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The First Great Plague and
the End of the Roman Empire
Weaves together history, microbiology, ecology, jurisprudence, theology, and epidemiology to tell the story of the plague’s effect on
Justinian’s empire, a territory that stretched
from Italy to North Africa.
Penguin • 384 pp. • 978-0-14-311381-2 • $17.00
ONCE THERE WAS A WAR
Edited by Mark Bowden
On assignment for The New York Herald Tribune,
writing from Italy and North Africa, and from
England during the London blitz, Steinbeck
focuses on the human-scale effect of the war.
Penguin Classics • 208 pp. • 978-0-14-310479-7 • $15.00
Craig Timberg and Daniel Halperin
How the West Sparked the AIDS Epidemic
and How the World Can Finally Overcome It
“A remarkable volume. With rare clarity,
Tinderbox lays bare the origins of the AIDS virus, and
then reveals the often hapless and delinquent
responses of the international community. It’s a
fascinating read: relentlessly honest, sometimes scathing, always principled.”—Stephen
Lewis, Founder/Director of AIDS-Free World,
Former UN Special Envoy on AIDS in Africa.
Penguin • 432 pp. • 978-0-14-312300-2 • $18.00
Joyce A. Tyldesley
DAUGHTERS OF ISIS
Women of Ancient Egypt
A picture of daily life from a female perspective.
Penguin • 336 pp. • 978-0-14-017596-7 • $17.00
BEFORE THE DAWN
Recovering the Lost History of Our Ancestors
Wade reveals humanity’s origins as never
before—a journey made possible only recently
by genetic science. “Impeccable, fearless,
responsible and absorbing....Bound to be the
gold standard in the field for a very long
time.”—Lionel Tiger, Rutgers University.
Penguin • 320 pp. • 978-0-14-303832-0 • $17.00
Also available: A Troublesome Inheritance, 978-0-14-312716-1
NORTH OF SOUTH: An African Journey
Naipaul travelled to Africa in the 1970s, aiming
to discover what “liberation,” “revolution” and
“socialism” meant to ordinary people.
Penguin Classics • 352 pp. • 978-0-14-018826-4 • $17.00
SHADES OF DIFFERENCE: Mac Maharaj
and the Struggle for South Africa
Foreword by Nelson Mandela
Based on extensive interviews with Maharaj and
hitherto unavailable documents, O’Malley
reveals the inside story of South Africa’s anti-apartheid movement. “[O’Malley] is knowledgeable and sure-footed as he recounts this story...
making a complex narrative on the whole quite
clear.”—San Francisco Chronicle. “A striking success.”—The New York Times Book Review.
Penguin • 672 pp. • 978-0-14-023224-0 • $18.00
THE SLAVE SHIP: A Human History
Focusing on the 18th-century American and
British slave trade, Rediker explores how the
ships, their crews, and their human cargo connected and transformed societies on both sides
of the horrendous voyage. He draws on thirty
years of research in maritime archives, court
records, diaries, and firsthand accounts, to reconstruct the “floating dungeons” at the forefront of
the birth of African American culture. “The best
of histories, deeply researched, brilliantly formulated, and morally informed.”—Ira Berlin, University of Maryland. “I was hardly prepared for the
profound emotional impact of The Slave Ship.
Reading it established a transformative and
never to be severed bond with my African ancestors.”—Alice Walker. 16 pp. b/w photos, 8 maps.
Penguin • 448 pp. • 978-0-14-311425-3 • $18.00
Winner of the George Washington Book Prize,
the AHA James A. Rawley Prize, and the OAH Merle Curti Award
Also available: The Amistad Rebellion, page 3
PLAYING THE ENEMY
Nelson Mandela and the
Game That Made a Nation
See Politics & Current Events, page 11
Molly Caldwell Crosby
THE AMERICAN PLAGUE
Depicts the story of yellow fever and its reign in
the U.S. and in Africa, where even today it
strikes thousands every year. “Engrossing…A
first-rate medical detective drama.”— The New
York Times Book Review.
Berkley • 384 pp. • 978-0-425-21775-7 • $16.00
JOURNEY WITHOUT MAPS
Introduction by Paul Theroux
The spellbinding record of Greene’s 1935 journey to Liberia.
Penguin Classics • 272 pp. • 978-0-14-303972-3 • $16.00
Joseph E. Harris, Ph.D.
AFRICANS AND THEIR HISTORY
Second Revised Edition
“A major summary of the history of Africa.”
—Elliott P. Skinner, Columbia Univ. A concise overview of the diverse peoples and societies of Africa.
Plume • 320 pp. • 978-0-452-01181-6 • $18.00
THE ZANZIBAR CHEST: A Story of Life,
Love, and Death in Foreign Lands
“A wrenching account of African horrors [and] a
loving, often evocative account of East Africa
where the author grew up.”—The New York
Times. A frontline reporter who covered the
atrocities of 1990s Africa undertakes a journey
to unlock the mysteries of his own family’s 150-
year colonial legacy on the continent.
Riverhead • 496 pp. • 978-1-59448-011-9 • $16.00
Mason Lowance, editor
An Abolitionist Reader
Assembles more than forty speeches, lectures,
and essays critical to the abolitionist crusade.
Features William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, Lydia Maria Child, Wendell Phillips, Harriet
Beecher Stowe, and Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Penguin Classics • 384 pp. • 978-0-14-043758-4 • $18.00