Algeria: Rebellion and Revolution

Algeria: Rebellion and Revolution

Algeria: Rebellion and Revolution

Algeria: Rebellion and Revolution

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It has been said that to every thing there is a season and a time for every purpose. This is the time to tell you something of this book's author and the purposes to which she devoted her life.

Jay Gillespie, my sister, was a complex and paradoxical personality who touched many people in many different ways. This young woman loved deeply and hated fiercely but allowed neither to consume her. She worked hard yet knew how to play; preferred to stand alone yet was not lonely; was utterly disciplined but often seemed to care little; was beautiful but gave little thought to her beauty; had immense courage but seemed not to know fear; had a sense of time running but never considered death; was selfish but rarely for herself; demanded action now but knew how to think of tomorrow.

Her great love was for ideas, particularly the idea of freedom. Similarly, her great hate was for those ideas which denied freedom. She was an idealist par excellence and the love of her ideals, although intellectually conditioned, was a profoundly emotional thing. Above all she was a person of action, bound and determined to do what she could in furthering the aims for which she stood.

She had prepared herself well for a career of public service. As an undergraduate she did honour work in political science following which she earned her doctorate in international law and diplomacy. Her contributions included two years as a Foreign Service Officer in the United States Government, a series of magazine and newspaper articles on Africa and finally, this book. Her last trip to Africa, in the summer and autumn of 1959, was to have provided material for a . . .

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