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I try to update this list and repost it a few times a year.
Am I missing one of your favorites? Comment with your recommendations and I will add them.
African Military History by John Lamphear. This collection of essays on pre-colonial sub-Saharan African military history is drawn from a number of academic journals and includes some which are considered milestones in African historiographical discourse, as well as others which, while lesser known, provide remarkable insight into the unique nature of African military history. Selections were made so as to produce an introduction to the understudied field of pre-colonial African military history that will be useful to specialists and non-specialists alike. The volume also contains an introduction which presents one of the first significant reviews of pre-colonial African military historiography ever attempted.
Burton: A Biography of Sir Richard Francis Burton by Byron Farwell.
Democratic Experiments in Africa: Regime Transitions in Comparative Perspective by Bratton and van de Walle.
Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee. Recommended by Kenyan journalist and author Aidan Hartley. Be sure to read Hartley's excellent: The Zanzibar Chest
Eminent Victorian Soldiers: Seekers of Glory by Byron Farwell.
Mr. Kipling's Army by Bryron Farwell
My Traitor's Heart by Rian Malan. Recommended by Kenyan journalist and author Aidan Hartley. Be sure to read Hartley's excellent: The Zanzibar Chest
Prisoners of the Mahdi by Byron Farwell
*States and Power in Africa by Jeffrey Herbst. Will update with summary soon (11/15)
The Great War in Africa by Byron Farwell.
Warfare in Independent Africa by William Reno.
Warriors: Life and Death Among the Somalis by Gerald Hanley. Be sure to read everything else written by Hanley too. Recommended by Kenyan journalist and author Aidan Hartley. Be sure to read Hartley's excellent: The Zanzibar Chest.
Wars of Imperial Conquest by Bruce Vandevort.
Commando: A Boer Journal of the Boer War by Deneys Reitz and JC Smuts A classic.
The Rise and Fall of the Zulu Nation by Laband.
Rogue Ambassador: An African Memoir by Smith Hempstone, 1997. Kenya.
Something of Value by Robert Ruark
Rags of Glory by Stuart Cloete.
From contributor: Written by the former Prime Minister of Rhodesia, this book offers a splendid overview of the Rhodesian War, especially its latter years, albeit from the view of the minority government.