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  • A Giant Tree Has Fallen – Tributes to Ali Mazrui (Pre-order)

    **Available mid February 2019**

    This book memorializing the life and work of Ali Al’amin Mazrui comprises more than 130 tributes written by people ranging from heads of state to journalists.Out of respect for Mazrui’s immediate family members, their tributes are presented first, followed by those from his global family members.

    Included in the book are three chapters that comprise an introductory essay, a brief biography of Mazrui, and an essay on metaphorical-linguistic analysis of the tributes. The book also has a preface by the co-editors and a foreword by Salim Ahmed Salim, the former prime Minister of the United Republic of Tanzania and former Secretary-General of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), now known as the African Union. Dr Salim, who served as the Secretary- General of the OAU from 1989 to 2001, was Mazrui’s friend and contemporary. Mazrui once described Salim as ‘Mr. Africa’ and the ‘first real post-colonial Secretary-General of the OAU.’

     

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  • A Video Biography of a Legendary African Scientist & Mathematician and World Citizen: Prof Francis K.A. Allotey (DVD)

    Professor Francis Kofi Ampenyin Allotey (1932 – 2017) was a Professor of Mathematics, Scholar, Nuclear Physicist and a Consultant in Informatics for Development.
     
    He was born in August 1932 at Saltpond in the Central Region of Ghana and received his early education at the Ghana National College.
     
    He pursued further studies at the University Tutorial College, London Borough Polytechnic and London Imperial College of Science and Technology where he obtained the then coveted Diploma of Imperial College (London) in 1960. In 1962, he was enrolled in a PhD (Mathematics) programme at Princeton University, becoming the first African to study at the Mathematics Department of that university. It was while studying at that university that his world-renowned Allotey Formalism was established. The “Allotey Formalism” is a technique used to determine the matter in outer space. The formula is based on his pioneering groundbreaking research on soft x-ray spectroscopy.
     
    At the national level he held the positions of Pro-Vice Chancellor of UST, Chairman, Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, Chairman, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Chairman of the Management Board, Soil Research Institute, Chairman, Ghana Technical Committee on Nuclear Energy, Vice-President, Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, President, Ghana Institute of Physics among others.
     
    He was also a Consultant to several International Institutions, including United Nations Organization, United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), International Atomic Energy Agency, Intergovernmental Bureau for Information, and United Nations Industrial and Development Organization.
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  • Ahead of the Game: Afare Donkor and Ghana’s Financial Renaissance – Hardcover

    Ahead of the Game shines a light on the financial and economic history of Ghana as encountered by one man – Afare Donkor – and the intricacies that have come to characterise the political and corporate world of Ghana.

    As a pathfinder in Ghana’s modern day financial services, Afare Donkor’s exploits have spanned decades of dedication and commitment to a specific course, leading to reformation and development in the sector.

    His adventures have come to represent a giant leap in the country’s financial history and established him as a man undimmed in the silver sunshine of Ghanaian admiration.

    “In a carefully orchestrated delivery, written in an engaging, humorous and concise style, Ebenezer Amankwah has produced a great insight into the myriad of issues that one might face when treading along the path to success and achievement.” ~ Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo (in the foreword)

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  • Alex Ferguson: My Biography

    Sir Alex Ferguson’s compelling story is always honest and revealing he reflects on his managerial career that embraced unprecedented European success for Aberdeen and 26 triumphant seasons with Manchester United.

    Sir Alex Ferguson’s best-selling autobiography has now been updated to offer reflections on events at Manchester United since his retirement as well as his teachings at the Harvard Business School, a night at the Oscars and a boat tour round the Hebrides, where he passed unrecognised.

    The extra material adds fresh insights and detail on his final years as United’s manager.

    Both the psychology of management and the detail of football strategy at the top level can be complex matters but no-one has explained them in a more interesting and accessible way for the general reader than Sir Alex does here.

    MY AUTOBIOGRAPHY is revealing, endlessly entertaining and above all inspirational.

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  • Becoming

    ***Available from 3 December 2018 on Booknook

    An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States.

    In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African-American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.

    In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms.

    Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.

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  • Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before – Hardcover

    Two centuries after James Cook’s epic voyages of discovery, Tony Horwitz takes readers on a wild ride across hemispheres and centuries to recapture the Captain’s adventures and explore his embattled legacy in today’s Pacific. Horwitz, a Pulitzer Prize-winner and author of Confederates in the Attic, works as a sailor aboard a replica of Cook’s ship, meets island kings and beauty queens, and carouses the South Seas with a hilarious and disgraceful travel companion, an Aussie named Roger. He also creates a brilliant portrait of Cook: an impoverished farmboy who became the greatest navigator in British history and forever changed the lands he touched. Poignant, probing, antic, and exhilarating, Blue Latitudes brings to life a man who helped create the global village we inhabit today.

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    Bob Marley: The Untold Story

    What was it about Bob Marley that made him so popular in a world dominated by rock’n’roll? How is that he has not only remained the single most successful reggae artist ever, but has also become a shining beacon of radicalism and peace to generation after generation of fans across the globe?

    On May 11, 1981, a little after 11.30 in the morning, Bob Marley died. The man who introduced reggae to a worldwide audience, in his own lifetime he had already become a hero figure in the classic mythological sense. From immensely humble beginnings and with talent and religious belief his only weapons, the Jamaican recording artist applied himself with unstinting perseverance to spreading his prophetic musical message.

    And he had achieved it: only a year earlier, Bob Marley and The Wailers’ tour of Europe had seen them perform to the largest audiences a musical act had up to that point experienced. Record sales of Marley’s albums before his death were spectacular; in the years since his death they have become phenomenal, as each new generation discovers afresh the remarkable power of his music.

    Chris Salewicz, who had a sequence of adventures with Bob Marley in Jamaica in 1979, offers us a comprehensive and detailed account of Bob Marley’s life and the world in which he grew up and came to dominate. Never-before-heard interviews with dozens of people who knew Marley are woven through a narrative that brings to life not only the Rastafari religion and the musical scene in Jamaica, but also the spirit of the man himself.

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  • Chosen From Darkness

    …From the bleakest of beginnings to a celebrated life at the apex of the banking industry in West Africa

    Out of Africa comes this fascinating story of a female CEO rising from a background of stark illiteracy. Her journey was supposed to be marked by a lack of formal education – and an arranged marriage on the horizon by the time she grew into her teens. Through tremendous personal and family trials and despite powerful communal pressures, she would progress to get a university degree and begin a career. This rare and intimate look into the life of this award-winning CEO will take you on a compelling, engrossing, twisted and exciting adventure in the life of a woman who has risen from the most unlikely and disadvantaged of backgrounds.

    Coming from a polygamous, multi-religious, deeply traditional background, leadership and tough responsibilities were foisted on her at an early age. Her job-hunting struggles are themselves interesting stories of disappointments, impediments, and determination. She has struggled, clawed and survived some of the most crushing of setbacks to emerge bold, brave and poised. With rare candidness and written with a refreshing style, this book will take you on an absorbing journey of adversity, hope, and faith. It’s a stunning memoir of an uncommon kind.

    Proceeds from the sale of this book all go to the Abiola Bawuah Foundation, a non-profit which provides scholarships and other tools to empower young girls in Ghana.

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  • Gandhi 1914-1948: The Years That Changed the World (Gandhi #2)

    The second and concluding volume of the magisterial biography that began with the acclaimed, Gandhi Before India: the definitive portrait of the life and work of one of the most abidingly influential–and controversial–men in world history.

    This volume opens with Mohandas Gandhi’s arrival in Bombay in January 1915 and takes us through his epic struggles over the next three decades: to deliver India from British rule, to forge harmonious relations between India’s Hindu and Muslim populations, to end the pernicious Hindu practice of untouchability, and to develop India’s economic and moral self-reliance. We see how in each of these campaigns, Gandhi adapted methods of nonviolence–strikes, marches, fasts–that successfully challenged British authority, religious orthodoxy, social customs, and would influence non-violent, revolutionary movements throughout the world. In reconstructing Gandhi’s life and work, Ramachandra Guha has drawn on sixty different archival collections, the most significant among them, a previously unavailable collection of papers belonging to Gandhi himself. Using this wealth of material, Guha creates a portrait of Gandhi and of those closest to him — family, friends, political and social leaders–that illuminates the complexity inside his thinking, his motives, his actions and their outcomes as he engaged with every important aspect of social and public life in the India of his time.

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  • Heartbeats of Grace

    In this true account, a great physician puts a 33-year sterling career on the line for someone he’s never met, risking sanction and possible suspension from the medical establishments in both his native and adopted homelands. Another great physician cuts short his business trip in India and races back home to Ghana to open the only currently operational Catheterization laboratory in town just in time to make the emergency intervention possible on a Sunday.

    A true friend suspends his own busy life for 48 hours in order to bring the two physicians together in Accra with barely enough time to save his old school mate’s life.

    A young wife and mother of three incredibly adorable kids doggedly fights a myopic health delivery system, refusing to let anyone tell her that she is a walking widow.

    “…what a racy, scary, magical, joyful story he has survived to tell! And what a fantastic story-teller!” — Kwaku Sakyi Addo

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  • Hilla Limann: Scholar, Diplomat, Statesman – A Biography

    Prof Ivan Addae-Mensah’s biography of Dr. Hilla Limann is a masterpiece.  It comprehensively fills a gap in a period of our history that not much has been written on. For those scholars, students, politicians, researchers, interested in the governance, political history, economic development and international relations of Ghana, this is a must read. — His Excellency D.K. Osei (Former Ghana Ambassador to Denmark and the Scandinavian Countries, Former Secretary to Ex- President J.A. Kufuor and Diplomat in Residence, Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy) 

    The greatest value of this biography lies in the fact that this is a contribution by a person who was first and foremost a friend, and also worked closely with him before, during and after his presidency. Addae-Mensah’s Hilla Limann validates the ancestral saying that: “life is lived but understood backwards.” It contributes toward finding leadership and governance in Africa. To be African is to derive pain from this biography. It shocks and traumatizes. Who are we? Was independence worth it? What was the struggle about and for? Reading this biography shows the urgent need for an energizing vision to get rid of the demons of despair and redeem the worth of Africa for Africans. — Nana Kobina Nketsia V (Senior Lecturer in History, University of Cape Coast and Omanhen of Essikado Traditional Area) 

    We should honour those who have laboured hard for Ghana and not for self. It is no use preaching against corruption when those who are not corrupt have nothing but penury to show when they leave office. The example of Dr Limann would be of no avail unless it strengthens our will to establish an appropriate pension for retired presidents. — Ambassador K.B. Asante (Public Servant, Diplomat, Educationist, Politician)

     

     

     

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