312pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2018
Follows the careers of Henry Sylvester Williams, Alfred Mangena, Richard Msimang, Pixley ka Isaka Seme, Ngcubu Poswayo and Geroge Montsioa.
"An enthralling account of the first black lawyers and their battles to find a just, liberal order for all people in South Africa. I cannot remember any book in recent times that broadened my understanding of white-black relations so comprehensively and incisively." Hermann Giliomee, author of The Afrikaners, biography of a people and The Last Afrikaner Leaders: a supreme test of power
"A highly impressive work of historical scholarship which speaks potently to the crisis-ridden South Africa of today." Bill Nasson, author of The War for South Africa, South Africa at War, 1939-1945, and WWI and the People of South Africa.
Tembeka Ngcukaitobi is an advocate in Johannesburg. He is a research associate at the University of Johannesburg and a research fellow at the University of the Witwatersrand.