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Adamson, Joy, Peoples of Kenya. Collins/Harvill 1973.

Cook, D. (ed), Origin East Africa: A Makerere Anthology. Heinemann, 1965.

Fedders, A. & C. Salvadori, Peoples and Culture of Kenya. Transafrica, 1984.

Gulliver, Philip H., (ed.) Tradition and Transition in East Africa: Studies of the Tribal Factor in the Modern Era. Univ. of Calif Press, 1969.

Hoagland, Edward,  African Calliope. Penguin, 1978 (Reflections on Sudan.)

Kenyatta, Jomo,  Facing Mt. Kenya. Vintage, 1962. (Classic on the Kikuyu ethnic group.)

lo Lliyong, T., Popular Culture of East Africa, Longman, Kenya, 1972.

Mair, Lucy P., Primitive Government: A Study of Traditional Political Systems in Eastern Africa. Indiana Univ. Press, 1978.

Mirza, Sarah & Strobel, Margaret, (ed.)  Three Swahili Women: Life Histories from Mombasa, Kenya. Indiana Univ., 1989.

Nazer, Mende, Slave: My True Story. Public Affairs, 2003.  A very well written, but sometimes horrific account of Mende's childhood and promising future in the Nuba Mountains, capture into slavery and dehumanization, and eventual escape.

Middleton, John and E.H. Winter, Witchcraft and Sorcery in East Africa. Praeger, 1963.

Trimingham, John S. Islam in East Africa. Claredon Press, 1964.

Turnbull, Colin. Mountain People. Touchstone, 1972. (Covers indigenous culture in Northeastern Uganda.)


Barkan & Okumu. Politics and Public Policy in Kenya and Tanzania. Praeger, 1979.

Davidson, Basil, History of East and Central Africa to the Late Nineteenth Century. Doubleday, 1969.

Karugire, S.R., Political History of Uganda. Heinemann, 1980. An African historian's presentation on Ugandans history, explaining how pre-colonial political structures and the style of colonial rule lead to Uganda's post independence problems.

Lewis, David Levering, The Race to Fashoda: European Colonialism and African Resistance in the Scramble for Africa. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1987.  Excellent recitation of politics, follies and drama as the Europeans tried to claim what didn't belong to them. Recommended.

Maloba, Wunyabari O., Mau Mau and Kenya: An Analysis of a Peasant Revolt. Indian Univ., 1998.

Miller, Charles, Lunatic Express. Macmillan, 1971. (A very readable history of East Africa covering much of interest about Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania/Zanzibar.)

Moorehead, Alan, White Nile. Harper & Row, 1972.  A classic on European trials and tribulation finding the source of the White Nile and colonization of the Upper Nile and Great Lakes region.

Obama, Barack, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance. New York: Random House, 1995. 404 pp.

Odinga, Oginga, Not yet Uhuru. Heinemann, 1967. (Politician's autobiography.)

Ogot, B.A., (ed.), Zamani: A Survey of East African History. EAPH/Longman, 1974. (Excellent coverage of the ethnic diversity of the region.)

Ominde, S.H., Land and Population Movements in Kenya. Northwestern U. Pr., 1968.

Porter, Philip W., Food and Development in the Semi-Arid Zone of East Africa. Syracuse Univ. Press, 1979.

Pouwels, R. Horn & Crescent, Horn and Crescent: Cultural Change and Traditional Islam on the East African Coast, 800-1900. Cambridge U. Pr., 1987.

Salih, MA Mohamed and John Markakis, (ed.), Ethnicity and the State in Eastern Africa. Nordic African Institute, 1998.

Sebarenzi, Joseph, God Sleeps in Rwanda. Atria, 2009. The preconditions of historical genocide and pathway out of the cycle, in Rwanda, through the authors personal journey and transformation..


Asalache, K., A Calabash of Life. Longman, 1967 (Kenya; love, war and intrigue in traditional western Kenya.)

Dinesen, Isak, Out of Africa (Modern Library Series). Putnam 1937 (Kenya; the famous account of the land and people by Baroness Blixen.)

Harris, L., Swahili Poetry. 1962.

Huxley, Elspeth. The Flame Trees of Thika: Memories of an African Childhood. Penguin, 1974 (Kenya; recollections of the childhood of a European "pioneer".)

Knappert, Jan., Anthology of Swahili Love Poetry. Univ of California Pr, 1972.

lo Liyong, T.,  Eating Chiefs. Heinemann, 1970. (Uganda; stories based on the traditional myths of the Lwo people.)

Mbele, Joseph, Matengo Folktales. Buy Books on the Web, 1999.

Mbiti, John, Akamba Stories, Oxford, 1966.

Mwangi, Meja, Carcase for Hounds. Heinemann, 1974 (Kenya; the workings of Mau Mau.)

Mwangi, Meja, Kill Me Quick. Heinemann (Kenya).

Mwangi, Meja, Going Down River Road. Heinemann (Kenya).

Niapul, V.S., North of South: An African Journey. Penguin, 1978 (Vignettes from travels in East Africa.)

Njururi, N., Tales from Mount Kenya, Transafrica, 1975.

Ole Kulet, HR, Is It Possible?, Longman Kenya, 1971 (A young Maasai boy is sent away for a British education.)

Ole Kulet, HR, To Become A Man, Longman Kenya, 1972 (A Maasai boy goes through the rites of passage.)

Ole Kulet, HR, Woman of Ma, Longman Kenya, 1985 (An educated Maasai woman come to the village to teach.)

Palangyo, Peter, Dying in the Sun. Heinemann, 1968 (Tanzania)

Salih, Tayeb, The Wedding of Zein. Heinemann, 1968 (Sudan).

Salih, Tayeb,  Season of Migration to the North. Heinemann, 1969 (Sudan).

wa. Thiougo, Ngugi, Weep Not, Child. Heinemann, 1964. (Kenya; Mau Mau setting.)

wa. Thiougo, Ngugi, The River Between. Heinemann, 1965. (Kenya; Cultural conflicts, Mau Mau setting.)

wa. Thiougo, Ngugi, A Grain of Wheat. Heinemann, 1967. (Kenya)

wa. Thiougo, Ngugi, Petals of Blood. Dutton, 1978. (Kenya)


Haltenorth & Diller. Field Guide to the Larger Mammals of Africa. Collins, 1984.

Sinclair and Norton-Griffiths. Serengeti: Dynamics of an Ecosystem. Univ. of Chicago Press, 1984.

Willock, Colin, Africa's Rift Valley. Time-Life, 1975.

Williams, John George & Norman Arlott., Collins Field Guide of the Birds of East Africa. Collins, 1984.


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