African Interest

African Interest

  • We Came in Dhows 3 volumes by Cynthia Salvadori

    We Came in Dhows 3 volumes by Cynthia Salvadori

    Ksh 7899

    Brief Summary From the introduction: "This volume has been designed as a companion to Through Open Doors: A View of Asian Cultures in Kenya.  Although that book describes the historical background of the various Asian communities [in] Kenya, it has little information about individual people. This book is all about people."   "

  • Aspirations of a Generation Youth of Kenya

    Aspirations of a Generation Youth of Kenya

    Ksh 3299

    Brief Summary Aspirations of a Generation The faces of comprehensive change within our continent have stepped up to the podium. They have spoken, and it’s time to listen; they have visions, and it’s time to see them; they have challenges, and it’s time to assist them; they have questions, and it’s time to answer them; they have plans, and it’s time to engage with them; they have dreams, so let’s dream with them.  “Aspirations of a Generation,” delves into the minds and hearts of our youth; let’s read them  

  • The World Atlas of Coffee by James Hoffmann

    The World Atlas of Coffee by James Hoffmann

    Ksh 2899

    Brief Summary The World Atlas of Coffee: From Beans to Brewing -- Coffees Explored, Explained and Enjoyed The World Atlas of Coffee takes readers on a global tour of coffee-growing countries, presenting the bean in full-color photographs and concise, informative text. It covers where coffee is grown, the people who grow it and the cultures in which it is a way of life. It also covers the world of consumption -- processing, grades, the consumer and the modern culture of coffee. For this new edition, the author expanded his research travels over the last several years to include seven additional coffee-growing regions: Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, China, Philippines, Thailand, Haiti and Puerto Rico. These are covered in 16 additional pages. As well, all of the book's maps have been updated to show greater detail, and all statistics and data have been updated to the most recent available. Organized by continent and then country or region, The World Atlas of Coffee presents the world's favorite brew in color spreads packed with information. The coverage in The World Atlas of Coffee is wide and deep. The book is used by barista and coffee-tasting instructors in North America and overseas and has been welcomed by enthusiastic coffee drinkers everywhere. Appropriate for special and general collections alike, it is an essential selection.  

  • Vanishing Songs of the warriors by Bobby Pall

    Vanishing Songs of the warriors by Bobby Pall

    Ksh 4099

    Brief Summary Vanishing Songs of the Warriors is indeed a depiction of beauty, strength, depth, dignity, truth and the values of people united by love, culture, unity and compassion,” were the words of Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed, the guest of honour at the launch. His art showcased powerful photographic images that depict African culture and heritage in its truest form. Cast in black and white photography, it neither exaggerates nor attempts to embellish the lives of those his images represent. Rather, it educates and transports one into a visual world of a dignified way of life by a people with little material possession but the resilience of the human spirit and the sanctity of communal life and sacrifice. He believes that the real story of Africa is yet to be told. “It is an extraordinary tale that cannot be told from the outside and takes us inside that story and guides us through this fascinating journey of discovery.” Mr Pall’s art work and portraits are filled with photos as well as with people struggling to eke out an existence on terrain that’s semi-arid and barren, which he says inspire him from his travels across the continent. “I often went back and stayed with families that I’d gotten close to during my previous tours.” Asked what a “warrior” is, he said it is a term that transcends gender. “It can refer to anyone, man or woman, who stands strong in the face of adversity and lives with courage, integrity, dignity and commitment to protecting the lives of others. That could include mothers, shepherds, fishermen and everyone else contributing to keeping their community and family alive.”   

  • The Last of the Maasai

    The Last of the Maasai

    Ksh 4199

    Brief Summary To nineteenth-century Europeans, they were the "noblest savages," an elite corps of painted and feathered warriors, strangely aristocratic in their disdain of other people's civilization. For the Maasai, nothing has proved an inducement to change during the last 100 years: not peace for war; money for cattle; nor cities and settlement for the plains and open boundaries of their land covering much of southern Kenya and northern Tanzania.  This isolation, their land, their traditions, codes and values have all been defended in a long, mostly passive war of resistance carried out by a society structured as a standing army. Now the old tribal conflicts are no longer acceptable in the new nation states. No land can be left fallow and unproductive and the Maasai cattle are counted in the national herds. Change has not been forced on the Maasai. But they are on the final retreat to the point of individual choice: either across the line of time and cultural advance or all the way back to the reservations - to whatever land is left to them. In this superb, full-color portrait, photographers Mohamed Amin and Duncan Willetts have produced a comprehensive pictorial record, and John Eames the narrative background, to these remarkable people.  

  • Journey of a Lifetime: Pilgrimage to Makkah by Mohamed Amin

    Journey of a Lifetime: Pilgrimage to Makkah by Mohamed Amin

    Ksh 2999

    Brief Summary This exquisitely beautiful series of books portrays the cultures, landscapes, fauna, flora and history of an individual country with over 150 stunning photographs and well-written and knowledgeable text. Lavishly illustrated, this special pictorial record -- with lucid and absorbing text -- of the pilgrimage known to Muslims as the Hajj brilliantly catches the spirit and devotion of one of the world's great religious experiences. For pilgrims this book will be an enduring reminder of that experience. For non-Muslims it stands as a moving documentary of a testament to faith.  

  • Wisdom of the Elders Personal Reflections of Over 70 Kenyans who Have Lived Through Changing Times

    Wisdom of the Elders Personal Reflections of Over 70 Kenyans who Have Lived Through Changing Times

    Ksh 4699

    Brief Summary "'Wisdom of the elders' presents conversations with over 70 elders of diverse background, education level, race and gender. One is none other than immediate former President Emilio Mwai Kibaki. Another is the widow of former freedom fighter Dedan Kimathi, while another is the grandmother of President Barrack Hussein.  Others are normal Kenyans living in villages, with no claim to fame or stature. However, all those profiled have lived three score ten years and more and in the words of the Bible, have reached the age of wisdom.  Discussing how life was then and how it is today, their disparate views will inform and resonate as they provide a veritable history lesson."--Dust jacket flap.  

  • Dinka Legendary Cattle Keepers of Sudan

    Dinka Legendary Cattle Keepers of Sudan

    Ksh 8199

    Brief Summary This seminal volume on the indigenous African Dinka group is a landmark documentation of a vanishing people in war-torn Sudan. World-renowned photographers Angela Fisher and Carol Beckwith have devoted their lives to documenting the rapidly disappearing ceremonies and cultures of the indigenous people of Africa.  In breathtakingly poignant images, they present a story that started with their first visit to the Dinka thirty years ago. Living in harmony with their cattle, the Dinka have survived years of war only to find their culture on the brink of vanishing forever. Where the White Nile River reaches Dinka country, it spills over 11,000 square miles of flood plain to form the Sudd, the largest swamp in the world.  In the dry season, it provides abundant pasture for cattle, and this is where the Dinka set up their camps. The men dust their bodies and faces with gray ash--protection against flies and lethal malarial mosquitoes, but also considered a mark of beauty. Covered with this ash and up to 7' 6- tall, the Dinka were referred to as -gentle- or -ghostly- giants by the early explorers. The Dinka call themselves -jieng- and -mony-jang, - which means -men of men.-  

  • The Journey Within by Dinesh Patel

    The Journey Within by Dinesh Patel

    Ksh 6499

    Brief Summary This book represents one photographer’s effort to share his personal perspective of Africa’s wildlife heritage. Drawing on his vast collection of photographs from hundreds of safaris in Eastern Africa over the past five decades, Dinesh Patel has successfully made the African safari universally accessible. What distinguishes the book from the myriad others are two striking features. First, is its simplicity and purity the wildlife photography in the book is uncomplicated and pure, capturing snapshots of the wild as it is intended to be, devoid of human factors.  Second, building on this simplicity, unfettered with commentary, the photographer has successfully created a world that gives the reader an experience of being there, accompanying the photographer as he moves on his journey. Whether these photographs are viewed with awe or admired for their majesty, they convey an important message.  The African wilderness is in rapid retreat. Too many of the creatures exhibited here are on the lamentable list of endangered species and face a bleak future. So the challenge ahead is serious and the task difficult but essential. Africa needs a future that befits its unique place in the grandeur of nature. By nurturing these natural jewels and by playing to its strength sits unique and spectacular wild legacy Africa must become prosperous by preserving its heritage.  It is the essential duty of the wildlife photographer to spread this message by conveying the spectacle and magnificence of Africa’s wild wonders. Dinesh Patel has accomplished this task with distinction.  

  • The Tree Where Man Was Born by Peter Matthiessen

    The Tree Where Man Was Born by Peter Matthiessen

    Ksh 3399

    Brief Summary In this classic volume, Matthiessen exquisitely combines both nature and travel writing to bring East Africa to vivid life.  He skillfully portrays the daily lives of herdsmen and hunter-gatherers; the drama of the predator kills; the hundreds of exotic animals; the breathtaking landscapes; and the area's turbulent natural, political, and social histories.  

  • The Ngorongoro Story by Hugo van Lawick and Tom Lithgow

    The Ngorongoro Story by Hugo van Lawick and Tom Lithgow

    Ksh 3599

    Brief Summary The battle for the Ngorongoro Crater is one of the most gripping conservation stories of the last century. Those throwing their hats into the ring have included a formidably imposing German farmer, a trigger-happy Scots baronet, and an ex-British army captain with some rather reckless ideas on how to photograph lions. Such interlopers have had to contend with the Maasai, who believe all the cattle in the world are theirs; conservationists who wish to preserve the Ngorongoro as a natural habitat; and of course the animals themselves, inhabiting the rich grasslands of the crater floor in teeming numbers. The Ngorongoro Story traces the history of the crater from the pioneering days of the early explorers, through two world wars, up to recent international efforts to save the natural habitat of the Ngorongoro for posterity.  

  • Obama An Intimate Portrait The Historic Presidency in Photographs by Pete Souza

    Obama An Intimate Portrait The Historic Presidency in Photographs by Pete Souza

    Ksh 5199

    Brief Summary This is the definitive visual biography of Barack Obama's presidency, captured in intimate, unprecedented detail by his official White House photographer. Pete Souza began photographing President Obama on his first day as a U.S. senator, in January 2005, and served as the chief official White House photographer for the President's full two terms. Souza was with President Obama more often, and at more crucial moments, than any friend or staff member, or even the First Lady--and he photographed it all. Souza captured nearly 2 million photographs of Obama, in moments ranging from classified to disarmingly candid. This large-format (12"x10"), exquisitely produced book presents more than 300 of Souza's favorite and most iconic images from these historic years; many have never been seen before. This seminal work on the Obama presidency documents moments of national importance--including the historic image of the President and his advisors watching tensely in the Situation Room as the Bin Laden mission unfolded--alongside unguarded moments with the President's family, his many encounters with children, and his time spent interacting with world leaders, members of Congress, White House staff, artists, musicians and more. The photographs are paired with captions and stories providing behind-the-scenes context for each, and offer insight into the special relationship Souza and the President forged during their time together. The result is a stunning record of a landmark era in American history. Souza's work enabled us to feel that we knew the President. This book puts us in the White House with him.  

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