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Gunther for the information that “when an elephant charges, he does not hold his trunk out and aloft, but carefully curls it up and tucks it against his chest; the trunk is delicate and too valuable to risk in combat. In 1942, as a Staff Officer in G2, he was assigned to the section covering the campaign in North Africa, and after the successful termination of that operation he teas sent to Dakar as our Military Observer in French West Africa. His analysis of the blighted Organization of African Unity provides an excellent rejoinder to the overblown rhetoric that shrouds that particular hodgepodge of nations. From the Sahara in the north, the rainforests of the Congo Basin in Central Africa, the Ethiopian highlands and other mountain ranges, the various rivers and lakes and the savanna of east and southern Africa. Gunther’s reporting without following in his footsteps — which God forbid — it is satisfactory to me to testify to his thoroughly comprehensive treatment of Liberia and his proper, if uninspired, account of French West Africa.
The long section on South Africa is bogged down in politics and race, and individual biographies of prominent people, and for 30 or so pages my attention waned. Please also list any non-financial associations or interests (personal, professional, political, institutional, religious or other) that a reasonable reader would want to know about in relation to the submitted work. Basutoland, at the time a High Commission Territory and British protectorate, now Lesotho which concentrated mostly on ritual murders. Of course he does differentiate carefully between the degrees of advancement of indigenous populations, and I think that on the whole his comments and conclusions are eminently fair.There is only so much justice nine-hundred pages can do, but it certainly beats Inside Asia, which while not a bad book certainly feels lightweight considering the subject. He loves interviewing major figures himself, and in fact my major criticism of the book is that too many pages were spent detailing the time Gunther spent with Dr.
FWA is made up of Mauritania, Ivory Coast, Senegal, French Sudan (now Mali), French Guinea (now Guinea), Haute Volta (French Upper Volta, now Burkina Faso), Dahomey (now Benin) and Niger. From the viewpoint of a fellow correspondent, ''The Africans'' is highly readable, uncluttered by statistics and marked by many an insight for the newcomer and more seasoned hand alike. The Belgian Congo also had about another 5 years before independence was achieved for Congo and Congo Crisis began, followed by more torrid ruling as the Democratic Republic of Congo, then Zaire, then back to Congo DR.Gunther draws are still relevant today: Africa needs education, not wepons and we must not ignore Africa.
Significantly, some of the conclusions are the same: that the West must not ignore Africa, and that what the continent needs most is not guns but education. The Union contains the largest white population of any state in Africa; it is enormously wealthy, and far more advanced in material ways than any other region; but white and black meet there head on, and what the ultimate result will be, no one can say. He says of the 44 countries or political sub-divisions of the time he visited 'most, including all those important', which is good enough for me.
Dust wrapper supplied in archive acetate film protection, this preserves and prolongs the life of the paper, it is not adhered to the book or to the dust wrapper. It was, however, when the Gunthers reached the Union of South Africa that they faced the most violent and difficult interracial situation on the whole continent.
While publicly a bon vivant and modest celebrity, Gunther in his private life suffered disappointment and tragedy. There will be the typical geographic and anthropological color a reader of John Gunther is accustomed to. Sixty thousand Belgian whites cannot permanently deny political expression and civil rights to more than 12,000,000 blacks. Ethiopia is next on the list, where Haile Selassie is described with the least respect I have seen - referred to as dainty and 'exceptionally short'; although the author was granted an audience. Apartheid cannot work as its inventors hoped it would work, but the governing authorities will make no concession that might conceivably lead to a harmonious relationship between white and black.Great Britain at this point seemed to realize that colonialism was over, yet at this point they seemed to simply be trying to postpone the end indefinitely. Gunthers task was aggravated by serious eye trouble which made the taking of notes and the reading and rereading of them an ordeal. He doesn't like describing places that he hasn't visited and goes to the extent of apparently being the the first non-Portuguese to ever ask the government to visit the Fort of St.