John Ghazvinian traveled through twelve African countries -- from Sudan to Congo to Angola -- talking to warlords, industry executives, bandits, activists, priests, missionaries, oil-rig workers, scientist, and ordinary people whose lives have been transformed -- not necessarily for the better -- by the riches beneath their feet in "Untapped: The Scramble for Africa's Oil." The result is a high-octane narrative that reveals the challenges, obstacles, reasons for despair, and reasons for hope emerging from the world's newest energy hot spot.
John Ghazvinian has a doctorate in history from Oxford. He has written for Newsweek, The Nation, Time out New York, and other publications. Born in Iran and raised in London and Los Angles, he currently lives in Philadelphia, where he teaches in the Critical Writing Program at the University of Pennsylvania. "Untapped By John Ghazvinian." Harcourt Publishers. April 14. $14.00. ISBN 978-0-15-603372-5.
The Re-enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II is chronicled in "Slavery by Another Name" by Douglas A Blackmon. What would be revealed if American corporations were examined through the same sharp lens of historical confrontation as were German corporations and Swiss banks that relied on Jewish slave labor and robbed victims of the Holocaust their fortunes? In 2000, Blackmon embarked on this quest after discovering an unmarked African American burial ground on land owned and operated by U.S. Steel at the height of its supremacy in American commerce. African Americans nearby confirmed that most of the cemetery's inhabitants had been inmates of the labor camp that operated for three decades on the hilltop above the graveyard. The book unearths the lost stories of slaves and their descendants who journeyed into freedom after the Emancipation Proclamation and then back into the shadow of involuntary servitude.
Douglas A. Blackmon is the Atlanta Bureau Chief of the Wall Street Journal. He has written extensively on race, the economy, and American society. "Slavery by Another Name" By Douglas A. Blackmon. Doubleday. March 25. $29.95 ISBN 978-0-385-50625-0.
Born Marguerite Johnson, Maya Angelou grew up in Stamps, Ark. with her grandmother and brother in the mid 1930s. At age 8 she became mute after she was raped by a family friend. During her six years of being silent, she filled her days with reading. Books soon became her treasures and refuge.
Marguerite changed her name to Maya Angelou; a name that has become world famous. Signifying an intellectual and spiritual icon. From bluffing her way into a job as a dancer and singer in the 1950s, to her trip to Africa with Malcolm X in the 1960s, to her poetry recitation at Bill Clinton's first presidential inauguration, her experiences are awe-inspiring. This scrapbook filled with glossy photos not only reveals her infamous achievements, but also her private moments as a mother, friend, confidante, and mentor.
Author Marcia Gillespie is a longtime friend of Angelou; Rosa Johnson Butler, is the niece and archivist of Angelou; Richard A. Long has known Dr. Angelou for more than 30 years. "A Glorious Celebration" Doubleday April 1, 2008. $30.00.. ISBN 978-0385-52615-9.