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The opportunist: The political life of Oswald Pirow, 1915–1959

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Oswald Pirow (1890–1959) served as Minister of Defence under Hertzog. He was pivotal in creating the South African Airways and prosecuted Nelson Mandela in the Treason Trial. Mouton looks at his life and explores his burning ambition to become prime minister, his ruthless ability to adjust his sails to prevailing political winds and his willingness to take risks to satisfy his political ambitions.

The author summarises:  “Pirow was an intriguing personality. He was ambitious, highly intelligent, cynical, charismatic, competent, energetic, a brilliant orator and an outstanding government minister. The political life of Pirow is the story of a gifted person who through opportunism wrecked a promising career.”




Prof. F.A. (Alex) Mouton is a Professor of History at Unisa.  He teaches modern South African history and is the author of Voorloper: Die lewe van Schalk Pienaar, Margaret Ballinger's Prophet without honour: FS Malan – Afrikaner, South African and Cape liberal and Iron in the soul: The leaders of the official parliamentary opposition in South Africa, 1910-1993.

Additional Information

Book Condition New
SKU 9781485311690
Author F.A. Mouton
Dimensions 137 x 213 mm
Format Softcover
Pages 256
Published Date 29 Oct 2020
Publisher Protea Boekhuis
Language English
Genre History
Series n/a

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