2013 Under The Neem Tree best non-fiction books

I am a big fan of non-fiction works, maybe it is because I live in North America. You have probably heard, somewhere, that Americans (read also Canadians) are obsessed with non-fiction particularly self-help books. Well, it’s true! We are!

How I wish Africa was this way too? It would be wonderful to have a bunch of research and books on some of the most common behaviours observed among African people. Unfortunately, Africa’s literature body works include more fiction than non-fiction works. I really hope to see more of this type of work in the future. Especially, when we know that we need to explain plenty of phenomenon in the optic that it will help develop our nations in the future. The key to changing a behaviour is to understand it first.

I thought to share with you a list of incredible non-fiction books I have read in 2013 . The reason why I love them so much is because they made me rethink a lot of assumptions or ideas I held.

One more thing, I read a lot of non-fiction books that are not related to Africa at all. So while I was at it I create a sub-list of other non-fiction books I have read in 2013 and would readily recommend.

Please note that most of these books have been discussed in this blog, I have linked back to the appropriate post in the blog.

  1. I speak of Ghana by Nana Awere Damoah
  2. Breakout Nations by Ruchir Sharma (coming up)
  3. Poor Economics by Esther Duflo and Abhejhit Barnajee
  4. There was a country by Chinua Achebe (coming up)
  5. Le sanglot de l’homme noir (The black man’s sob) by Alain Mabanckou
  6. L’Afrique dans la politique étrangére Indienne By Alioune Ndiaye  (The New ambitions of New-Delhi towards Africa)

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If you are a fan of Malcolm Gladwell, I highly recommend:

  1. What a dog saw and other adventures by Malcolm Gladwell


If you are in Finance/Business, I highly recommend:

  1. Hot Commodities by Jim Rogers
  2. Trusted Advisors By Charles Green and Al.
  3. Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

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What is your favourite non-fiction read so far in 2013?


  1. Great list! I’ve recently enjoyed The Devil in the Grove by Gilbert King, about a lynching case in the U.S. South in which Thurgood Marshall participated. It’s inspired me to include more non-fiction in my reading, thanks for the suggestions.

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