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Reviewed in the United States on August 29, 2005
I have bought this book 7 times. Each time, I lend or give it to colleagues ranging from diplomats to missionaries, and then have to buy a new copy for my own reference! The maps in the back alone are worth the price of the book. I've worked in US embassies in 13 African countries over the last 20 years, and this book is still my favorite. Reader combines his geographic perspective ("How does humankind live on the land? why are human communities located where they are?" and the ever-popular "Why did humanity evolve in Africa?") with some enlightening side trips e.g. geology: ("Why do diamonds and gold occur where they are? How have such resources affected the continent's history?"). He isn't afraid to tackle the realities of the colonial legacy, but he is balanced in also describing the role of home-grown obstacles on the road Africans are traveling to improve their lives. If you are only going to get through one book about Africa, this is it.
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