Saul David

Out of the Turmoil

Diamonds, Gold and War: The Making of South Africa

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So action-packed are the four decades that shaped modern South Africa – from the discovery of the main diamond field in Griqualand in 1871 to the formation of the Union in 1910 – that it is a mystery this book was not written earlier. Perhaps it is just as well, because Martin Meredith, the author of a widely praised history of post-colonial Africa, is the ideal guide through this complex, but never less than compelling tale of intrigue, conflict and betrayal.

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