Steven D. Gish

Steven D. Gish is a professor of history at Auburn University at Montgomery. His previous books include Alfred B. Xuma: African, American, South African and Desmond Tutu: A Biography. He has traveled widely in South Africa since the 1980s and has interviewed key figures in the anti-apartheid movement, including Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Desmond Tutu, Trevor Huddleston, and Beyers Naudé.

On the Web at: http://www.aum.edu/profiles/steven-gish

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Amy Biehl’s Last Home · A Bright Life, a Tragic Death, and a Journey of Reconciliation in South Africa
By Steven D. Gish

In 1993, American Fulbright scholar Amy Biehl was killed in a racially motivated attack after working for months to promote democracy in South Africa. Steven Gish is the first to place Amy’s story in its full historical context, presenting a gripping portrait of this remarkable young woman and the aftermath of her death across two continents.

“I knew both the author and the subject of this book from a Stanford class in African politics. As a black South African, I had considerable anti-white grievance, but Steve and Amy in their life choices laid bare the dangers of my single story, even more so when Amy died so tragically in my hometown. As race relations seem to be unraveling on both sides of the Atlantic, this impressive work of scholarship about the entangled histories of South Africa and the United States comes at an opportune time.”

Jonathan Jansen, Distinguished Professor, University of Stellenbosch