Above: A member of the Himba tribe herding goats in the Kunene region of Namibia

Reading a book about a place I’m going to visit is always enriching, but in the case ofNamibia, it’s particularly helpful. The country’s fascinating, tumultuous history is little known outside the region. And in contrast to the numerous famous books about, say, Kenya or South Africa, literature related to Namibia is relatively obscure.

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