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The Companion Volume to the PBS Television Series

Wonders of the African World is an exuberant, visually stunning journey across Africa and through the history of its glorious but forgotten civilizations.

Traveling by camel, by dhow, by Land Cruiser, and on foot, the renowned scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., takes us to twelve countries in search of Africa's magnificent past,
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 16th 2001 by Knopf (first published 1999)
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Rebecca
Jan 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Wow! Great maps and photos, lots of information. I like Mr. Gates' reflections on his own feelings as an African American visiting Africa. I'm ready to read more.

2-18-2011 Just finished watching the 6-hour Public Broadcasting Service series that goes with this book. Good to see all the video footage. Great Zimbabwe may be my favorite spot.
Chau
Mar 05, 2009 rated it liked it
I'm not a big fan of Skip Gates, he offers such an orientalized vision of Africa. The narrative that he provides of his journey to these great cities reveals his limited knowledge about the very places that he professes to hold in high esteem. His discussion of the Swahili city-states is particularly narrow, as is his understanding of the significance behind Mwanamotapa's Great Zimbabwe. What I do like about the book is the photography--the images are excellent resources for lectures and are int ...more
Peter
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When Henry Louis Gates, Jr wrote the Wonders of the African World in 1999 to illustrate some of the African civilizations that were “were just as splendid, just as beautiful, just as representative of the ennobled human spirit as any on the face of this world.” I feel like part of Gates’s efforts to writing the Wonders of the African World and producing the television series of the same name, which I have seen a great deal of, that the book is a Companion book was to introduce African history to ...more
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Henry Louis Gates Jr. is a Professor of African and African-American Studies at Harvard University and Director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. He is well-known as a literary critic, an editor of literature, and a proponent of black literature and black cultural studies.
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