THE GUERRILLA AND THE JOURNALIST, exploring the murderous legacy of Jonas Savimbi

: Bridgland (F.)

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297pp., illus., maps, paperback, Johannesburg, 2022


In 1986 Fred Bridgland wrote a sympathetic biography of Savimbi, Jonas Savimbi, a key to Africa. This book is based on new evidence that has come to light since that time.

Tito Chingunji, the young foreign secretary of Savimbi’s UNITA movement, who asked Bridgland to write the original biography, also helped him write this account.

British foreign correspondent Fred Bridgland reported on the Angolan civil war and the Border War for Reuters in the 1970s and for The Sunday Telegraph and The Scotsman in the 1980s and 1990s. HIs books include Cuito Cuanavale: 12 months of war that transformed a continent (2017) and Truth, Lies and Alibis: A Winnie Mandela story (2018) and Katiza's Journey, beneath the surface of South Africa's shame (1997).