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Pik Botha and His Times (Paperback) (Theresa Papenfus)

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This biography reads like a novel: exciting, moving and humorous. It is the story of an inspiring politician who wrote verses on the back of cigarette boxes, a minister with the finesse of a battering ram, a peacemaker, and ambassador who never had to take "No" for an answer, and a man who was happiest when sitting next to a campfire in the bush. And it is far more.

Theresa Papenfus depicts Botha against the broader political and social background of his time. This work is also an account of a tempestuous period in South African history. New facts are revealed on events such as the aviation disaster in which samora Machel was killed. The research covers a formidable range of sources, including personal interviews and correspondence with authoritative and prominent South African and international figures. And then there are Pik Botha's verses, personal documents and the numerous interviews he granted.

Valuable. Thorough. Absorbing. ' Jeanette Ferreira, literary critic, editor and writer...." An authoritative source of information ... that could never be ignored ... direct, with no mincing of words or empty praise ... a work that attests to intensive research and broad knowledge, sensitive but without sentimentality or obfuscation.' Marinus Wiechers, Professor Emeritus of Constitutional , International and Indigenous Law and former principal, Unisa. ...' "History owes her a favor for writing this book. I enjoyed it immensely.' Peter Sullivan, former editor of The Star and Group Editor-in-Chief, Independent Newspapers, South Africa.


"Even in the broader literature, no book exists that covers these events together in one volume and certainly not with anything approaching the depth and first-hand insight that Papenfus marshals. Pik Botha and his times is precisely the sort of book any writer on Southern African political history will want to have to hand for reference purposes if nothing else." -- Jamie Miler, University of Cambridge

"… a page-turner … certainly one of the most fascinating biographies written by a South African writer concerning a South African politician and can be highly recommended." -The Star, Pretoria News review by Cyrus Smith.

"Anyone who has an interest in the history of the National Party and apartheid and in South African history from the second half of the previous century to the early years of the present one, and who has a liking for biographies, should get to grips with this extensive work. This is undoubtedly an authoritative source of information, worthy of a place of honour among the ranks of the good biographies; it is also a valuable addition to South African historiography." -- Koers
Number of Pages: 1029
Genre: Biography + Autobiography, History, Political Science
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Casemate Pub & Book Dist Llc
Author: Theresa Papenfus
Language: English
Street Date: July 27, 2016
TCIN: 51715354
UPC: 9781920188344
Item Number (DPCI): 248-29-2216
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