Includes narrative histories that provide a chronological examination of the political, cultural, philosophical, social, and religious continuities in each nation's long rich history.
*Includes pictures *Includes contemporary accounts of the Nigerian civil war *Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading *Includes a table of contents “[A] cardinal principle of British colonial policy [is] that the interests of a large native population shall not be subject to the will… of a small minority of educated and Europeanized natives.” – Lord Frederick Lugard Nigeria was the creation of a British businessman by the name of Sir George Taubman Goldie. The gifted son of a substantial Manx military officer and politician, Goldie was educated at the prestigious Royal Military Academy at Woolwich, after which he served briefly in the army before embarking on a journey of adventure to West Africa. The year was 1877, and the West African coast was sub-divided into the spheres of influence of various European trading concerns, and while some exploration of the interior had taken place, the European rush to claim the region had yet to begin in earnest. Nigeria was an unpopular destination for European settlement, thanks to its punishing climate and proliferation of tropical disease, so it saw very little direct European influence. Europeans were posted to Nigeria or sought employment purely to satisfy the needs of administration, and, of course, the various Christian missionary organizations were led largely by whites. Christian missions, incidentally, succeeded spectacularly in the spreading of Christianity across the animist south, but they made absolutely no inroads in the Muslim north. Nigeria was among the first African colonies to be groomed for independence, and upon its success as a free nation, Britain staked a great deal. The process was lengthy, bearing in mind both the intricate ethnic tapestry of the region and the relatively complex systems of government, involving a number of different permutations in the 15 years between the end of World War II and 1960, when independence was finally granted. During this period, the realization began to dawn that the original 1914 amalgamation of the northern and southern protectorates of Nigeria might have been a strategic blunder, inasmuch as an attempt had been made to forge a single territory out of two radically different and mutually antagonistic blocs. It was, of course, too late by then to try and alter the political map of Nigeria, but perhaps the creation of two territories, rather than one, would have ultimately served the region better. On October 1, 1960, the new nation of Nigeria took its place on the world stage, and it was welcomed into the United Nations and the British Commonwealth. Riding a wave of official optimism, with its deep ethnic fissures for the time being hidden, Nigeria was hailed as a signature success in British decolonization. It would soon prove to be anything but a success. Biafra: The History and Legacy of the Secessionist Republic of Biafra during the Nigerian Civil War chronicles the story of Nigeria, its civil war, and the controversial secession of Biafra. Along with pictures and a bibliography, you will learn about Biafra like never before.
Ethan "Hutch" Hutchinson hasn't seen his old college pals for nearly a decade. Now fate has brought them together again as one of the gang is put on trial for a brutal, sense murder.
The Chicago police and prosecutor think they have their perp, but Hutch isn't about to sit silently in a courtroom as someone he cares about is wrongfully convicted. When Hutch and his friends join forces to search for the real killer, what they find shatters every notion they have about friendship, loss and redemption... and may very well cost Hutch--and the woman he loves--their lives.
From the award-winning author of The Second Time Around, The Beaumont Series, comes a full-length novella about love, family and making every second count.... Brenna and Jabarie Beaumont have been happily married for nine years. She loves her husband and their five children, but between managing a bookstore and her family, Brenna is starting to feel overwhelmed. Determined not to be anything like her estranged mother, she feels forced to make a choice between the business she loves and quality time with their children. Jabarie had no idea Brenna was feeling overburdened. As CEO of the Beaumont Corporations, he’s been busy dealing with problems of his own. The hotel has been hit with economic hardship and has little choice but to lay off ten percent of its staff. But in Sheraton Beach everyone is family, and the Beaumonts are determined to find another way. With everything going on, Jabarie thinks what he and Brenna need is a weekend away from the stresses of work and family, wrapped in each other's arms, while making some serious decisions about the future. Unfortunately pulling Brenna away from the kids for an insatiable weekend is easier said than done.
But Jabarie is willing to use any means necessary to convince her. Unfortunately, getting away complicates matters in more ways than one. Is Brenna and Jabarie’s love strong enough to overcome all the obstacles thrown their way?
From innocent child to deceptive addict, "From Judas to Me" shares the true story of a young boy with big dreams and even bigger secrets. He takes a tragic rollercoaster ride through death, drugs, and alcoholism, but eventually finds his way to healing, forgiveness, and a new life. As a boy, Anthony Sparzo led a simple, content existence, filled with dreams of baseball and the support of a strong family-until tragedy struck one day and changed Anthony's life forever. Haunted by a family secret, he shares how he turned to drugs and alcohol in hopes of escaping the truth about his identity. As he moves from teenage father to teenage alcoholic and from jail to the streets, his search for happiness is finally fulfilled-or so he thinks. Just when it seems that Anthony has escaped his past, he realizes he must stop running and face the truth in order to save both himself and those around him. In his compelling memoir, Anthony Sparzo provides unforgettable insight into not only what propels a young man into a life of addiction, but also what can help him emerge from the darkness of dependence in order to realize true joy and inner peace.
The Story of My Life, first published in 1903, is Helen Keller's autobiography detailing her early life, especially her experiences with Anne Sullivan.
Fireballs in the night, and multiple victims of what appears to be a mob hit? In a sleepy Ozark town like Blue Creek? Rural deputy Richard Carter has seen his share of mayhem, but nothing like this. As he, his cynical partner Ron Guidry, and new deputy Cicely “Kit” Kittredge dig into what at first appears to be insurance fraud, they uncover something “unholy” near a small creek called Devil’s Run. While they search for a motive, sadistic murder burns its way through Hawthorn County, eliminating their suspects. Devil’s Run is a stand-alone Mystery/Suspense novel (#12) in the Richard Carter series.