The first comprehensive biography of an exceptional and inspirational leader who changed South African history. As leading anti-apartheid activist and thinker, Biko created Black Consciousness, which has resonance to this day. His death by torture, at the hands of the police, robbed South Africa of one of its most gifted leaders. Biko's intellectual legacy cannot be overestimated.

Then a journalist, Helen Zille exposed the truth behind Biko's death. Although the rudimentary facts of his life are well known, there has not been an in-depth book on this pivotal and tragic political icon. The chapters include:

Self-respect and dignity as twin themes of Biko's thinking
Biko's childhood in Ginsberg; his father's early death and his relationship with his brother
Lovedale College, discovering politics - and expulsion
Biko's student years in Durban, his disillusion with white left politics and dalliances with women
SASO and Black Consciousness, new thinking on old problems -- moving towards radicalism
The awkward issues of gender and sexism, Biko's wife Ntsiki and his relationship with Mamphela Ramphele
Biko's impact on the student uprising of June 1976
Dissension in the ranks
The King William's Town years: Starting a health project and defiance. Biko's death.
After Biko - his impact and the problems in current South African politics.