Soledad Brother: The Prison Letters of George Jackson

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November 20, 2016

A collection of Jackson’s letters from prison, Soledad Brother is an outspoken condemnation of the racism of white America and a powerful appraisal of the prison system that failed to break his spirit but eventually took his life. Jackson’s letters make palpable the intense feelings of anger and rebellion that filled black men in America’s prisons in the 1960s. But even removed from the social and political firestorms of the…

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Blood Diamonds: Tracing the Deadly Path of the World’s Most Precious Stones by Greg Campbell

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October 18, 2016

First discovered in 1930, the diamonds of Sierra Leone have funded one of the most savage rebel campaigns in modern history. These “blood diamonds” are smuggled out of West Africa and sold to legitimate diamond merchants in London, Antwerp, and New York, often with the complicity of the international diamond industry. Eventually, these very diamonds find their way into the rings and necklaces of brides and spouses the world over.

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Leonard Percival Howell and the Genesis of Rastafari

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October 18, 2016

Leonard Percival Howell and the Genesis of Rastafari is a ground-breaking addition to Rastafari studies. The articles in this collection explore Leonard Howell and the origins of the Rastafari movement in the 1930s, his thinking on African redemption and the divinity of Haile Selassie, his reclamation of an African ancestral identity, and his persecution at the hands of the British colonial government and the post-independence Jamaican government.

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African Heroes by Naomi Mitchison

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October 18, 2016

KIRKUS REVIEW In the lives of her heroes is the glory and tragedy of Africa: the legendary Sundiata, backward child become triumphant Mali emperor–“”son of the buffalo, protector of the innocent””–and his grandson Mansa Musa of the gold-paved pilgrimage; Mai Idris Alooma of Bornu, faithful Moslem; “”The Greatest Mani of Kongo,”” Christianized King Affonso, seeing Portuguese greed destroy his dream of a beneficent independent state (“”The slave trade had so…

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