of the Niger river lies far from the goldfields, the mosaic of peoples along the Middle Niger created a wealth in grain, fish and livestock that supported some of Africa's oldest cities, including Timbuktu. These ancient cities of the region that came to be known as Western Sudan were founded without outside stimulation and their inhabitants long resisted the coercive, centralized state that characterized the origins of earliest towns elsewhere. In this book, Roderick James McIntosh uses the latest archeological and anthropological research to...


Bridge over Niger: The True Story of the J. F. Kennedy Bridge
Remo Capra Bloise, Pat Fahey
0595006949
August 2000
Paperback
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"American Literary Press-July 1, 2000
"The completion of the JFK bridge give insight into the simplicities as well complexities of the structural engineering field."

Book Description
This is the story of the completion of the J.F.Kennedy Bridge that the United States build for the Republic Of Niger,West Africa,in 1970.


Marriage in Maradi: Gender and Culture in a Hausa Society in Niger, 1900-1989
Barbara Macgowan Cooper
0435074148
April 1997
Hardcover
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Review
“...Cooper manages this entire intellectual journey with clear and exact prose. Upper division undergraduates and above.”–Choice

Book Description
Cloth Edition. Women's contradictory contributions to social and economic change in the twentieth century can be seen in their improvisations upon the seemingly fixed "traditions" surrounding marriage in Maradi.

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The Condition, Elevation, Emigration, and Destiny of the Colored People of the United States and Official Report of the Niger Valley Exploring Party
Martin R. Delany
1591021596
March 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Often called the "Father of Black Nationalism," Martin Robinson Delany (1812-1885) spent most of his career seeking Black emancipation through African American emigration to Africa. He was also a preeminent abolitionist, author, physician, and the highest-ranking Black officer during the Civil War. Two of his most influential works on Black nationalism are presented in this volume. THE CONDITION, ELEVATION, EMIGRATION, AND DESTINY OF THE COLORED PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES (1852) presents Delany's separatist views. To many scholars of African American political thought, this book marks the origin of Black nationalism in print. Because of the intractable nature of U.S. racism, Delany concluded by recommending emigration of African American to Central America. Some years later Delany turned to Africa as the better...


Niger and Its Neighbors: Environmental History and Hydrobiology, Human Use and Health Hazards of the Major West African Rivers
A. T. Grove (Editor)
9061915120
January 1985
Hardcover
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Niger (Enchantment of the World. Second Series)
Ann Heinrichs
0516216333
March 2001
Library Binding
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Card catalog description
Describes the geography, plants and animals, history, economy, language, religions, culture, and people of Niger.


Uses of Hindsight as Foresight: Reflections on Niger Delta and Nigerian History
Ebiegberi Joe Alagoa
9783612271
January 2004
Paperback
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Niger (Cultures of the World, Set 20)
Rabah Seffal
0761409955
April 2000
Library Binding
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Healing in Community: Medicine, Contested Terrains, and Cultural Encounters Among the Tuareg
Susan J. Rasmussen
0897897617
July 2001
Hardcover
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Review
“Rasmussen has emerged as the expert on Tuareg studies, dealing specifically with the people around the Air mountain region in Niger. Graduate students and professionals.”–Choice
“[s]ophisticated and insightful....succeeds in demonstrating the author's understanding of the various aspects of healing and medicine among the Tuareg, as well as their position in national politics and world history.”–Journal of The Royal Anthropological Institute
“Rasmussen has written a valuable account of Tuareg healing. It describes Tuareg ideas and practices at the same time as it provides an interesting commentary on such current anthropological topics as reflexivity, globalization, the body, and personhood.”–Journal of Anthropological Research

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