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The Panaf Books Great Lives Series presents autobiographies and biographies of distinguished individuals such as Kwame Nkrumah, Sékou Touré, Frantz Fanon, Patrice Lumumba, and Sam Nujoma among others.

The Great Lives series provides a critical assessment of the life and work of revolutionaries who have made a significant contribution to the continuing process of world revolution, and in particular to the African Revolution. Each book in the series is written by an author with expert, often first-hand knowledge of his subject, and who is (or was) actively engaged in the revolutionary struggle.

by June Milne

Very few statesmen have attempted or achieved so much as Kwame Nkrumah, a leading activist and theoretician of PanAfricanism. His work lives on and continues to inspire Africans, people of African descent and progressive movements worldwide.

In this new biography, June Milne traces the life and work of Kwame Nkrumah from his birth in Nkroful in the western province of the Gold Coast (Ghana) to his death in Bucharest, Romania on 27 April, 1972. The book contains much new material, notably relating to years Nkrumah spent in Conakry, Guinea after the military coup in Accra on 24 February, 1966 which ended his government in Ghana. It adds to information in the author's book Kwame Nkrumah, The Conakry Years, published in 1990.

For the first time in a biography of Nkrumah, information is provided about all the books written by him. The circumstances in which they were written are explained, their contents examined, appraisal made of their significance and continuing impact on political developments in Africa and the Diaspora.

This is an authentic moving account of the life and work of "The Greatest African" (the words inscribed on his coffin in Guinea), by an author well qualified to write about him.

June Milne. First published 1999. Reprinted 2000; pp. 299 + xiv
978-0-901787-56-9 [HB] £ 28




Where Others Wavered ~ The Autobiography of SAM NUJOMA

Political determination, diplomatic endeavour, and military perseverance ~ all focused with singular vision and unwavering constancy on Namibia's goal of nationhood ~ have been the hallmarks of the life and career of Sam Nujoma. From a traditional boyhood, to a player on the international political stage, to the Presidency of his country, SAM NUJOMA tells his life story. It is at once unique and representative of the lives of men and women engaged with him in their battle for freedom from the last vestiges of Western colonialism in 20th century Africa. Where Others Wavered, The Autobiography of Sam Nujoma is a genuine adventure in contemporary history, relating the story of SWAPO, Nujoma and the people of Namibia in their long struggle for the Independence of Namibia.

1 Background and Early Years
2 Walvis Bay and Windhoek
3 The Formation of the Ovamboland People's Organization (OPO)
4 Political Confrontation: the Popular Windhoek Uprising
5 Escape from South West Africa
6 Ghana and the United Nations
7 The Establishment of the SWAPO Office in Dar-es-Salaam
8 Preparation for Armed Liberation Struggle
9 Sixteen Hours in Windhoek
10 The Hague Court ~ A 'Mockery of Justice'
11 From Caprivi to Omugulu-gOmbashe
12 The Struggle Intensifies on All Fronts
13 Workers' Struggle and Diplomatic Advance
14 Worldwide Recognition
15 Waldheim Initiatives
16 Collapse of The Portuguese Empire in Africa

17 SWAPO ~ Home and Exile
18 Resolution 385 and the Kissinger 'Shuttle'
19 The Western Contact Group
20 US Policy towards Namibia in the 1970s and 1980s
21 Geneva and the Reagan Years
22 At the Height of the War, 1980~1985
23 From Strength to Strength, 1985~1989
24 In Sight of Victory
25 Final Days of the Struggle for Independence
26 Return to Windhoek, Independence and a New Beginning

Appendices, including: Inaugural Speech, 21 March 1990; Resolutions of the UN Security Council on South West Africa/Namibia, 1976~89, and Index

Sam Nujoma. First published 2001. 496pp; including more than 100 photographs
978-0-901787-57-6 (HB) £28; 978-0-901787-58-3 (PB) £18


This book considers the first years of the Congo Republic following independence in 1960. Particular analysis is made of Lumumba's policies and of western pressures in this crucial experience of the African Revolution.

The story of Lumumba underlines the correctness of Nkrumah's PanAfrican thesis.

First published 1973. Reprinted 2002.
978-0-901787-31-6 (P/b); 224pp, 4pp photographs £13


Required reading for all interested in the Algerian Revolution, and in Fanon's brief but highly productive contribution. A close study is made of the relationship between Fanon's ideological development and the content and impact of his political philosophy.

First published 1973. Reprinted 1975, 2001.
978-0-901787-30-9 (P/b), 200pp £13;

SÉKOU TOURÉ by June Milne

This book traces the background of French colonialism, and examines political, economic and social developments in Guinea since the famous "NO" vote in the 1958 de Gaulle referendum on the French Community. The leadership of Sékou Touré and the role and achievements of the Democratic Party of Guinea (PDG), one of Africa's first mass parties, is analyzed and assessed.

June Milne. First published 1978.
978-0-901787-43-9 (P/b) £13; pp. 208


This book covers the people's struggle leading to the victory of FRELIMO and independence of Mozambique in 1975. It contains the history of FRELIMO from its foundation, problems of national liberation movements, guerrilla struggle, and contested zones.

First published 1972.
978-0-901787-24-8 (P/b) £13; pp. 176

Iain Christie. First published ===.
978-0-901787-51-4 [HB] £21; 978-0-901787-52-1 (Pb) £13