Catalogue


Who's who in South African politics /
edited by Shelagh Gastrow.
edition
4th rev. ed.
imprint
London ; New York : Hans Zell Publishers, 1993.
description
xxxviii, 333 p. : ill.
ISBN
1873836066
format(s)
Book
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imprint
London ; New York : Hans Zell Publishers, 1993.
isbn
1873836066
catalogue key
509751
 
Includes bibliographical references.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1991-09:
This is the third edition of an important work, whose earlier versions were published in Johannesburg (Ravan Press, 1985 and 1987) and were not widely available in North America. This who's who consists of just over 130 brief biographies (1.5-4 pages) of the central figures in the entire spectrum of current South African political life. The cutoff date for entries in this edition was 31 July 1990. "Political life" is taken in the broadest sense and entrants therefore include clergy, government officials, journalists, military persons, and those active in political parties and organizations, social welfare organizations, and trade unions. Entries summarize the individual's background and contributions and identify clearly his/her role in the current political process. Entries also list sources ranging from published works to personal interviews and responses to questionnaires. Virtually every entry also includes a photograph. There is a brief introductory essay with an appendix listing more than 90 individuals included in the 1st and 2nd editions, but not in the 3rd. Entries appear alphabetically with no additional access. An organizational index to the entries that would allow immediate access to all entries associated with a particular political party or trade union, for example, would enhance the work's overall utility. Most academic libraries can provide readers with background information about Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, or F. W. de Klerk, but for any library with a reference need for similar information about a much larger number of South Africans currently active in shaping their country's future, this book is essential. Many libraries may also want to acquire the earlier editions, which are still in print and distributed by Ohio University Press. -D. L. Easterbrook, University of Illinois at Chicago
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