"Northrup's highly accessible book breaks through the most common barriers that readers encounter in studying African history. Each chapter takes on a common myth about Africa and explains both the sources of the myth and the research that debunks it. These provocative chapters will promote lively discussions among readers while deepening their understanding of African and world history. The book is strengthened by its incorporation of actors and issues representing the African diaspora and African Americans in particular." -Rebecca Shumway, College of Charleston
David Northrup is Emeritus Professor of History, Boston College, and recipient of the 2017 World History Association's Pioneers in World History Award.