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    Trial Justice by Tim Allen

    Ksh 1999

    Brief Summary Trial Justice: The International Criminal Court and the Lord's Resistance Army The International Criminal Court (ICC) has run into serious problems with its first big case -- the situation in northern Uganda. There is no doubt that appalling crimes have occurred here. Over a million people have been forced to live in overcrowded displacement camps under the control of the Ugandan army. Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army has abducted thousands, many of them children and has systematically tortured, raped, maimed and killed.  Nevertheless, the ICC has confronted outright hostility from a wide range of groups, including traditional leaders, representatives of the Christian Churches and non-governmental organizations. Even the Ugandan government, which invited the court to become involved, has been expressing serious reservations. Tim Allen assesses the controversy. While recognizing the difficulties involved, he shows that much of the antipathy towards the ICC's intervention is misplaced. He also draws out important wider implications of what has happened. Criminal justice sets limits to compromise and undermines established procedures of negotiation with perpetrators of violence. Events in Uganda have far reaching implications for other war zones - and not only in Africa. Amnesties and peace talks may never be quite the same again.  

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    The Private Life of Chairman Mao by Li Zhisui

    Ksh 2099

    Brief Summary From 1954 until Mao Zedong's death 22 years later. Dr. Li Zhisui was the Chinese ruler's personal physician. For most of these years, Mao was in excellent health; thus he and the doctor had time to discuss political and personal matters.  Dr. Li recorded many of these conversations in his diaries, as well as in his memory.  In this book, Dr. Li vividly reconstructs his extraordinary time with Chairman Mao.  

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    Last Orders at Harrods by Michael Holman

    Ksh 999

    Brief summary  Charity Mupanga is the widowed owner of Harrods International Bar (and Nightspot) - a favourite meeting place for the movers and shakers of Kibera. While she can handle most challenges, from an erratic supply of Worcestershire sauce, the secret ingredient in her cooking, to the political tensions in East Africa's most notorious slum and a cholera outbreak that follows the freak floods in the state of Ubuntu, some threatening letters from London lawyers are beginning to overwhelm her. Well-meant but inept efforts to foil the lawyers by Edward Furniver, a former fund manager who runs Kibera's co-operative bank, bring Harrods International Bar to the brink of disaster, and Charity close to despair.  In the nick of time an accidental riot, triggered by World Bank President Hardwick Hardwicke's visit to the slum, coupled with some quick thinking by Titus Ntoto, the 14-year-old leader of Kibera's toughest gang, the Mboya Boys United Football Club, help Charity - and Harrods - to triumph in the end.  

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    A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult

    Ksh 999

    Brief summary  The warm fall day starts like any other at the Center—a women’s reproductive health services clinic—its staff offering care to anyone who passes through its doors. Then, in late morning, a desperate and distraught gunman bursts in and opens fire, taking all inside hostage. After rushing to the scene, Hugh McElroy, a police hostage negotiator, sets up a perimeter and begins making a plan to communicate with the gunman. As his phone vibrates with incoming text messages he glances at it and, to his horror, finds out that his fifteen-year-old daughter, Wren, is inside the clinic. But Wren is not alone. She will share the next and tensest few hours of her young life with a cast of unforgettable characters: A nurse who calms her own panic in order save the life of a wounded woman. A doctor who does his work not in spite of his faith but because of it, and who will find that faith tested as never before.  A pro-life protester disguised as a patient, who now stands in the cross hairs of the same rage she herself has felt. A young woman who has come to terminate her pregnancy. And the disturbed individual himself, vowing to be heard. Told in a daring and enthralling narrative structure that counts backward through the hours of the standoff, this is a story that traces its way back to what brought each of these very different individuals to the same place on this fateful day. Jodi Picoult—one of the most fearless writers of our time—tackles a complicated issue in this gripping and nuanced novel. How do we balance the rights of pregnant women with the rights of the unborn they carry? What does it mean to be a good parent? A Spark of Light will inspire debate, conversation . . . and, hopefully, understanding.  

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    The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon

    Ksh 1599

    Brief summary  A distinguished psychiatrist from Martinique who took part in the Algerian Nationalist Movement, Frantz Fanon was one of the most important theorists of revolutionary struggle, colonialism, and racial difference in history. Fanon s masterwork is a classic alongside Edward Said s Orientalism or The Autobiography of Malcolm X, and it is now available in a new translation that updates its language for a new generation of readers.  The Wretched of the Earth is a brilliant analysis of the psychology of the colonized and their path to liberation. Bearing singular insight into the rage and frustration of colonized peoples, and the role of violence in effecting historical change, the book incisively attacks the twin perils of post-independence colonial politics: the disenfranchisement of the masses by the elites on the one hand, and intertribal and interfaith animosities on the other.  Fanon s analysis, a veritable handbook of social reorganization for leaders of emerging nations, has been reflected all too clearly in the corruption and violence that has plagued present-day Africa. The Wretched of the Earth has had a major impact on civil rights, anti-colonialism, and black consciousness movements around the world, and this bold new translation by Richard Philcox reaffirms it as a landmark."  

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    Politics and Administration in East Africa by Walter Ouma Oyugi

    Ksh 1399

    Brief summary  Politics and Administration in East Africa The state in post-colonial East Africa / Walter O. Oyugi -- The colonial roots / Robert Maxon -- Public service and development in East Africa / Amukowa Anangwe -- Central-local relations / Malcolm Wallis -- The state and public enterprise / Rwekaza Sympho Mukandala -- The uneasy alliance : party state relations in Kenya / Walter O. Oyugi -- Conflict and collaboration in party-government relations in Tanzania / Mwesiga Baregu -- The militarization of politics in an African state : the case of Uganda / A. Gingyera Pinycwa -- Ethnicity, social classes & the political process in Kenya / Dirk Berg-Schlosser -- Change & continuity in Kenya's foreign policy from Kenyatta to Moi / D. Katete Orwa -- Tanzania's foreign policy : the socio-economic context / Andrew Kiondo -- The foreign policy of Uganda toward Kenya & Tanzania / P. Godfrey Okoth -- The politics of integration in East Africa since independence / Korwa G. Adar & Mutahi Ngunyi -- External influence on the political economy of Kenya : the case of MNCs / Maria Nzomo -- External factors on domestic politics in Tanzania / Horace Campbell -- Uganda's political system, 1962-1990 : the balance between external & internal influence / T.V. Sathyamurthy  

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    Decolonizing African Religion by Okot p'Bitek

    Ksh 2399

    Brief summary  Decolonizing African Religion: A Short History of African Religions in Western Scholarship. For centuries Western scholarship, and the African scholars seduced by this body of knowledge, have not been interested in African "religions" per se, but what was worse, African scholars began not to study indigenous African spirituality on its own terms but through European eyes and intellectual categories. Okot p'Bitek, who is best known for Song of Lawino, was one of the first African scholars to call attention to this situation and argue African scholars need not "Hellenize" African spiritual practices and ideas and that what we have come to think as "African religions" are European versions in African disguise.  This publication, along with a new introduction by Ghanaian philosopher Kwasi Wiredu, reintroduces a classic work to a new generation, especially for those with an interest in African spiritual cultures and in need of "decolonizing" them so that they be studied, appreciated, and engaged on their own cultural and historic terms.  

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    Mutiiri Mutaarani by Kimani wa Boro

    Ksh 4499

    Brief Summary Mutiiri Mutaarani: Kirira Kiega kia Agikuyu

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    The jail bugs by Wahome Mutahi

    Ksh 599

    Brief summary  Drawing on his own experiences in jail, Kenya's beloved humorist, Wahome Mutahi, creates a damning fictional indictment of the penal system that incorporates the author's amusing satirical gifts.

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    Kagames Economic Mirage by David Himbara

    Ksh 2899

    Brief summary  Rwanda is a roaring African economic lion-or at least that's what President Paul Kagame wants people to believe. But in Kagame's Economic Mirage, former senior advisor David Himbara blows the whistle on Kagame and exposes the problems within the leader's totalitarian regime. Himbara, who served twice under Kagame, most notably as head of Kagame's Strategy and Policy Unit from 2006 to 2010, explains why the math of Kagame's supposed accomplishments simply doesn't add up. Human rights advances have taken a back seat to Kagame's push for economic prosperity, while boasts that a peasant economy is giving way to a dynamic, knowledge-based market are overblown and misguided at best. Steel yourself for this insider's view of a corrupt political system that is holding citizens back from the promised future Rwandans deserve. Kagame's Economic Mirage is the unauthorized biography of the man behind the curtain as Rwanda's president continues to con both residents and the West alike. This book exposes not only Kagame, but also the American and British support helping to prop him up. Rwanda remains one of the world's poorest countries-not the "Singapore of Africa" that Kagame claims.

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    The Maestro the Magistrate and the Mathematician by Tendai Huchu

    Ksh 1899

    Brief summary  Three very different men struggle with thoughts of belonging, loss, identity and love as they attempt to find a place for themselves in Britain.  The Magistrate tries to create new memories and roots, fusing a wandering exploration of Edinburgh with music.  The Maestro, a depressed, quixotic character, sinks out of the real world into the fantastic world of literature.  The Mathematician, full of youth, follows a carefree, hedonistic lifestyle, until their three universes collide.  

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    Samarkand by Amin Maalouf

    Ksh 999

    Brief summary  Accused of mocking the inviolate codes of Islam, the Persian poet and sage Omar Khayyam fortuitously finds sympathy with the very man who is to judge his alleged crimes. Recognising genuis, the judge decides to spare him and gives him instead a small, blank book, encouraging him to confine his thoughts to it alone.  Thus begins the seamless blend of fact and fiction that is Samarkand. Vividly re-creating the history of the manuscript of the Rubaiyaat of Omar Khayyam, Amin Maalouf spans continents and centuries with breathtaking vision: the dusky exoticism of 11th-century Persia, with its poetesses and assassins; the same country's struggles nine hundred years later, seen through the eyes of an American academic obsessed with finding the original manuscript; and the fated maiden voyage of the Titanic, whose tragedy led to the Rubaiyaat's final resting place - all are brought to life with keen assurance by this gifted and award-winning writer.  

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