In creating THE list I have borrowed HEAVILY (thanks FAOWeb, AFRICOM and your contributors--COL C among them) from other lists that I have come across and also relied heavily on my own research. I have not read all of these books (the ones I have read are noted with a *) but will link them to my reviews once I do read them.
If you have suggestions please comment and I will add them. If you have a review that you've written that you'd like me to link to I will do so happily. Comments on books that are not emboldened and italicized are not my own.
Finally, Foreign Affairs magazine has some good topical reading lists here.
Finally, you're using the Kindle app right--it's free and its great to use on your laptop as well!
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.
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.
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.
Experimental Nations: Or, the Invention of the Maghreb by Réda Bensmaïa
Travels with a Tangerine by Tim Mackintosh-Smith. This is a book about Moroccan traveler Ibn Battutah's 29-year pilgrimage from his native Tangiers to Mecca.
Women of Marrakech: Record of a Secret Sharer 1930-1970 by Leonora Peets, 1988.
*Anthills of the Savannah by Chinua Achebe. The rural comes to the city. My notes/summary are here.
*No Longer at Ease by Chinua Achebe. My notes/summary for it are here.
Short version: Mo Money, Mo Problems.
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.