Lonely Planet has an English guidebook on Algeria. Information in it is accurate and will prepare you well for visiting Algeria. Do note however that the latest edition is 2007, and the prices stated within have since risen about 30% or more. Some of the hotels have since closed. The same reservations apply to the Bradt Travel Guide on Algeria (2008): comprehensive coverage of the basics but now showing its age, and not much coverage of the literary or historical background. More up to date is Le Petit Fute's latest L'Algerie guide (in French) published in 2010/11: it has very good town maps.

There are not many websites in English with information on Algeria - with Algeria.com being the exception. More academic information of the country can be obtained from BBC website or CIA factbook.

Some books to to check out include:

Renoir and Algeria by Roger Benjamin

  • Algeria and others taking the French Empire as their subject. Photographs, post cards, maps and drawings put his works in the context of the history of the French in Algeria

A Savage War of Peace, Algeria 1954-1962 by Alistair Horne

  • Excellent account of the War of Independence, and the political context both in Algeria and in the Fourth and Fifth Republics in France. It also serves as a poignant historical guide to Algiers, Oran and other major cities today.

North African Villages, Morocco, Algeria & Tunisia by Norman Carver

The Tuareg, People of the Ahaggar by Jeremy Keenan

The Sword and the Cross, Two Men and an Empire of Sand by Fergus Fleming

Art of Being Tuareg, Sahara Nomads in a Modern World by Thomas K. Seligman | Kristyne Loughran

The North African Stones Speak by Paul Lachlan MacKendrick

The Almoravids and the Meanings of Jihad by Ronald Messier

The Berbers by Michael Brett and Elizabeth Fentress

Malaria Dreams, An African Adventure by Stuart Stevens

  • Steven's hilarous account of a misguided, adventure-fueled odyssey across Cameroon, Chad, Niger, Mali and Algeria to the Mediterranean.

Children of the New World, A Novel of the Algerian War by Assia Djebar

Southern Frontiers, A Journey Across the Roman Empire by Don McCullin

  • Beautiful coffee table book of exquisite B & W photographs.

Women of Algiers in Their Apartment by Assia Djebar | Marjolijn De Jager

A Traveller's History of North Africa by Barnaby Rogerson

A History of the Maghrib in the Islamic Period by Jamil Abun-Nasr

Battle of Algiers by Gillo Pontecorvo

W-e Killed Darlan: Algiers 1942 by Mario Faivre, translated by Douglas Alden

  • An account of the French Resistance in Algiers under the Vichy Government in 1942 culminating in the assassination of the Governor, Admiral Darlan; full of atmosphere and descriptions of life in the city in WWII.

L'Etranger (The Outsider) by Albert Camus

La Peste (The Plague) by Albert Camus

Actuelles III Chroniques algeriennes 1939-1958 by Albert Camus