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
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.


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


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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