The Book of Happiness: Africa (Paperback)


By Joseph Peter, Nelson Mandela (Foreword by), Ndaba Mandela (Foreword by)

Spiegel & Grau, 9781400069613, 128pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 2013



Discover the book that puts a face on happiness

In 2009, photographer Joseph Peter traveled through fifty African nations in seventy-five days and shot 150,000 images—mostly portraits of joyous, proud, glorious faces. He photographed presidents and heads of state, soldiers and workers, and children of all ages. He captured their smiles, their laughter, their humanity.

He captured their happiness.

First collected in a special handmade leather-bound edition, Joseph Peter’s “book of happiness” was originally presented to Nelson Mandela as a heartfelt personal gift. Now, with this stunning paperbound edition, you can experience for yourself the joyful spirit of a place and its people—a dazzling and optimistic vision of Africa that is as simple, beautiful, and universal as a child’s smile.

About the Author

Joseph Peter is a former professional soccer player, a tech entrepreneur, and an artist-photographer. He is also a member of the SanDisk Extreme Team, a group of emerging photographers sponsored by the tech company for their uncompromising work and vision. He lives in New York City.