This week heralds the paperback release of Piero Gleijeses’ Visions of Freedom: Havana, Washington, Pretoria, and the Struggle for Southern Africa, 1976-1991 from the University of North Carolina Press. Gleijeses' book analyses the final fifteen years of the Cold War, focusing on South Africa.

Read the prologue from Visions of Freedom here, courtesy of Democracy Now.
Visions of Freedom
Americans, Cubans, Soviets, and Africans fought over the future of Angola, where tens of thousands of Cuban soldiers were stationed, and also over the decolonisation of Namibia, Africa's last colony. Beyond lay the great prize: South Africa. Gleijeses uses archival sources, particularly from the United States, South Africa, and the closed Cuban archives, to provide an unprecedented international history of this important theatre of the late Cold War.

Listen to Piero Gleijeses discuss Visions of Freedom here.