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  • Steve Jobs: Thinking Differently

    Age Range: 8 – 12 years

    This must-read biography of Steve Jobs provides an “absorbing, detailed account of Apple’s first heady days” (School Library Journal) and beyond, and is specially written for a younger audience.

    Visionary. Pioneer. Little terror. Entrepreneur. Inventor. College dropout. Creative genius.

    These are just a few of the words used to describe the late Steve Jobs, cofounder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Apple Inc. In this comprehensive biography for middle grade readers, discover the story of the “Thomas Edison of our time.”

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  • Kwegyir Aggrey of Africa: His Life and Achievements

    “The man (Kwegyir Aggrey) is a saint, but damn his colour!” So declared Edwin Smith who once wrote the life history of this illustrious Ghanaian. Aggrey was gifted with the power of intellect, humour and oratory. Kwame Nkrumah had confessed that he was an admirer of this great man who once taught him at Achimota College. Unfortunately, not much is known about Kwegyir Aggrey who was a great educationist as well as a human rights advocate.
    In this book, specially designed for the youth, Kwegyir Aggrey comes alive on every page. The reader will be entranced by the story of this great Ghanaian whose exemplary lifestyle is worthy of emulation worldwide.
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  • The Kwame Nkrumah Cartoons: A Visual History of the Times

    The first section of this book covers cartoons produced before the 24 February 1966 coup; and the second section covers cartoons produced after the coup. Within these two sections, the individual cartoons themselves are not arranged in any particular order. While dates are important in historical narratives, the aim of this book is to compare and contrast representations of the Ghanaian leader and other aspects of Ghanaian, African and world history during Nkrumah’s last years in power and immediately after his removal from power; to compare and contrast depictions of Nkrumah at the height of his power with depictions of Nkrumah after he was no longer in power. The pre-coup and post-coup periods are presented as distinct but overlapping historical spaces.

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  • Akyem Abuakwa, 1700-1943: From Ofori Panin to Sir Ofori Atta (Trondheim Studies in History) [Hardcover]

    Recently-launched in hardcover format, this book by Professor Addo-Fening is an authoritatively comprehensive treasure on Akyem Abuakwa history.

    This book tells the story of Akyem Abuakwa from its origins in 17th century Adanse, through its relocation to Banso, on the backside of the Atewa Hill under Nana Ofori Panin, commonly regarded as the founder of the Akyem State, and subsequently to Kyebi, in the valley of the Birim River, after 1727; through to the interactions with the Basel Mission and social developments in the 19th and 20th centuries to the transformation of the Abuakwa economy in recent years.

    Published by Heritage Project as part of The Legacy Series.

     

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  • Amantiremanmienu Nana Ofori Atta: Okyenhene – Akyem Abuakwa (1912-1943) [Hardcover]

    Foreword by Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin

    Amantiremanmienu means literally ‘He who bestrode two worlds’. Nana Ofori Atta was the first Western educated Okyenhene; the first traditional ruler to establish a Stool Treasury, proceeds of which he ploughed into founding and funding the first Trade and Secondary School (now known as the Abuakwa Secondary School); and the first Scholarship Fund to support brilliant but needy children in the Gold Coast. He established what is now the Kyebi Government Hospital. The longest serving African on the Legislative Assembly, the de facto Parliament of the day, he was the first African to draft and sponsor what became known as the Native Ordinance Bill — it served as the administrating law for the Gold Coast until 1944.

    The first traditional ruler to be knighted, Nana Sir Ofori Atta married 44 wives. He was the first Okyenhene to establish a committee to write the constitution of Okyeman.

    This unique Coffee Table Book shares for the first time, excerpts from the archives, dairies and letters he kept in Kyebi. Of all the titles bestowed on him, he would sign each letter in green ink: ‘I am, Omanhene, Akyem Abuakwa’.

    Published by Heritage Project as part of The Legacy Series.

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  • Dare Not Linger: The Presidential Years (Hardcover)

    **Available on Booknook.store from 15 April**
     
    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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  • A Danish Jew in West Africa: Wulff Joseph Wulff Biography And Letters (1836-1842)

    Wulff’s life history is of considerable interest in itself. In her biographical essay (Part I) Selena Axelrod Winsnes portrays him as a ‘marginal man’: being a Jew in Denmark at the beginning of the 19th century was to some extent an uphill struggle for those who sought public recognition, and Wulff did not escape discrimination in his administrative career at Christiansborg either, although special circumstances allowed him to hold important positions, and yet, only for the short term.

    Paradoxically, on his arrival to the Gold Coast Wulff — as a Jew — was placed in a middle position in the racial hierarchy dominating the mind-set of his superiors in Copenhagen — between Africans and Europeans. In many respects he shared the fate of Euro-Africans, straddling two worlds and being ‘sealed off’ from the top echelons of the European establishments on the Coast.

    This book comprises two parts. The first is a biographical presentation of Wulff Joseph Wulff , a Danish Jew. It is an essay concerning the last six years of his life, spent on the Gold Coast of West Africa, based on letters he wrote to his family in Denmark. Those letters were published in 1917 as Da Guinea var Dansk [When Guinea was Danish], by Carl Behrens, a member of his family in Denmark. The second part of the book is an edited translation of the letters from Danish into English.

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  • Closing the Books: Governor Edward Carstensen on Danish Guinea (1842-50)

    Sitting on the terrace of the royal plantation Frederiksgave, his favourite retreat, Governor Edward Carstensen came to see the inevitable: Denmark had to give up her “possessions” in Africa. As fate would have it, he came to be the instrument by which two centuries of Danish involvement on the Gold Coast was terminated, thereby making way for the emergence of the colonial system that developed there.

    After the abolition of the slave trade, Denmark had struggled to find ways and means to legitimate her continued stay at the Coast. At an early stage the Danes initiated a number of attempts to establish experimental plantations to cultivate export crops such as cotton, coffee and sugar. But a transition from slave trade to “legitimate” products required stability and peace, and a need for control, which the rather limited Danish presence was not able to maintain.

    Closing the Books comprises a compilation of the official reports that the last Danish Governor sent home during his term of office at the Gold Coast. The reports reflect his personal views regarding the economic and political situations there, as well as his ideas on the “civilization of Africa”.

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  • Educated: A Memoir (Paperback)

    #1 NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL, AND BOSTON GLOBE BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW • ONE OF PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA’S FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR • BILL GATES’S HOLIDAY READING LIST • FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE’S AWARD IN AUTOBIOGRAPHY • FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE’S JOHN LEONARD PRIZE FOR BEST FIRST BOOK • FINALIST FOR THE PEN/JEAN STEIN BOOK AWARD

    NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post O: The Oprah MagazineTime • NPR • Good Morning America San Francisco ChronicleThe Guardian The Economist Financial TimesNewsdayNew York PosttheSkimmRefinery29BloombergSelfReal Simple Town & CountryBustlePastePublishers WeeklyLibrary JournalLibraryReadsBookRiot • Pamela Paul, KQED • New York Public Library

    An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University

    Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.

    Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty and of the grief that comes with severing the closest of ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one’s life through new eyes and the will to change it.

    “Beautiful and propulsive . . . Despite the singularity of [Tara Westover’s] childhood, the questions her book poses are universal: How much of ourselves should we give to those we love? And how much must we betray them to grow up?”—Vogue

    “Westover has somehow managed not only to capture her unsurpassably exceptional upbringing, but to make her current situation seem not so exceptional at all, and resonant for many others.”—The New York Times Book Review

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  • African Visionaries

    In over forty portraits, African writers present extraordinary people from their continent: portraits of the women and men whom they admire, people who have changed and enriched life in Africa. The portraits include inventor, founders of universities, resistance fighters, musicians, environmental activists or writers. African Visionaries is a multi-faceted book, seen through African eyes, on the most impactful people of Africa.

    Some of the writers contributing to the collection are: Helon Habila, Virginia Phiri, Ellen Banda-Aaku, Véronique Tadjo, Tendai Huchu, Solomon Tsehaye, Patrice Nganang and Sami Tchak.

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  • Inspirational Stories of Some Distinguished Ghanaian Captains of Industry

    This book is about the life stories of fifteen (15) Distinguished Ghanaian Captains of Industry who started life from very humble and challenging circumstances but with determination and perseverance have turned their rather sad stories of starting life as truck pushers, street boys and girls, head potters, orphans, trotro mates and many others around. They are now contributing meaningfully to society and national development. Life gave them lemon but they decided to make lemonade out of their bitter experiences.

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  • Leadership: Lessons from the Presidents for Turbulent Times

    New York Times Bestseller

    From a lifetime of study and inside knowledge: what the great American presidents reveal about leadership.

    In this culmination of five decades of acclaimed studies in presidential history, Doris Kearns Goodwin offers an illuminating exploration of the origin, uncertain growth, and exercise of fully developed leadership.
    Are leaders born or made? Where does ambition come from? How does adversity affect the growth of leadership? Does the leader make the times or do the times make the leader?

    In Leadership Goodwin draws upon four of the presidents she has studied-Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon B. Johnson-to show how they first recognized leadership qualities within themselves, and were recognized as leaders by others. By looking back to their first entry into public life, when their paths were filled with confusion, hope, and fear, we can share their struggles and follow their development into leaders.

    This seminal work provides a roadmap for aspiring and established leaders. In today’s polarized world, these stories of authentic leadership in times of fracture and fear take on a singular urgency.

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