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Subjected to 22 hours of interrogation, torture and beating by South African police on September 6, 1977, Steve Biko died six days later. Donald Woods, Biko's close friend and a leading white South African newspaper editor, exposed the murder helping to ignite the black revolution. Richard Attenborough's major film drawn from this book will be released this month. 32 pages of more

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  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 32mm | 322.05g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Revised edition
  • plates
  • 0140109110
  • 9780140109115
  • 1,953,054

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Had he lived, student leader, ANC activist and founder of the Black Consciousness movement Steve Biko would today probably be president-in-waiting of South Africa; instead, in 1977 he was arrested, tortured and beaten by the South African security police, sustaining injuries from which he eventually died. This book, written in the immediate aftermath of his death by his friend Donald Woods, at the time the most widely read syndicated columnist in South Africa, is a book of dedication, a moving mixture of anger, grief and utter despair. It formed the basis of Sir Richard Attenborough's magnificent film 'Cry Freedom'. (Kirkus UK)show more

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