A Complicated War, The Harrowing of Mozambique

A Complicated War, The Harrowing of Mozambique by William Finnegan (1993)
An eyewitness historical, political and social account of Mozambique and the civil war that has ravaged the country, organized as a travelogue of sorts — and centered around the author’s own travels and interviews. Finnegan, a staff writer for the New Yorker, risked his own life as he traveled through the war-torn country, seeking first-hand accounts from the refugees whose families have been murdered by the Mozambique National Resistance. Portions of this book originally appeared in the “New Yorker.”

Travels with a Tangerine

A Fish Caught in Time, The Search for the Coelacanth by Samantha Weinberg (2000)
The coelacanth (see-lo-canth) is no ordinary fish. Five feet long, with luminescent eyes and limb like fins, this bizarre creature, presumed to be extinct, was discovered in 1938 by an amateur icthyologist who recognized it from fossils dating back 400 million years. The discovery was immediately dubbed the “greatest scientific find of the century,” but the excitement that ensued was even more incredible. This is the entrancing story of that most rare and precious fish — our own great-uncle forty million times removed.