Books by Martin Meredith

Martin Meredith has spent much of his life writing about Africa: first as a foreign correspondent for the London Observer and Sunday Times, then as a research fellow at St. Antony's College, Oxford, and now as an independent author and commentator. He is

Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"A useful study, though less interesting than John Reader's Africa: A Biography of the Continent (1998)."
Broad-ranging history of Africa from the age of the pharaohs to the present, with a solid emphasis on economics. Read full book review >
Released: May 10, 2011

"The author does a superb job of describing the nuts-and-bolts of field research, the meaning of the often headline-producing findings and the ever-changing variety of species who split off from the common ancestors of chimpanzees and hominids."
An appealing account of human evolution and the fiercely competitive anthropologists who are unearthing our ancestors' remains and arguing over what they mean. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"No stone is left unturned in this dynamic analysis of an intriguing period in African history."
The unruly formation of South Africa, set to a backdrop of war over the country's invaluable resources. Read full book review >
Released: July 5, 2005

"Sharp-edged, politically astute and pessimistic: a good complement to John Reader's Africa: A Biography of the Continent (1999)."
Africa has been largely free for half a century, and the resources many of its nations contain are ever more precious. Yet, writes long-time Africa observer Meredith (Elephant Destiny: Biography of an Endangered Species in Africa, 2003, etc.), "Africa's prospects are bleaker than ever before." Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2003

"Serviceable, though nothing new. (8 pages b&w photos, 32 illustrations)"
A compilation of thoughts, facts, and literature on the African elephant, from a former journalist and scholar who has written extensively about the continent. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"A timely, persuasive primer on how best to punish, and perhaps prevent, gross violations of human rights. (8 pages b&w photos)"
A judicious appraisal of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Read full book review >
NELSON MANDELA by Martin Meredith
Released: Feb. 23, 1998

"Not only a moving record of a man whose courage and conviction was so splendidly vindicated by events, but an exemplary work of biography: instructive, illuminating, as well as felicitously written. (b&w illustrations)"
A new, comprehensive biography of South Africa's leader achieves that rare distinction of making both the man and his times come vibrantly alive in a work that is notably incisive and perceptive. Read full book review >