Author(s): Alec Russell
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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 Mandelas rule; and returned in 2007-2008 to see Mandelas successor, Thabo Mbeki, fritter away the countrys 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 Russells Bring Me My Machine Gun is a beautifully told and expertly researched account of South Africas great tragedy: the tragedy of hope unfulfilled.
Peter Godwin, author of "When a Crocodile Eats the Sun"
"A vivid portrait of post-apartheid South Africa, briskly depicting the dramas of a young nation and the telling threats to its future."
"Kirkus Reviews", March 1, 2009
""Financial Times" world news editor Russell offers a cogent study of the political perils ensnaring South Africa since the fall of apartheid.... An important dispatch from a journalist in the trenches."
"Booklist", review 4/15
"In open, journalistic style, Russell looks in depth and detail at the stalled dream of peace and reconciliation.... This is exciting contemporary history, a must for anyone concerned with what is happening now."
Gillian Slovo, "Financial Times", 4/4
""Bring Me My Machine Gun", layered with anecdote, historical background and close scrutiny of recent events, stands as an informative, nuanced, and provocative end-of-era report.... A valuable contribution to the debate about the future of the rainbow nation. Alec Russell