My enjoyment of David Lamb's The Arabs was so great that I knew I would have to read this book once I had a good reason to focus in on Africa. An upcoming trip to South Africa provided the impetus to get the Kindle version and start self-educating. Lamb fully admits his American biases and frames of reference, but he hardly needed to call himself biased; I found him to be about as objective as any person of any nationality could be. He packs a lot of topics and stories into the book without ever relying too much on numbers or personal encounters. I admire the way he holistically integrates statistics, general observations, and specific experiences.
Recommended for someone who wants to know about the Africa of the twentieth century, though sadly not updated with events of the nineties or beyond.