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Asking for Trouble: The Autobiography of a Banned Journalist
Asking for Trouble: The Autobiography of a Banned Journalist
By Donald Woods
Atheneum, 1981, 373 pp.

Replete with pungent anecdotes about South Africa's past and present leadership, this autobiographical account of Woods' 20-year joust with the government over the question of apartheid is lifted by the author's remarkable personal élan. Only with the death of his friend, the black leader Steve Biko, and his own banning and harassment by the police does the crusading newspaper editor, perforce, abandon his mission. His final dramatic flight from South Africa constitutes a hard judgment on his native land.