[GHANA. NATIONAL LIBERATION COUNCIL]
Nkrumah’s subversion in Africa : documentary evidence of Nkrumah’s interference in the affairs of other African states.
[Accra : Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, 1966]. Quarto, original maroon buckram over boards (lightly rubbed), the upper board with stamped outline map of Africa and lettering including the first part of the title and the statement :’The tragedy of Africa is wrought by those who preach brotherhood while plotting the downfall of others’; an important association copy, inscribed on the front pastedown ‘Joseph Arthur Ankrah, Chairman N.L.C., Ghana. With compliments’; the book was presented to British politician and diplomat The Rt. Hon. Malcolm Macdonald and has his ex libris label beside the inscription; pp ix, 91, with numerous b/w photographic plates recording the extensive military involvement and political influence of the Chinese Communists in the affairs of Nkrumah’s Ghana; a fine association copy.
This publication was produced as a propaganda tool by the victorious National Liberation Council in the aftermath of the violent coup d’état of February 1966 which overthrew the socialist government of Kwame Nkrumah, the first prime minister and president of Ghana who had led the Gold Coast to independence from Britain in 1957. The coup was staged by national military and police forces, with backing from the civil service and – as is now widely acknowledged – the covert support of the CIA. The conspirators, under the name National Liberation Council, were led by General Joseph Arthur Ankrah, whose military junta was to rule Ghana for the next three years. One of Ankrah’s first political actions was to restore diplomatic relations with Britain, recently broken off by Nkrumah; his presentation of this book to esteemed British diplomat Malcolm Macdonald was no doubt associated with this rapprochement.