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Excerpt from Battlefields of Gold by Rex Gibson

Battlefields of GoldNamibiana Buchdepot has shared an extract from Battlefields of Gold by Rex Gibson. In this excerpt he introduces the concept of the book, which is based on 25 tumultuous years in the life of mining company Gold Fields. Gibson states that he wanted to give a ‘warts and all’ account.

This is the story of 25 years in the life of a gold mining company – a mere blink in history’s eye. Yet it is a period so rich in drama and incident that it is almost as if a lifetime and more has been compressed into it. It is not, however, a conventional company history. Company histories tend to sanitise the past, glossing over blips and modifying the bumps. Thanks to the decision of the people who commissioned this book, it is licensed to be a ‘warts and all’ account. I can’t guarantee that I have succeeded in that, but I can guarantee that I have tried.

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