A very very good bound in brown, textured with a Steve Biko picture on the cloth cover and stamped brightly in gold on the spine. Very clean and tight throughout, In a very good dust jacket printed in brown and black against a white background. With a drawing of Steve Biko on the front panel of the jacket, and a photo of Donald Woods featured on the rear panel a tiny tear less than 1/2 cm . A very collectible copy, this is the FIRST printing albeit that there are several other reprints. See OUR OWN copy of book and dust wrapper as well as the emboss of Biko on the book cover
Biography : Biko died on September 12, 1977 while in police custody. The official police report stated that he had died as the result of a hunger strike. But South African journalist Woods, after first seeing the body, was convinced that Biko was beaten to death. Woods had photographs of Biko’s body taken and published in his newspaper the Daily Dispatch. Woods was forced to flee for his life after he became targeted by the government for attempting to investigate Biko’s death. He fled to the United Kingdom, where he campaigned against apartheid and publicized articles about Biko.
About the author
Donald James Woods, CBE (December 15, 1933 August 19, 2001) was a white South African journalist and anti-apartheid activist. As editor of the Daily Dispatch from 1965 to 1977, he befriended Steve Biko, leader of the anti-apartheid Black Consciousness Movement, and was banned by the government soon after Biko’s death, which had been caused by serious head injuries, sustained while in police custody. The government denied giving Biko these injuries, even though police officers admitted to beating Biko to the point of nerve and brain damage.
Woods fled to London, where he continued to foster opposition to apartheid. In 1978, he became the first private citizen to address the United Nations Security Council. Soon after Biko’s death, Woods was himself placed under a five-year ban. He was stripped of his editorship, and was not allowed to speak publicly, write, travel or even work for the duration of his ban. Over the next year, he was subjected to increasing harassment, and his phone was tapped. The final straw came when his six-year-old daughter was severely burned by an acid-laced T-shirt. Convinced that the government was trying to have him killed, Woods decided to flee South Africa.(Wikipedia) First Edition with copyright of 1978