Extraordinary author publishes new book

2015-12-08 06:00
Author John Matisonn. Photo: UNOPS

Author John Matisonn. Photo: UNOPS

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JOHN Matisonn launched his new book Advance Praise for God, Spies and Lies last week.

He began political reporting at the Rand Daily Mail in 1974, and received a prison sentence for refusing to divulge his source in a report about the South African Watergate scandal known as Muldergate.

Matisonn was also a foreign correspondent in Washington for the Rand Daily Mail and back in Johannesburg for National Public Radio.

He has been published in the New York Times, Financial Times, Washington Post and The Observer. After four years as a broadcast regulator in the Mandela administration and two as editorial director of the short-lived THISDAY newspaper, he became the United Nations’ chairperson of the electoral media commission in Afghanistan. He returned from a second tour in Afghanistan to write God, Spies and Lies in Franschhoek, and now lives in Cape Town.

Columnist Terry Bell, described the author and book.

“John Matisonn has provided us with a great example of the best in journalism - a well written, immaculately researched view of recent South African history, from both a personal and media viewpoint. It provides so many nuggets of information, so many insights and revelations that it should be the focus for debate and discussion for years to come.

“This book is also a welcome antidote to the on-going attempts to bury and to mythologise much of the past. While it will of particular interest to anyone concerned with the media, it should be a must-read for everyone interested in the current state of affairs in South Africa — and how we got to where we are.”

To find out more about the book or the author, email, johnmatisonn@iafrica.com - Supplied.

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