review CONVERSATIONS WITH MYSELF


Over the years there has been a steady stream of books on the life and times of the South African prisoner and politician Nelson Mandela. In this heavy book Mandela is conversing with himself. But do not forget that he is talking also with other people. During his lifetime he kept notes, not always on … Continue reading review CONVERSATIONS WITH MYSELF

review BURY THE CHAINS


This book is a long read but very worthwhile and very readable. The American writer Adam Hochschild has touched the African continent before when he wrote about the endeavours of the Belgian King Leopold II who treated a large portion of Africa as his personal backyard with gruelling results. In 2005 he published his study … Continue reading review BURY THE CHAINS

review THE FIRST BOER WAR


Recently I read a few books concerning the two (Anglo-)Boer Wars in South Africa. Some were written from a British perspective, another by a Dutch historian, a book on Paul Kruger was written by a German author. This current book has been written by an academic from the United States of America. Joseph Lehmann was … Continue reading review THE FIRST BOER WAR

review MAFEKING


This is the third book that I have read in a short time about the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902). First a book about the Boer War by Bossenbroek, next to that I read the diary of Sol T. Plaatje about the siege of Mafeking. This third book is about the very same siege of Mafeking, written … Continue reading review MAFEKING

review THE BOER WAR DIARY OF SOL T. PLAATJE


The second Boer War (or Anglo-Boer War) lasted from 1899-902 and was an important war in southern Africa. The colonial power of the British Empire was up against the tiny republics of Transvaal and Orange Free State. The Boer and the British had decided this was to be a white man’s war, but in reality … Continue reading review THE BOER WAR DIARY OF SOL T. PLAATJE

review CETTE AVEUGLANTE ABSENCE DE LUMIERE


In the North African country a coup took place in July 1971. A group of military men, officers and subalterns, attacked the Skhirat palace, where king Hassan II stays. The coup failed after many losses on both sides. Some of the subalterns were taken captive and taken into isolation and deprivation in Tazmamart. Tahar ben … Continue reading review CETTE AVEUGLANTE ABSENCE DE LUMIERE