Shades of Difference : Mac Maharaj and the Struggle for South Africa

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-04-19
  • Publisher: Viking Adult

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The inside story of South Africa’s anti-apartheid movement, told through the experiences of one of its unsung heroes, with an introduction by Nelson MandelaA South African of Indian descent, Mac Maharaj was a potent force in the Communist Party and African National Congress for nearly four decades. Tortured by South African security forces, he served twelve years in prison with Nelson Mandela and was able to smuggle out a painstakingly miniaturized copy of Mandela’s autobiography. He continued to play a key role in the movement and participated in the negotiations that ultimately led to a free South Africa in 1994. In Mandela’s new government, he served as minister of transport. Drawing on extensive interviews with Maharaj over the last eleven years, Padraig O’Malley vividly captures the experiences of this South African freedom fighter. By telling Maharaj’s story, O’Malley sheds new light on the decades-long battle against apartheid as well as the more recent struggle to build a free South Africa.

Author Biography

Padraig O-'Malley is a scholar, author, and mediator. The author of Biting at the Grave, one of The New York Times Editors-' Choice Best Books of 1990, he was involved in negotiations to end the conflict in Northern Ireland. O-'Malley is the founding editor of the New England Journal of Public Policy and is currently a visiting professor of political studies at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa.

Table of Contents

Chronologyp. xiii
Forewordp. 1
Introductionp. 21
Childhood and Youthp. 39
Introductionp. 39
Macp. 47
Durban Daysp. 61
Introductionp. 61
Macp. 66
London Daysp. 76
Introductionp. 76
Macp. 80
GDR Daysp. 87
Introductionp. 87
Macp. 89
Going Homep. 93
Introductionp. 93
Macp. 101
DEtention and Torturep. 118
Introductionp. 118
Macp. 121
Little Rivoniap. 137
Introductionp. 137
Macp. 141
Robben Islandp. 147
Introductionp. 147
Macp. 158
Banned in Durbanp. 185
Introductionp. 185
Macp. 190
Lusaka and Londonp. 198
Introductionp. 198
Macp. 210
Vula: Getting Startedp. 239
Introductionp. 239
Macp. 247
Home Againp. 260
Introductionp. 260
Macp. 272
Vula: Conflict in Kwazulu-Natal (K2N)p. 292
Introductionp. 292
Macp. 296
Mandelap. 300
Introductionp. 300
Macp. 306
Out of South Africap. 314
Introductionp. 314
Macp. 328
Transitionsp. 337
Introductionp. 337
Macp. 346
Vula Unravelsp. 365
Introductionp. 365
Macp. 367
Vula on Trialp. 381
Introductionp. 381
Macp. 385
Into the New South Africap. 390
Introductionp. 390
Macp. 397
Back in the Coldp. 414
Introductionp. 414
Macp. 439
Family: Struggle and Damagep. 458
Introductionp. 458
Macp. 467
Hush! Apartheid Thoughts of a Different Kindp. 469
Postscriptp. 493
Acknowledgmentsp. 495
Appendixp. 501
The Web Sitep. 529
Acronyms: Parties and Organizationsp. 531
A Note on Biographiesp. 533
A Note on Intervieweesp. 535
A Note on Mac Maharaj Interviewsp. 537
Notesp. 541
Bibliographyp. 613
Indexp. 629
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