African Assignment

Publisher Hodder & Stoughton
Year 1953
Edition 1st
Pages 291
Binding Hardcover
Condition Near Fine
$194.95

Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1953. FIRST EDITION, first printing (with errata slip enclosed) Hand inscribed to the founder of BBC . . . "To Lord Reith, With Best Wishes, Francis De Guisngsand." A very personal book about Africa, past, present and future. Excellent condition, dark blue covers, original dust jacket in protective cover with small hole, all pages firmly attached and in very good condition. Fantastic never before seen photographs of the "dark continent", frontispiece, numerous maps including endpapers. Spectactular collectible book with extremely scarce original dust jacket unclipped and now in protective Mylar cover. Author served in The King's African Rifles beginning in 1925 in Nyasaland. In this work he relates much about the history of the King's African Rifles and some of the colorful characters who comprised its ranks, his experiences in the K.A.R. (Kings African Rifles) during a period of intense colonial development, and also some of his adventures as a hunter. After World War II, he returned to Africa to take up a business appointment and made his home in the Union. His experience and love of Africa forms the background for the final section of the book - an 'appreciation of the situation' in respect of Africa's future. About the Lord Reith: John Charles Walsham Reith, 1st Baron Reith (July 20, 1889 - June 16, 1971), later Sir John Reith (1927-), then Baron Reith (1940-) established the British tradition of independent public service broadcasting. Born at Stonehaven in Scotland, Reith received his education at Glasgow Academy and at Gresham's School, Holt. He became an engineer and then on December 14, 1922 the General Manager (later Director-General from January 1, 1927 to June 30, 1938) of the infant BBC. He expounded firm principles of centralized, all-encompassing radio broadcasting, stressing programming standards and moral tone. To this day, the BBC claims to follow the Reithian directive to "inform, educate and entertain". The first regular television broadcasts (November 1936 to September 1939) started under Reith's stewardship. After leaving the BBC in 1938, he became chairman of Imperial Airways. In 1940 Reith was appointed Minister of Information in the government of Neville Chamberlain. So as to perform his full duties he became a Member of Parliament for Southampton. When Chamberlain fell and Churchill became Prime Minister his long running feud with Reith led to the latter being moved to the Ministry of Transport. He was subsequently moved to become First Commissioner of Works, which he held for the next two years, through two restructurings of the job, and was also transferred to the House of Lords. Some people say this man is odd in many respects. Own a one-of-a-kind piece of history. An nice addition to anyones collection! With a great inscription! 291 pages.