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Biko: A Biography | Biography

Xolela Mangcu

Tafelberg

The first comprehensive biography of an exceptional and inspirational leader who changed South African history. As leading anti-apartheid activist and thinker, Biko created Black Consciousness, which has resonance to this day. His death by torture, at the hands of the police, robbed South Africa of one of its most gifted leaders. Biko’s intellectual legacy cannot be overestimated.
 
Then a journalist, Helen Zille exposed the truth behind Biko's death. Although the rudimentary facts of his life are well known, there has not been an in-depth book on this pivotal and tragic political icon. The chapters include:

The first comprehensive biography of an exceptional and inspirational leader who changed South African history. As leading anti-apartheid activist and thinker, Biko created Black Consciousness, which has resonance to this day. His death by torture, at the hands of the police, robbed South Africa of one of its most gifted leaders. Biko’s intellectual legacy cannot be overestimated.

Then a journalist, Helen Zille exposed the truth behind Biko's death. Although the rudimentary facts of his life are well known, there has not been an in-depth book on this pivotal and tragic political icon.

  Self-respect and dignity as twin themes of Biko’s thinking
  Biko’s childhood in Ginsberg; his father’s early death and his relationship with his brother 
  Lovedale College, discovering politics – and expulsion
  Biko’s student years in Durban, his disillusion with white left politics and dalliances with women
  SASO and Black Consciousness, new thinking on old problems -- moving towards radicalism
  The awkward issues of gender and sexism, Biko’s wife Ntsiki and his relationship with Mamphela Ramphele
  Biko’s impact on the student uprising of June 1976
  Dissension in the ranks
  The King William’s Town years: Starting a health project and defiance. Biko’s death.
  After Biko – his impact and the problems in current South African politics.

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Biko offers cultural counter to technocratic discourse
Kate Ellis-Cole

26/10/2012

Xolela Mangcu is nothing if not inspirational, and his book, the first in-depth biography of the legendary martyr, Steve Biko, will surely form an important part of the South African literary landscape in the near future.

From Slipnet: http://slipnet.co.za/view/event/biko-offers-cultural-counter-to-technocratic-discourse/ 

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Biko: A Biography | Biography


Author: Xolela Mangcu
Category: Biography
ISBN: 9780624054139
Date Released: 17 September 2012
Price (incl. VAT): R 199.00
Format: Soft cover, 208pp

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Xolela Mangcu


Dr Xolela Mangcu is an internationally respected analyst and commentator and often quoted in South African media. Based at the University of Cape Town, he...

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