504pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2017
A collection of Z Pallo Jordan's writings, spanning nearly 50 years, on the African bourgeoisie, Nkandla, Marikana, the institution of monarchy in South Africa, Agang and the Democratic Alliance, Zimbabwe, and the Secrecy Bill.
"The book is a tribute to Pallo's outstanding contribution to our struggle for freedom, to thought leadership and to standing up not only for what is right but also against that which is wrong, regardless of the consequences. It makes an important contribution to the telling of the South African story through the voice and thoughts of one of South Africa's freedom fighters - Z. Pallo Jordan, a person I have been privileged to work with and know over many decades, and who helped forge our young democracy." Gill Markus, former Governor of the S.A. Reserve Bank
"In many ways this book is strikingly apt for the current historical period. For one thing, it is being published at a time when the current phase of the historical process is astride two separate but conceptually inter-linking periods...the apartheid and the post-apartheid stages. In consequence the book gives the reader a historical continuum, surfacing Jordan's and by extension the ANC's core thinking on the apartheid struggle as well as the novel paradigms that emerged on the heels of the demise of apartheid as the country underwent the process of reconstruction development. Comrade Jordan's reflections illuminate our understanding of this historical process with the rare clarity of mind for which he is reputed." Kgalema Motlanthe
Z Pallo Jordan was born in 1942 in Kroonstad in the Free State.He was a member of the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress and served as Minister of Telecommunications and Broadcasting from 1994 to 1996, Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism from 1996 to 1999, and Minister of Arts and Culture from 2004 to 2009. He continued to serve in the National Assembly until 2014, when he retired from public life.