Inside Africa by John Gunther lands on the |> SALE <| shelves in my shop.
Hamish Hamilton, 1955, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Charts; Maps to the endpapers and blanks;
From the cover: AFRICA, the least known of all continents, four times the size of the U. S. A. , is the setting for John Gunthers mightiest feat of reporting in the only comprehensive single volume coveting the whole vast area. Packed with exotic history, colour and background information such as no one has ever before assembled, it is a unique accomplishment, a one-man encyclopaedia of the most varied and mysterious region on earth.
Starting in French Morocco and continuing through every part of the Dark Continent, reader will make astonishing discoveries for instance where the uranium-came from that went into the first atomic bombs; the reasons why witchcraft is increasing among primitive people out in the bush; the tyranny of the veil in Arab countries, and what is being done about female emancipation; the great market of Marrakesh one of the extreme sights of Africa or anywhere else in the world; places where, under colonial rule a boy of thirty, with a European staff of not more than three or four, may be in charge of a territory larger than England and Wales.
Fabulous and powerful figures parade through its pages, many of them introduced virtually for the first time to tile western world: the Bey of Tunis, who positively reeks of the Dark Ages with his private troupe of dwarfs; the King of Swaziland, who has ninety-three wives; Williamson, Tanganyikas King of Diamonds, perhaps the worlds richest man; Mr. Tubman of Liberia, where cabinet ministers have been known to steal cabbages and tommy-guns may salute guests of honour; and countless others besides.
Matched with his famous eye tor the colourful and significant is Mr. Gunthers fair-mindedness, his sympathy, towards people of all kinds, his appreciation of complex problems. He discusses such questions as the survival of the white man in Africa, the differences between British, French and Belgian colonial systems, the infiltration of communism. Men such as Strijdom, Nasscr, Nkrumah, Haile Selassie, Kenyatta, and innumerable other leaders are presented, together with the forces that shaped them for good or evil. He has never written a more solid, carefully proportioned, penetrating book, nor one that exerts such a hold on the reader.
Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper has tape offset to the flaps, a little edgewear but pleasant overall. Previous owners’ inscription to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight.
Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 960 pages. Index. 8½” x 5½”.
This book will be eventually reach my delightful website…(added to my Travel Africa category.) but get 60% off buying from this very blog blog… Buy it now for just £2.60 + P&P! Of course, if you don’t like this one there are plenty more available here!