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    1947 – 1957: The Story of Ghana’s Independence (Pre-order)

    *Not yet in print, awaiting launch

    Ghana, a former colony of Great Britain, made history on March 6, 1957, when it became the first country in Sub-Saharan Africa to gain its independence. There have been many accounts of the story of Ghana’s independence by scholars, protagonists and observers alike. In this book, the author revisits the story and in a year by year account from 1947 to 1957 when the first Prime Minister, Kwame Nkrumah, declared Ghana’s independence, highlighting some of the key events that drove the struggle.

    The book also examines in detail the role played by individuals whose names have come to be associated with the struggle as an attempt to settle the old question of individuals in political change with Ghana as the case study.

    It is written with the perspective of a journalist and historian.

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    A Fighting Chance

    An unlikely political star tells the inspiring story of the two-decade journey that taught her how Washington really works—and really doesn’t—in A Fighting Chance

    As a child in small-town Oklahoma, Elizabeth Warren yearned to go to college and then become an elementary school teacher—an ambitious goal, given her family’s modest means. Early marriage and motherhood seemed to put even that dream out of reach, but fifteen years later she was a distinguished law professor with a deep understanding of why people go bankrupt. Then came the phone call that changed her life: could she come to Washington DC to help advise Congress on rewriting the bankruptcy laws?

    Thus began an impolite education into the bare-knuckled, often dysfunctional ways of Washington. She fought for better bankruptcy laws for ten years and lost. She tried to hold the federal government accountable during the financial crisis but became a target of the big banks. She came up with the idea for a new agency designed to protect consumers from predatory bankers and was denied the opportunity to run it. Finally, at age 62, she decided to run for elective office and won the most competitive—and watched—Senate race in the country.

    In this passionate, funny, rabble-rousing book, Warren shows why she has chosen to fight tooth and nail for the middle class—and why she has become a hero to all those who believe that America’s government can and must do better for working families.

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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 Portrait of Otumfuo Opoku Ware II – as a Young Man

    A Portrait of Otumfuo Opoku Ware II as a Young Man is a personal account of the life of the Asantehene before he assumed office in 1970. It has evolved out of a long and intimate relationship between Otumfuo and the author, covering many hours of formal interviews and friendly chats, which together with access to family records and historians has formed the basis for this book.

    The character of the Otumfuo, a detailed family pedigree, his school days, how he acquired his christian names – Matthew and Jacob, the prophecy made of his reign, the simple altar boy, the great affection shown him by Nana Prempeh I (on his return from Seychelles), to be continued by Otumfuo Sir Osei Agyeman Prempeh II are vividly portrayed. The book ends at the time of his becoming King.

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  • Africa Must Unite!

    Africa Must Unite best describes what Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah stood for.

    The mission he began over half a century ago remains uncompleted and the task of this generation is to make the dream of African unity come alive and realise our full potential as the African nation that would be embracing all peoples of African ancestry.

    Nkrumah called for the political and economic unification of African states as the most effective way to achieve economic and socio-cultural emancipation and regain full sovereignty over our land and resources.

    The thesis of Africa Unite remains unassilable, giving hope to about 1.5 billion Africans all over the world who aspire for a better life in a more humane world.

    Africa Must Unite!

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  • African Traditional Leadership

    In this book, Emeritus Professor Jacob U. Gordon has brought together both historical and current literature in traditional African leadership to focus on critical issues of leadership and governance in Africa. The book sets out to provide students of African leadership and development, educators, politicians, traditional leaders and practitioners with a toolbox for understanding the changing role of traditional rulers/chiefs and its future in African life.

    It examples leadership dynamics of past African leaders such as Abu Bakr II (14th century), Chaka Zulu, Queen Hatshepsut, Hannibal of Carthage, Makeda the Queen of Sheba, King Mansa Musa, Haile Selassie and Yaa Asantewaa.

    It is the author’s hope that this book will help the reader to better understand the complexities of traditional leadership in Africa and key considerations; to appreciate the values of traditional African leadership; and to develop a better appreciation of the importance of good leadership and governance in a global and competitive world that yearns for sustainable peace and security.

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  • American Prison: A Reporter’s Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment (Hardcover)

    New York Times Book Review 10 Best Books of 2018

    One of President Barack Obama’s favorite books of 2018

    A New York Times Notable Book

    A ground-breaking and brave inside reckoning with the nexus of prison and profit in America: in one Louisiana prison and over the course of our country’s history.

    In 2014, Shane Bauer was hired for $9 an hour to work as an entry-level prison guard at a private prison in Winnfield, Louisiana. An award-winning investigative journalist, he used his real name; there was no meaningful background check. Four months later, his employment came to an abrupt end. But he had seen enough, and in short order he wrote an exposé about his experiences that won a National Magazine Award and became the most-read feature in the history of the magazine Mother Jones. Still, there was much more that he needed to say. In American Prison, Bauer weaves a much deeper reckoning with his experiences together with a thoroughly researched history of for-profit prisons in America from their origins in the decades before the Civil War. For, as he soon realized, we can’t understand the cruelty of our current system and its place in the larger story of mass incarceration without understanding where it came from. Private prisons became entrenched in the South as part of a systemic effort to keep the African-American labor force in place in the aftermath of slavery, and the echoes of these shameful origins are with us still.

    The private prison system is deliberately unaccountable to public scrutiny. Private prisons are not incentivized to tend to the health of their inmates, or to feed them well, or to attract and retain a highly-trained prison staff. Though Bauer befriends some of his colleagues and sympathizes with their plight, the chronic dysfunction of their lives only adds to the prison’s sense of chaos. To his horror, Bauer finds himself becoming crueler and more aggressive the longer he works in the prison, and he is far from alone.

    A blistering indictment of the private prison system, and the powerful forces that drive it, American Prison is a necessary human document about the true face of justice in America.

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  • Are You Not A Nigerian? Thoughts on a Nation at Crossroads (Pre-order)

    *Available from 15th September 2019.

    Are You Not A Nigerian? chronicles a country’s fourth attempt at democratic governance after many years of military dictatorship. Through his personal experiences and observations, Báyọ̀ Olúpohùndà captures the reality of Nigeria’s socio-political environment at the turn of the millennium, the collapse of dignity in service, and the ubiquitous “Nigerian factor” that creates entitlement.

    Are You Not A Nigerian? examines the lost opportunities, the disappointment of successive administrations, and the dilemma of a nation at a crossroads.

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  • Axioms of Dr. K. A. Busia: A Compilation of Philosophies, Ideas and Policies of a Statesman

    This book reflects the thoughts of K. A. Busia, Ghana’s first university professor and prime minister of the 2nd Republic. It consists of extracts from his writings as a scholar, politician and statesman.

    The book deals with issues regarding democracy, the rule of law, good governance, our common humanity, knowledge and
    education, among others.

    It is a requisite companion for academics, politicians, the clergy, traditional rulers, historians, researchers, students and all those who subscribe to the tenets of democracy.

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  • Ayeyi – Praises: A Celebration of Life

    This book looks at various professions in the world from the oldest profession — prostitution — to others such as journalists, lawyers, politicians, and many others, their strengths and weaknesses and their contribution to society.

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  • Between the Lion and the Elephant: Memoirs of An African Diplomat (Hardcover)

    Between the Lion and the Elephant, by one of Ghana’s well-known journalists and diplomats, is an account of the civil wars in Cote D’Ivoire and Sierra Leone where the author served as Ghana’s top Envoy.

    A strong commitment to the welfare of the Ghanaian and African people runs throughout these fascinating memoirs, which reveal also the breadth and depth of the author’s personality. The daunting challenges facing our generation’s political leaders, as they seek to build viable states in newly emerging nations which guarantee individual freedom and create conditions of prosperity for the broad masses, have been well documented in the book. The hope must be that they will be equal to the challenges.

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    Big Men, Small Boys and Politics in Ghana: Power, Ideology and the Burden of History, 1982-1994

    During the 1980s, Ghanaian politics went through remarkable transformations – from revolution, through adoption of a draconian economic reform programme, to the eventual return to democratic government in 1992. This study covers the entire sequence of events, situating them in the broader historical context and offering a sustained explanation of what occurred. Since the eighteenth century, a central theme dominating Ghanaian politics and society has been the relationship between wealth and virtue, and Dr Nugent offers a key explanation of the way in which this theme is still predominant today.

    Drawing on research which focuses on different sectors of the body politic – the labour movement, the peasantry, professional associations, the student movement, the churches and the military – this book provides a much-needed synthesis. Dr Nugent gives an in-depth analysis of the 1992 elections, including information based on personal fieldwork and interviews undertaken in the Volta Region. His analysis is situated within the wider context of Africanist historical and political research, while doing justice to the nuances and complexities of Ghanaian political life.

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