"The vast areas of North and Central Africa include the contrasting countries of Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Morocco, and Western Sahara in the north of the continent, to Chad, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, São Tomé and Príncipe, Republic of Congo, South Sudan, and Sudan in Africa's central zone. All the countries examined here, while very different in their physical nature, are blessed with strikingly beautiful landscapes, wonderous architecture, and intriguing cultures. This book provides the reader with a fascinating insight into the regions of North and Central Africa, country-by-country, examining the customs, history, politics, geography, and natural world. Each title in this series includes a map of the countries in each volume, color photos throughout, and back matter including: an index and further reading lists for books and internet resources. Key Icons appear throughout the books in this series in an effort to encourage library readers to build knowledge, gain awareness, explore possibilities and expand their viewpoints through our content rich non-fiction books. Key Icons in this series are as follows: Words to Understand are shown at the front of each chapter with definitions. These words are set in boldfaced type in that chapter, so that readers are able to reference back to the definitions--building their vocabulary and enhancing their reading comprehension. Sidebars are highlighted graphics with content rich material within that allows readers to build knowledge and broaden their perspectives by weaving together additional information to provide realistic and holistic perspectives. Text-Dependent Questions are placed at the end of each chapter. They challenge the reader's comprehension of the chapter they have just read, while sending the reader back to the text for more careful attention to the evidence presented there. "
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