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Churchill & Smuts: The Friendship

R Steyn
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Winston Churchill en Jan Smuts het kopgestamp aan die begin van die Boere-Oorlog, maar het met verloop van tyd goeie vriende geword – en vir 50 jaar vriende gebly: Churchill het gehou van sigare, kos, drank, persoonlike lyfbediendes, luukse verblyf en lang vakansies; Smuts was asketies en het amper spartaans geleef, ’n nie-roker wat min drink, vroeg opstaan en lang ente stap. Richard Steyn was redakteur van die Natal Witness, ’n Nieman-genoot aan Harvard-universiteit, hoofredakteur van The Star en is die skrywer van Jan Smuts: Unafraid of Greatness.

Softcover, 288 pages, 233 x 152 mm

Product Code: 112820

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The remarkable, and often touching, friendship between Winston Churchill and Jan Smuts is a rich study in contrasts. In youth they occupied very different worlds: Churchill, the rambunctious and thrusting young aristocrat; Smuts, the ascetic, philosophical Cape farm boy who would go on to Cambridge. Brought together first as enemies in the Anglo-Boer War, and later as allies in the First World War, the men forged a friendship which spanned the first half of the twentieth century and endured until Smutss death in 1950. Richard Steyn, author of Jan Smuts: Unafraid of Greatness, examines this close friendship through two world wars and the intervening years, drawing on a maze of archival and secondary sources including letters, telegrams and the voluminous books written about both men. This is a fascinating account of two remarkable men in war and peace: one the leader of the Empire, the other the leader of a small fractious member of that Empire who nevertheless rose to global prominence. Richard Steyn has painted a vivid picture of how Churchill and Smuts having started as enemies in the Boer War, became close confidants, friends and strong mutual admirers of each others exceptional



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