New York: Not published, 1956. First Edition. Unbound. Octavo (8vo). Very good+ condition. Item #017094
One page letter on Gunther's New York City letterhead, dated January 28, 1956. Signed in red pencil "John Gunther." Folded into fourths for mailing, and framed with minor adhesive staining to the top edge. Written immediately following the release of "Inside Africa" in 1955, the letter reads "Dear Mr. Safdy: I wish I had more time to give to this 'written' interview, but at the moment I am snowed under with work. To take your first two questions together -- what is and what can be done about discrimination in Africa -- I would say that the only answer is to move slowly but steadily toward a lifting of all discrimination. In the countries of West Africa where this process is being followed, there is far less discrimination than in East Africa which is not moving so steadily toward the lifting of the color bar. As to what a country can do to help, and specifically what America can do -- I would say, end discrimination at home and bring the pressure of example to bear on the problem abroad. These are of course terribly over-simplified answers, but honestly they are all I can manage at the moment. Yours sincerely, [signed] John Gunther.