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Reader, John.
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Publication Information:
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, [2001]

Physical Description:
320 pages : color illustrations, color map ; 31 cm
General Note:
Companion volume to the 8 hour PBS series Africa.

Format :


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DT6.7 .R43 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize
DT6.7 .R43 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
DT6.7 .R43 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
DT6.7 .R43 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Combines photography and text to capture the diverse landscapes, wildlife, and peoples of Africa, from the Sahara of northern Africa to the Southern Veld, from Kilimanjaro to the Niger River.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Reader, in Africa: a Biography of the Continent (1998), wrote a powerful, scholarly account tracing the origins of the first Homo sapiens and their subsequent migrations throughout the world. He returns to the theme that "we all belong to Africa" in his latest title, a sweeping, lushly illustrated companion volume to an upcoming PBS series scheduled for broadcast in September. Divided into sections devoted to geographical regions (savanna, desert, mountains, coast, etc.), the text, illustrated with Michael Lewis' stunning photos, offers glimpses into regional ways of life, always noting how people have adapted to local climate and land. Although the author ends each chapter with a profile of a contemporary individual, his fascination for evolutionary processes shows throughout the book; readers looking for portraits of urban African life may be disappointed. But providing an all-inclusive overview of a continent's people and cultures is an impossible task, and Reader and Lewis offer a beautiful, lively, and opinionated volume, dense with information, while remaining accessible to a wide age range. --Gillian Engberg

Library Journal Review

Two books on Africa with the same title and familiar themes, yet how different they are in content and approach! In a companion book to the eight-week PBS series that began on September 9, 2001, Reader (Africa: A Biography of the Continent) attempts to document in detail and with informed commentaries every aspect of the continent's evolution and its results. This ambitious and encyclopedic work describes and explains the African savannah and the continent's deserts, forests, mountains, lakes, and coasts. He does this with elegance and a rare admiration of Africa's role in human evolution and history. The land, its people, abundant wildlife, intriguing plants, and challenging climate all receive equal attention and emerge as intricate and indispensable parts of one grand natural scheme. Reader's tone is that of a devout evolutionist, and his style is fluid, simple, and clear. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 6
Savannap. 10
Desertp. 48
Rain Forestp. 88
Mountainsp. 122
Sahelp. 162
Great Lakesp. 200
Coastp. 238
Southern Africap. 274
Resourcesp. 310
Map Appendix Indexp. 314
Cip and Copyrightp. 320