• The Fourth John: Reign, Rejection & Rebound

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    An influential northern caucus is secretly meeting and grooming him to contest the man who will select him as a vice presidential candidate. A meeting between the first lady and the Brong-Ahafo caucus results in, perhaps, the fastest ministerial reshuffle in the history of the country. At 2a.m., before the breaking of a major scandal, there is a meeting between the president’s friend and the investigative journalist about how to involve the main opposition leader, in the story to minimise its damage to the president in the upcoming election. The wife of the president reports the wife of the vice president to the vice president’s mother. The night before a crucial election, the president and his main contender are locked up in a meeting with Ghana’s most revered traditional ruler.

    These and other revealing accounts on governance, policies and programmes of the fourth presidency of Ghana’s Fourth Republic are the intriguing contents of this book. Here, the journalist whose investigations are believed to have contributed to the downfall of the administration gets brutally intimate with the regime.

    Rare interviews with key figures of the governing party and historical contexts to contemporary events provide readers and students of African politics the inside story of what is considered the model democracy on the continent. The fluidity of the writing style and humour make this book about politics and governance in Ghana’s Fourth Republic both informative, educative and entertaining.

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    Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

    Nelson Mandela is one of the great moral and political leaders of our time: an international hero whose lifelong dedication to the fight against racial oppression in South Africa won him the Nobel Peace Prize and the presidency of his country. Since his triumphant release in 1990 from more than a quarter-century of imprisonment, Mandela has been at the center of the most compelling and inspiring political drama in the world. As president of the African National Congress and head of South Africa’s antiapartheid movement, he was instrumental in moving the nation toward multiracial government and majority rule. He is revered everywhere as a vital force in the fight for human rights and racial equality.

    LONG WALK TO FREEDOM is his moving and exhilarating autobiography, destined to take its place among the finest memoirs of history’s greatest figures. Here for the first time, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela tells the extraordinary story of his life–an epic of struggle, setback, renewed hope, and ultimate triumph.

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    Dare Not Linger: The Presidential Years (Hardcover)

    The long-awaited second volume of Nelson Mandela’s memoirs, left unfinished at his death and never before available, are here completed and expanded with notes and speeches written by Mandela during his historic presidency, making for a moving sequel to his worldwide bestseller Long Walk to Freedom.
     
    “I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.”
     
    In 1994, Nelson Mandela became the first president of a democratic South Africa. From the outset, he was committed to serving only a single five-year term. During his presidency, he and his government ensured that all of South Africa’s citizens became equal before the law, and he laid the foundation for turning a country riven by centuries of colonialism and apartheid into a fully functioning democracy.
     
    Dare Not Linger is the story of Mandela’s presidential years, drawing heavily on the memoir he began to write as he prepared to leave office, but was unable to finish. Now the acclaimed South African writer Mandla Langa has completed the task, using Mandela’s unfinished draft, detailed notes that Mandela made as events were unfolding, and a wealth of unseen archival material. With a prologue by Mandela’s widow, Graça Machel, the result is a vivid and often inspirational account of Mandela’s presidency and the creation of a new democracy. It tells the story of a country in transition and the challenges Mandela faced as he strove to make his vision for a liberated South Africa a reality.
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  • Ghana’s 2012 Presidential Election Petition

    The story of the presidential election petition as it unfolded outside and inside the courtroom is graphically retold by the author of this book in a straightforward and memorable manner. If you were not among the audience in the courtroom or if you were not a constant watcher of the TV during the hearing of the petition, or if your understanding of the legal process is limited, this book is your best story teller of all that happened.

    The author, although a lawyer of many years standing, and a very well-known politician, has not written  book on law or politics. His several books deal with history, chieftaincy, culture and conflict in Dagbon. This is his first time of venturing into the politico-legal field. And he has done it well.

    Even though the book is intended to tell the story of Ghana’s 2012 presidential election petition, it equally deals with the politics of Ghana and the country’s electoral laws. The book is therefore recommended not only for people who want to know the story of the election petition, but also to politicians and first year law students as well as people interested in law. The book will inspire them.

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  • Elections in Ghana (1951-2016)

    This updated edition of Elections in Ghana (1951-2012) analyses all elections and referenda in Ghana from the colonial times to the latest in 2016. It therefore creates a ‘one-stop shop’ in which to ‘sell’ the dynamics, nuances, false starts and progress of the many national elections/referenda in Ghana.

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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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    Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics: How the Internet Era is Transforming Kenya

    From the upheavals of recent national elections to the success of the #MyDressMyChoice feminist movement, digital platforms have already had a dramatic impact on political life in Kenya – one of the most electronically advanced countries in Africa. While the impact of the Digital Age on Western politics has been extensively debated, there is still little appreciation of how it has been felt in developing countries such as Kenya, where Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp and other online platforms are increasingly a part of everyday life.

    Written by a respected Kenyan activist and researcher at the forefront of political online struggles, this book presents a unique contribution to the debate on digital democracy. For traditionally marginalised groups, particularly women and people with disabilities, digital spaces have allowed Kenyans to build new communities which transcend old ethnic and gender divisions. But the picture is far from wholly positive.

    Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics explores the drastic efforts being made by elites to contain online activism, as well as how ‘fake news’, a failed digital vote-counting system and the incumbent president’s recruitment of Cambridge Analytica contributed to tensions around the 2017 elections. Reframing digital democracy from the African perspective, Nyabola’s ground-breaking work opens up new ways of understanding our current global online era.

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    Obama: The Historic Front Pages

    Celebrate a milestone in American history:

    The election of President Barack Obama

    Yes, he did! When Barack Obama became president-elect on November 4, 2008, he transformed Martin’s Luther King’s dream into reality. Obama, and the 66.3 million Americans who voted for him, proved to the world that all things are possible. And the day after, people from coast to coast lined up to buy newspapers as souvenirs. The demand was unprecedented, with stands and stores quickly selling out: USA Today sold an extra 380,000 copies, while the Atlanta Journal-Constitution went back to print five times.

    Now, everyone can own a piece of history, thanks to this gorgeous commemorative album of front pages that capture Barack Obama’s extraordinary journey to the White House. Featuring newspapers both domestic and foreign, and depicting all the landmarks in this groundbreaking campaign—including the inauguration—Obama is a stunning keepsake for all who experienced this remarkable moment…and future generations, too.

    • The only book to feature five historic speeches as well as front pages of three significant moments: when Obama won the Democratic nomination; when he became the first African-American elected president; and when he was sworn in

    • Includes the historic speech “A More Perfect Union,” delivered at Constitution Hall,

    Philadelphia, March 18, 2008

    ·  Includes newspapers from both America and around the world, with pull quotes and translations of foreign headlines

    ·  Stunning photos from the nomination and election plus original images of the inauguration shot especially for this book

    • An introduction by Howard Dodson, director of the prestigious Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library

     

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  • The Downing Street Years

    This first volume of Margaret Thatcher’s memoirs, which encompasses the entirety of her career as Prime Minister.

    Margaret Thatcher was the towering figure of late-twentieth-century British politics. This is the story of her remarkable life in her own words.

    This first volume of her memoirs is a riveting first-hand portrait of the events and personalities of her eleven years in power. She recalls the triumphs and the critical moments of her premiership – the Falklands War, the miners’ strike, the Brighton bomb, the Westland Affair and her unprecedented three election victories. Her judgements of the men and women she encountered, whether world statesmen or Cabinet colleagues, are astonishingly frank. She is lavish with her praise; devastating with her criticism. The book reaches a gripping climax with an hour-by-hour description from inside 10 Downing Street of her dramatic final days in office.

    Margaret Thatcher’s compelling account stands as a powerful testament to her influential legacy.

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    Friends, Voters, Countrymen (Hardcover)

    A lively, idiosyncratic, witty look at what is at the heart of our political process. Boris Johnson took notes throughout his period as prospective candidate and the election campaign. The result is a book that is outspoken and funny, and yet raises real questions about the democratic process.

    Have you ever wondered about becoming a Member of Parliament? Or why other people do? Or thought about the process of getting from being a regular person, through the selection procedure, to becoming that candidate for whom we may (or may not) vote? Or considered what the prospective parliamentary candidates do as they stump around the constituency – making speeches, kissing babies, knocking on front doors, providing newspaper copy? Or what difference it makes to us?

    Boris Johnson has been a candidate in two elections. As a journalist, he is used to writing about politicians. But he decided that he should become one. Now he is himself being interviewed. So what does it feel like, with the tables turned?

    What made him decide to become an MP?

    Boris Johnson writes about his views on the role of MPs and their historical place: what they can achieve today. He comments on life on the stump, and the pleasure (mostly) of meeting voters, on political parties, current issues, and how to persuade people to vote – all interwoven with stories of what happened to him on his way to a meeting.

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    Tony Blair: A Journey

    TONY BLAIR is the politician who defines our times. His emergence as Labour leader in 1994 marked a seismic shift in British politics. Within a few short years, he had transformed his party and rallied the country behind him, becoming prime minister in 1997 with the biggest victory in Labour’s history, and bringing to an end eighteen years of Conservative government. He took Labour to a historic three terms in office, as the dominant political figure of the last two decades.

    A JOURNEY is Tony Blair’s first-hand account of his years in office and beyond. Here he describes for the first time his role in shaping our recent history, from the aftermath of Princess Diana’s death to the war on terror. He reveals the leadership decisions that were necessary to reinvent his party, the relationships with colleagues such as Gordon Brown and Peter Mandelson, the gruelling negotiations for peace in Northern Ireland, the battles over education and health, the implementation of the biggest reforms to public services since 1945, and his relationships with leaders on the world stage, from Mandela and Clinton to Putin and Bush. He analyses the belief in ethical intervention that led to his decisions to go to war, in Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan and, most controversially of all, in Iraq.

    A JOURNEY is a book about the nature and uses of political power. In frank, unflinching, often wry detail, Tony Blair charts the ups and downs of his career to provide insight into the man, as well as the politician and statesman. He explores the challenges of leadership, and explains why he took on public opinion to stand up for what he believed in. He also looks forwards, to emerging power relationships and economies, and to Britain’s changing role, addressing the vital issues and complexities of our global world.

    Few British prime ministers have shaped the nation’s course as profoundly as Tony Blair, and his achievements and his legacy will be debated for years to come. Amid the millions of words written about him, this book is unique: his own journey, in his own words.

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  • The Wife of the Vice President: My Journey (Hardcover)

    A most inspiring and delightful book exemplified in its simplest form of love for humanity and nature – an awesome journey!Rev. Fr. Andrew Campbell, SVD, Parish Priest, Christ the King Catholic Church

    This photo book captures the story of the life of Mrs. Matilda Amissah-Arthur. Her passion to support the vulnerable in society, especially women and children, is manifested through her numerous activities in fields of culture, education and health.

    Her NGO, Reading for Life, her deep ties with the Ghana Library Association and the setting up of many libraries depict her thirst for knowledge and progress through reading.

    Other signposts in this photo book reveal the humanitarian, philanthropic and religious side of Mrs. Amissah-Arthur. Her work with orphanages and homes, social interventions, donations to hospitals and association with several churches through the length and breadth of the country bring everlasting memories to the underprivileged.

    This book also captures some softer sides of Mrs. Amissah-Arthur, namely: gardening, flower shows and her relationship with traditional leaders. The compelling and revealing portraits exhibit deep feelings, moods and attitudes.

    My Journey carefully blends vivid recollections and memory of a whole life story and, on its own, a great learning experience.

    Perpetua S. Dadzie, PhD, Associate Professor, University Librarian, University of Ghana, Legon

     

    75.00

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