A Man of Africa: The Political Thought of Harry Oppenheimer

A Man of Africa: The Political Thought of Harry Oppenheimer

The head of a business empire, Harry Oppenheimer played an influential role in twentieth century South Africa, a role that is celebrated by some and condemned by others. This book investigates Oppenheimer’s political thinking, drawing from his speeches over the years. It looks at his views on liberalism, apartheid, socialism, sanctions, trade unions, education, geopolitics, the press and the legacy of Cecil John Rhodes.

Detailed Information

  • Title: A Man of Africa: The Political Thought of Harry Oppenheimer
  • Editor: Kalim Rajab
  • Publisher: Penguin Random House
  • Country of Origin: South Africa
  • Publication Year: 2017
  • ISBN: 9781776092116
  • Bib. Info: Soft cover; 256pp

The head of a business empire, Harry Oppenheimer played an influential role in twentieth century South Africa, a role that is celebrated by some and condemned by others. This book investigates Oppenheimer’s political thinking, drawing from his speeches over the years. It looks at his views on liberalism, apartheid, socialism, sanctions, trade unions, education, geopolitics, the press and the legacy of Cecil John Rhodes.

Each topic is explored via extracts from Oppenheimer’s speeches, and is followed by an assessment by prominent South Africans such as Clem Sunter, Kgalema Motlanthe, Albie Sachs, Denis Beckett, Bobby Godsell, Jonathan Jansen and Xolela Mangcu.

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