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Fortunes of Africa: A 5,000 Year History of Wealth, Greed and Endeavour

By: Martin Meredith (Author)

761 pages, 16 plates with 37 colour & b/w photos and colour & b/w illustrations

Simon & Schuster

Paperback | Jun 2015 | #219567 | ISBN-13: 9781471135453
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Hardback | Sep 2014 | #219568 | ISBN-13: 9781471135439
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In this vast and vivid panorama of history, Martin Meredith, bestselling author of The State of Africa, follows the fortunes of Africa over a period of 5 000 years. With compelling narrative, he traces the rise and fall of ancient kingdoms and empires; the spread of Christianity and Islam; the enduring quest for gold and other riches; the exploits of explorers and missionaries; and the impact of European colonisation. He examines, too, the fate of modern African states and concludes with a glimpse into their future. This is history on an epic scale.

"Meredith artfully weaves together exploration, trade and geography in a narrative that is both detailed and arresting"

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Martin Meredith is a journalist, biographer and historian who has written extensively on Africa and its recent history. He is the author of many books including The State of Africa: A History of the Continent Since Independence; Mugabe: Power, Plunder, and the Struggle for Zimbabwe, and Mandela: A Biography. He lives near Oxford.

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