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Kwame Nkrumah as I Knew Him - Genoveva Marais

Janay Publishing Company, 1972, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with some light abrasion to both panels. Text complete, clean and tight.

Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “Neither a biography nor a political insight into Nkrumah’s Ghana, this book is a sincere portrait of a great man, written by the one woman close enough to see him as he really was — not the image presented to the outside world — and close enough to watch his dream for Africa unfold.

A god, demon, dictator — he was, according to Genoveva Marais, none of these things to those who knew him well, but a warm and sympathetic human being. Harshly judged for any show of strength and much-maligned on account of his weaknesses, this man was never hardened by criticism as one might expect, but was inwardly much troubled by many of the things his position and goals forced him to do.

While he was the driving force behind Ghana’s achievement of self-government, few knew of the austerity he imposed on himself in so doing — often self-driven to his physical and mental limits by work, exercise, strict diet, study and the political problems surrounding him. Above all it was his idealism coupled with a positive plan for uniting all Africa that drove him eventually beyond the limits. For he eventually became so withdrawn and preoccupied with his ideal that he lost sight of friends and political allies to the extent that mistrust became deep-rooted. He had reached that brink where his mission no longer seemed possible and both his military advisers and his politicians turned against him — even some of his friends.

It is without doubt a penetrating study of Nkrumah “the man”, pointing clearly to his strengths and weaknesses, determination to achieve unity, his use of power, his courage in the face of assassination attempts, his fears, loneliness, egotism and love for his people — but above all his never-tiring devotion to his life’s work.

Loved and hated, respected and condemned throughout the world, Nkrumah and his Ghana were for a time at the centre of the stage in world history — Africa may never again know such an inspiring era.”

Size: 8¼" x 5½". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XIV] 138 pages.

This one has already found a new owner.