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The number of history books regarding Algiers and Algeria is quite high, and not all of them cover French Imperialism or the bloody revolutionary and civil wars of the last fifty years.  Perhaps one of the most fascinating books about North African history in general would be Cervantes In Algiers: A Captive’s Tale by Maria Antonia Garces.  In this work Garces recounts the five year imprisonment of Miguel Cervantes, author of Don Quixote, in Algiers as he served as a slave to Barbary pirates.

For books about Algeria’s Revolutionary War , try James D. Le Sueuer’s and Mouloud Feraoun’s Journal 1955-1962: Reflections on the French-Algerian Wa r, a more memoir-ish look at the grisly conflict for national independence.

Because of safety issues, Algiers and Algeria have not been very popular travel destinations of late.  As a result, standard travel guide chains such as Fodor’s and Frommer’s do not offer much in the way of Algerian knowledge.  That said, Healthy Travel Africa by Dr. Isabelle Young is put out by Lonely Planet as a toolbox for staying safe and healthy in the continents countries, and Africa on a Shoestring , another Lonely Planet product, is intended for backpackers criss-crossing countries as diverse as Algeria and Libya to the north and Angola, Namibia, and Botswana in the south.  Both these texts make for worthwhile reads for potential visitors to Algiers, despite their lack of specificity to Algeria itself.