Victory Or Violence - The Story Of The Awb Of South Africa Paperback – 12 Apr 2011
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Arthur Kemp charts the development of the South African Right from the founding of the National Party to the fledgling Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) and beyond. Although not strictly a biography of Terre'Blance, the book is dominated by him in the same way he dominated crowds, newspaper headlines and even the political agenda of South Africa.
The AWB's rise astonished South Africa, gaining huge support in rural areas and shocking urban liberals when they attracted full-capacity crowds at Durban City Hall and Cape Town. This support was in large part due to Terre'Blanche, who was a poet and whose poetry was studied as part of the South African school curriculum even after he became notorious. He used the poetic nature of the Afrikaans language to great effect: the AWB's opponents were shocked that even the mildly curious left his meetings thoroughly convinced.
My only criticisms of this book are that Kemp hasn't translated any of Terre'Blanche's speeches (or poetry) into English, so that the reader is left with a record of his deeds but not his words. The book also lacks an index and sources. Other than these niggling concerns I heartily recommend this book.