Angola has been embroiled in war almost continuously since its independence in 1975. Yet despite casualties, including some two million displaced people, Western media have paid scant attention to this devastating conflict- one of apartheid South Africa's dirty secrets.
Victoria Brittain has witnessed the horror and destruction in Angola for longer than almost any other anglophone journalist. In Death of Dignity she uniquely combines a narrative of the war base on historical political analysis with first-hand accounts of many decisive events and portraits of leading personalities. The author examines the origin and course of the conflict and demonstrates how Africa's most heroic revolution was deliberately derailed and destroyed by United Sates foreign policy. Death of Dignity unveils an important and much neglected history, and one that is vital to a thorough understanding of post-colonial Africa.
"Victoria Brittain has won respect and distinction as a journalist because she has reported the world from the point of view of ordinary people, not their usefulness to power. Death of Dignity is a deeply moving, eloquent, often haunting book about a nation consigned to oblivion by the media. It is also the story of most of humnity, struggling for peace and freedom; and we are indebted to the author for her insight and personal courage." -John Pilger
"Few journalists know Angola better than Victorria Brittain. This is an excellent and timely account of conflict for which we in the West share much of the blame." -Jon Snow
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
VICTORIA BRITTAIN is the Deputy Foreign Editor of the Guargian and has been a prominent writer on Africa and the Third World for twenty years.