General African History, African History, Books | Barnes & Noble®For former president Barack Obama, books were a way of surviving his eight years at the White House. Obama also included a non-African author to highlight the politics of liberal idealism and pragmatism that shaped his own presidency—articulated by his former speechwriter, foreign-policy adviser, and confidant, Ben Rhodes The World as It Is. This is an epistolary novel: a series of letters written between two friends about family, death, and mourning by Senegalese author Mariama Ba. The book is about a woman who is on death row for killing her pimp and who refuses to sign a request for a pardon, delivering a searing indictment of traditional society and all its sanctimonious practices. Through the eyes of children, Bulawayo explores the decay of Zimbabwe and how its young people have been forced to leave, including Bulawayo herself. Through Darling and a group of rambunctious children, Bulawayo shows how the country has failed its young. As they wander through Harare, trying to escape the disappointment and violence of the adults, they dream of going to America, or at least South Africa.
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For decades African history has been distorted to suit the needs of the dominant society. Unfortunately, proper historical perspectives have been hard to come by. However, due to the digital age, we in the diaspora have more access to genuine narratives on African history. The problem is, where can we find them? More and more scholars have been revealing layer by layer, historical gems concerning African history.
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