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 – 18 January 2015

Biafra: The Nigerian Civil War 1967-1970, by Peter Baxter Release Date: January 19, 2015 Publisher: Helion and Company Nigeria was a unique concept in the formation of modern Africa. It began life as a highly lucrative if climatically challenging holding of the Royal Niger Company, a British Chartered Company under the control of Victorian capitalist …

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Book Review: ‘Politics and Government in African States, 1960-1985,’ edited by Peter Duignan & Robert H. Jackson

(This book review originally appeared in the Washington Times Magazine on Monday, August 17, 1987.  This version was published a few weeks later in the New York City Tribune, on Wednesday, September 23, 1987.) RICHARD SINCERE A Hefty But ‘Uneven’ Compendium of African Issues Politics and Government in African States, 1960-1985, eds. Peter Duignan and …

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New Africa Book of the Day – 31 December 2014

The Namibian War of Independence, 1966-1989: Diplomatic, Economic and Military Campaigns by Richard Dale Release Date: December 31, 2014 Publisher: McFarland (Kindle edition) The decolonization of Namibia was delayed from 1966 to 1989–the period of the war of independence–pitting the Namibian nationalists against the South African minority-ruled regime. This book describes the diplomatic, economic and …

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New Africa Book of the Day – 18 December 2014

South Africa’s Border War 1966-89 by Willem Steenkamp; Photographs by Al J. Venter Release Date: December 19, 2014 Publisher: Helion and Company Of all the books about South Africa’s 21-year ‘Border War’ – fought on both sides of Angola’s frontier with present-day Namibia – South Africa’s Border War has always been rated as among the …

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