Book Review: ‘Reader’s Digest Illustrated History of South Africa’

(This book review was originally published in the New York City Tribune on Wednesday, August 2, 1989, before the release of Nelson Mandela from prison and the legalization of anti-apartheid political groups such as the ANC, and five years before South Africa’s first multiracial, democratic elections.) RICHARD SINCERE An Outstanding Work Condemned to Obsolescence by …

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New Africa Book of the Day – 8 March 2015

Politics of Trade Negotiations Between Africa and the European Economic Community: The Weak Confronts the Strong, by I. William Zartman Release Date: March 8, 2015 Publisher: Princeton University Press How do the weak negotiate with the strong and win some benefits in spite of their lack of power? This book covers all the complex trade …

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New Africa Book of the Day – 11 February 2015

Cubans in Angola: South-South Cooperation and Transfer of Knowledge, 1976–1991, by Christine Hatzky Release Date: February 11, 2015 Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press Angola, a former Portuguese colony in southern central Africa, gained independence in 1975 and almost immediately plunged into more than two decades of conflict and crisis. Fidel Castro sent Cuban military troops …

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New Africa Book of the Day – 19 January 2015

Wings over Ogaden: The Ethiopian-Somali War, 1978-1979, by Tom Cooper Release Date: January 19, 2015 Publisher: Helion and Company With Ethiopia in disarray following a period of severe internal unrest and the spread of insurgencies in Eritrea and Tigray, Ethiopia and its armed forces should have offered little opposition to well-equipped Somali armed forces which …

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New Africa Book of the Day – 15 January 2015

Soweto Uprising, by Noor Nieftagodien Release Date: January 15, 2015 Publisher: Ohio University Press The Soweto uprising was a true turning point in South Africa’s history. Even to contemporaries, it seemed to mark the beginning of the end of apartheid. This compelling book examines both the underlying causes and the immediate factors that led to …

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