Bring Me My Machine Gun

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2009-04-14
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs
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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 presidentsignaling 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 yearsincluding former activists turned billionaires and reactionary BoersAlec Russell'sBring Me My Machine Gunis a beautifully told and expertly researched account of South Africa's great tragedy: the tragedy of hope unfulfilled.

Author Biography

Alec Russell is World News Editor at the Financial Times, and formerly their Johannesburg bureau chief. He previously covered the wars in the former Yugoslavia and Africa for the Daily Telegraph and was its foreign editor from 2001–2003. From 2003–2006 he was based in Washington, D.C., and covered the Bush administration. He is the author of two books and lives in London.

Table of Contents

Chronologyp. ix
Map of South Africap. xi
Introduction: The New Strugglep. xiii
Succeeding a Saintp. 1
The Other Side of the Rainbowp. 25
Liberation Movements Have a Habit of Not Aging Gracefullyp. 53
The Difficulties of Deliveryp. 81
A City Under Siegep. 107
The White Africansp. 133
The New Randlordsp. 157
The Graves of the Ancestorsp. 181
The AIDS Betrayalp. 201
The 100 Percent Zulu Boyp. 231
The Shadow of Zimbabwep. 261
Acknowledgmentsp. 279
Notesp. 283
Select Bibliographyp. 299
Indexp. 301
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