Facing Mount Kenya

Author: Jomo Kenyatta

Publisher: Harvill Secker

ISBN: 9781846555527

Category:

Page: 224

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Besides its continuing value for an understanding of the problems of Kenya, IFacing Mount Kenya/I has an enduring place in the literature of social anthropology. As Professor Malinowski wrote in his introduction, it 'is a really competent and instructive contribution to African ethnography by a scholar of pure African parentage... As a first-hand account of a representative African culture, as an invaluable document in the principles underlying culture-contact and change; last, but not least, as a personal statement of the new outlook of a progressive African, this book will rank as a pioneering achievement of outstanding merit'.I/I

Facing Mount Kenya

the tribal life of the Gikuyu

Author: Jomo Kenyatta

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 326

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An eminent scholar and nationalistic leader presents a study of African tribal life as represented in his own Kikuyu society

Facing Mount Kenya

the tribal life of the Gikuyu

Author: Jomo Kenyatta

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 326

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An eminent scholar and nationalistic leader presents a study of African tribal life as represented in his own Kikuyu society

Nairobi Heat

Author: Mukoma Wa Ngugi

Publisher: Melville House

ISBN: 1612190073

Category: Fiction

Page: 208

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A cop from Wisconsin pursues a killer through the terrifying slums of Nairobi and the memories of genocide IN MADISON, WISCONSIN, it’s a big deal when African peace activist Joshua Hakizimana—who saved hundreds of people from the Rwandan genocide—accepts a position at the university to teach about “genocide and testimony.” Then a young woman is found murdered on his doorstep. Local police Detective Ishmael—an African-American in an “extremely white” town—suspects the crime is racially motivated; the Ku Klux Klan still holds rallies there, after all. But then he gets a mysterious phone call: “If you want the truth, you must go to its source. The truth is in the past. Come to Nairobi.” It’s the beginning of a journey that will take him to a place still vibrating from the genocide that happened around its borders, where violence is a part of everyday life, where big-oil money rules and where the local cops shoot first and ask questions later—a place, in short, where knowing the truth about history can get you killed. From the Trade Paperback edition.

No Picnic on Mount Kenya

Author: Felice Benuzzi

Publisher: Quercus Publishing

ISBN: 0857053752

Category: History

Page: 240

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A rediscovered mountaineering classic and the extraordinary true story of a daring escape up Mount Kenya by three prisoners of war. When the clouds covering Mount Kenya part one morning to reveal its towering peaks for the first time, prisoner of war Felice Benuzzi is transfixed. The tedium of camp life is broken by the beginnings of a sudden idea - an outrageous, dangerous, brilliant idea. There are not many people who would break out of a P.O.W. camp, trek for days across perilous terrain before climbing the north face of Mount Kenya with improvised equipment, meagre rations, and with a picture of the mountain on a tin of beef among their more accurate guides. There are probably fewer still who would break back in to the camp on their return. But this is the remarkable story of three such men. No Picnic on Mount Kenya is a powerful testament to the human spirit of revolt and adventure in even the darkest of places. "The history of mountaineering can hardly present a parallel to this mad but thrilling escapade" - Saturday Review "A most extraordinary prisoner-of-war and escape story" - New Yorker "A mad venture and a gallant tribute to man's deep yearning for freedom" - Kirkus Reviews "The book crackles with the same dry humour as its title. It contains the prison-yard bartering and candlelight stitching that mark a classic jailbreak yarn; the encounters with wild beasts in Mount Kenya's forest belt are as gripping, and the descriptions of sparkling glaciers as awe-inspiring, as any passage in the great exploration diaries of the early 20th century" - The Economist

Britain's Gulag

The Brutal End of Empire in Kenya

Author: Caroline Elkins

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1844135489

Category: Atrocities

Page: 475

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Caroline Elkins recounts the waning days of British Empire in Kenya, and the little known destruction of thousands of Kenyans at the hands of the British.

Bodies, Politics, and African Healing

The Matter of Maladies in Tanzania

Author: Stacey A. Langwick

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 025300196X

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

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This subtle and powerful ethnography examines African healing and its relationship to medical science. Stacey A. Langwick investigates the practices of healers in Tanzania who confront the most intractable illnesses in the region, including AIDS and malaria. She reveals how healers generate new therapies and shape the bodies of their patients as they address devils and parasites, anti-witchcraft medicine, and child immunization. Transcending the dualisms between tradition and science, culture and nature, belief and knowledge, Langwick tells a new story about the materiality of healing and postcolonial politics. This important work bridges postcolonial theory, science, public health, and anthropology.

Einstein in Love

A Scientific Romance

Author: Dennis Overbye

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780141002217

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 416

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A biography of the physicist reveals Einstein as a passionate man, lovelorn teen, draft dodger, bohemian, poet, and ultimately a scientist.

Mau Mau and Kenya

An Analysis of a Peasant Revolt

Author: Wunyabari O. Maloba

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780852557457

Category: Kenya

Page: 228

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This work introduces the Mau Mau movement and its part in Kenya's nationalism and independence.

Britain's Gulag

The Brutal End of Empire in Kenya

Author: Caroline Elkins

Publisher: Bodley Head Childrens

ISBN: 9781847922946

Category: Concentration camps

Page: 475

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Only a few years after Britain defeated fascism came the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya - a mass armed rebellion by the Kikuyu people, demanding the return of their land and freedom. The draconian response of Britain's colonial government was to detain nearly the entire Kikuyu population of 1.5 million and to portray them as sub-human savages. Detainees in their thousands - possibly a hundred thousand or more - died from exhaustion, disease, starvation and systemic physical brutality. For decades these events remained untold. Caroline Elkins conducted years of research to piece together this story, unearthing reams of documents and interviewing several hundred Kikuyu survivors. Britain's Gulag reveals, for the first time, the full savagery of the Mau Mau war and the ruthless determination with which Britain sought to control its empire.

Kenya

A History Since Independence

Author: Charles Hornsby

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 1780765010

Category: History

Page: 976

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Kenya's independence has always been circumscribed by its failure to transcend its colonial past; its governments have failed to achieve adequate living conditions for most of its citizens; and its politics have been fraught with controversy. The author demonstrates how independent Kenya's politics have been dominated by a struggle to deliver security, impartiality, efficiency and growth, but how the legacies of the past have continued to undermine their achievement, making the long-term future of Kenya far from certain.

Histories of the Hanged: The Dirty War in Kenya and the End of Empire

Author: David Anderson

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393079746

Category: History

Page: 448

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"A remarkable account of Britain's last stand in Kenya. This is imperial history at its very best."--John Hope Franklin In "a gripping narrative that is all but impossible to put down" (Joseph C. Miller), Histories of the Hanged exposes the long-hidden colonial crimes of the British in Kenya. This groundbreaking work tells how the brutal war between the colonial government and the insurrectionist Mau Mau between 1952 and 1960 dominated the final bloody decade of imperialism in East Africa. Using extraordinary new evidence, David Anderson puts the colonial government on trial with eyewitness testimony from over 800 court cases and previously unseen archives. His research exonerates the Kikuyu rebels; hardly the terrorists they were thought to be; and reveals the British to be brutal aggressors in a "dirty war" that involved leaders at the highest ranks of the British government. This astonishing piece of scholarship portrays a teetering colonial empire in its final phase; employing whatever military and propaganda methods it could to preserve an order that could no longer hold.

Through the Eyes of the Gods

An Aerial Vision of Africa

Author: Robert B. Haas

Publisher: National Geographic Society

ISBN: 9780792238829

Category: Photography

Page: 207

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An oversized volume offers a glimpse into the most inaccessible, unspoiled, and breathtaking corners of Africa--through photographs of the continent taken from the soaring perspective of a winged creature.

The Northern Lights

Author: Lucy Jago

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307429091

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

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Science, biography, and arctic exploration coverage in this extraordinary true story of the life and work of Norwegian scientist Kristian Birkeland, the troubled genius who solved the mysteries of one of nature’s most spectacular displays. Captivated by the otherworldly lights of the aurora borealis, Birkeland embarked on a lifelong quest to discover their cause. His pursuit took him to some of the most forbidding landscapes on earth, from the remote snowcapped mountains of Norway to the war-torn deserts of Africa. In the face of rebuke by the scientific establishment, sabotage by a jealous rival, and his own battles with depression and paranoia, Birkeland remained steadfast. Although ultimately vindicated, his theories were unheralded—and his hopes for the Nobel Prize scuttled—at the time of his suspicious death in 1917. The Northern Lights offers a brilliant account of the physics behind the aurora borealis and a rare look inside the mind of one of history's most visionary scientists. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Methods of Study of Culture Contact in Africa

Author: Bronislaw Malinowski

Publisher: Read Books Ltd

ISBN: 1473394260

Category: History

Page: 144

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This antique text contains a detailed treatise on the contacting of indigenous tribes and communities on the continent of Africa. This brochure is a reprint of a series of papers that appeared during 1934, 1935 and 1936 in the journal of the African Institute, the sponsor of the field-work out of which these discussions arose. Since all the contributors write from their first-hand experience, the essays have that peculiarly attractive freshness that can only come when those faced with problems of method describe and evaluate the devices they employ with the difficulties that face them in the course of their research. This text has been elected for modern republication due to its educational and historical value, and we are proud to republish it here complete with a new introductory biography of the author. Bronisław Kasper Malinowski (1884–1942) was a Polish anthropologist,who is commonly hailed as one of the most influential anthropologists of the 20th-century.

The Hero with an African Face

Mythic Wisdom of Traditional Africa

Author: Clyde W. Ford

Publisher: Bantam Dell Publishing Group

ISBN: 0553378686

Category: Philosophy

Page: 227

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This fascinating exploration of African stories and myths tells us who we are as human beings - all of us.' - Cornel West'