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Bring Me My Machine Gun: The Battle for the Soul of South Africa, from Mandela to ZumaAward Winning Journalist Alec Russell Was In South Africa To Witness The Fall Of Apartheid And The Remarkable Reconciliation Of Nelson Mandela S Rule And Returned In 2007 2008 To See Mandela S Successor, Thabo Mbeki, Fritter Away The Country S Reputation South Africa Is Now Perched On A Precipice, As It Prepares To Elect Jacob Zuma As President Signaling A Potential Slide Back To The Bad Old Days Of Post Colonial African Leadership, And Disaster For A Country That Was Once The Beacon Of The Continent.Drawing On His Long Relationships With All The Key Senior Figures Including Mandela, Mbeki, Desmond Tutu, And Zuma, And A Host Of South Africans He Has Known Over The Years Including Former Activists Turned Billionaires And Reactionary Boers Alec Russell S Bring Me My Machine Gun Is A Beautifully Told And Expertly Researched Account Of South Africa S Great Tragedy The Tragedy Of Hope Unfulfilled.

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  • Hardcover
  • 336 pages
  • Bring Me My Machine Gun: The Battle for the Soul of South Africa, from Mandela to Zuma
  • Alec Russell
  • English
  • 05 July 2017
  • 9781586487386

    10 thoughts on “Download ➵ Bring Me My Machine Gun: The Battle for the Soul of South Africa, from Mandela to Zuma Author Alec Russell –

  1. says:

    A fascinating history of South Africa since the end of the apartheid regime in the early 1990s It shows how far ZA has come in a short time, but also the rampant inequality that remains in a country with 40% unemployment.The author, a foreign correspondent with a deep knowledge of Africa, describes the complex history in a way that makes it both understandable and highly readable He also does...

  2. says:

    This is an analytical book that is peppered with anecdotes and nuggets of understanding of modern South Africa It looks at contemporary South Africa from Mandela to Zuma and asks if the country and the ANC has what it takes to give up its revolutionary past and move forward to make it a country for all.The book commends Mandela s visionary leadership to steer the country through hatred and turbulence towards shores of reconciliation It is obvious that would never have been easy to succeed a saint and this early realization has come to be proved right Mandela s era focussed on transformation from divisions to unity and while the spirit of apartheid is by far not dead, the miracle of peace and progress in that direction is impressive He also governed with a deep sense of idealism His unflinching support to judiciary built it into the institution it is He shunned reverse apartheid In forgiving anyone who came forward and confessed his or her crimes committed during the apartheid era to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission presided over by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the country unde...

  3. says:

    The first chapter of this book is entitled Succeeding a Saint, which, if you knew nothing about South Africa since the glory days of Nelson Mandela and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, gives you a decent idea of what to expect The main subject is Mandela s successor, Thabo Mbeki, who is most well known globally, I m guessing, for his denial of the AIDS crisis in South Africa and the subsequent devastation that disease has wrought on the country Russell doesn t get into that issue until Chapter 9 there were plenty of other additional challenges to meet in the years following the end of apartheid The African National Congress apartheid s main opposition movement and now the country s ruling political party has had the job of rebuilding a collapsing economy, reconciling a severely fractured multi racial society, reforming white dominated land ownership, instituting affirmative action, closing the gap between rich and poor, resisting corruption, re engaging SA with the global economy and in foreign diplomacy, and in some sense carrying the burden of proving to the world that an African go...

  4. says:

    My favorite chapters dealt with racial reconciliation, the AIDS epidemic and government denial, and land use policy Well written and easy to follow Russell closes the book with this uncharacteristic quote Dreaming it...

  5. says:

    At times it s dry, especially the parts about s africa s economic woes, which I couldn t for the life of meunderstand, but overall this is a fascinating look at s africa s post apartheid era The old leaders of the struggle against apartheid oppression have...

  6. says:

    This was a really good book on South African politics, but also help me see the complexity of politics in general In the end, my personal take away but not necessarily the message of the book good leaders lead because they love their people and do whatever they can to solve their problems.

  7. says:

    A succinct and gripping narrative of South Africa s political, economic, and social landscape over the last 15 years and the major challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for the country and the ANC.

  8. says:

    I found this book technically interesting at times slow and uninterested The chapters on Mbeki s AIDS denial and his thought process was riveting Learning about Zuma and Zimbabwe was good also Overall good read if you like details.

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  10. says:

    Having visited South Africa last year I found this book absolutely fascinating.

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