‘Luthuli has long needed a serious biographer, consigned as he was to a homogenised nationalist pantheon. Couper has unearthed contemporary records to strip out the tendentious mythology and reconstruct Luthuli as a distinctive and assertive personality, a moral heavyweight, at odds with his movement and his times.’
– Tom Lodge, Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Limerick, Ireland
Much public historical mythology asserts that Chief Albert Luthuli, former President of the African National Congress (ANC), launched the armed struggle upon his return to South Africa after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. This misinterpretation sparks what is arguably one of the most relevant and controversial historical debates in South Africa.