When Benjamin Pogrund, one of South Africa’s most distinguished journalists, first began his career as a young reporter in the 1950s, “There had been little reason at that stage to believe that anything revolutionary was about to start.” As the “African affairs reporter,” and then deputy editor, it was Pogrund who first brought the words of black leaders like Robert Sobukwe and Nelson Mandela to the pages of South Africa’s leading newspaper, the Rand Daily Mail. This was the period of apartheid in South Africa and for most of the next thirty years, the Rand Daily Mail was the country’s liberal white voice against the tyranny of the Afrikaner Nationalist government. A riveting memoir and a complex commentary on apartheid and freedom of the press, War of Words offers an insider’s perspective on one of the most turbulent, and arguably one of the most significant, periods in modern history.
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Published by Seven Stories Press Mar 07, 2000| 384 Pages| 6 x 9| ISBN 9781888363715