Bring Me My Machine Gun

Bring Me My Machine Gun

The Battle for the Soul of South Africa From Mandela to Zuma

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Baker & Taylor
Tells the story of post-apartheid South Africa, from the hopeful reconciliation of Nelson Mandela's rule to the disappointments of Thabo Mbeki's administration to the possible election of Jacob Zuma as president.

Perseus Publishing
The Financial Times’ world news editor tells the epic story of post-apartheid South Africa?a country once so full of promise, now teetering on the brink of chaos

Award-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.



Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, [2009]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9781586487386
Branch Call Number: 968.065 RUSSE
Characteristics: xxii, 312 pages ; 24 cm

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