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Friends Of The Natives - The Inconvenient Past Of South African Liberalism (Paperback): Eddy Maloka Friends Of The Natives - The Inconvenient Past Of South African Liberalism (Paperback)
Eddy Maloka 2
R304 R268 Discovery Miles 2 680 Save R36 (12%) Within 7 - 12 working days

A critical attempt to understand liberalism's encounter with South Africa - its evolution, intellectual history, and internal dynamics.

Liberalism entered South Africa's political landscape in the 19th century. It arose and evolved as an ideology of colonial conquest and control, not as a product of the anti0colonial struggle: in the process producing not just political parties but also pressure groups and think0tanks.

Die Groot Trek - Verlos Van Britse Heerskappy: Eksodus Van Die Boere Uit Die Kaapkolonie, 1836 (Afrikaans, Paperback): Robin... Die Groot Trek - Verlos Van Britse Heerskappy: Eksodus Van Die Boere Uit Die Kaapkolonie, 1836 (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Robin Binckes, Adri Kotze
R355 R281 Discovery Miles 2 810 Save R74 (21%) Within 4 - 10 working days

In die vroee beplanningsfase van die Vryheidspark was Robin Binckes `n lid van die subkomitee oor geskiedenis. Die mate van debatvoering en bespreking - meestal heftig - het Binckes verstom. So te se elke bespreking is uit presies die teenoorgestelde siening vertolk. Een van die mees omstrede onderwerpe was die Groot Trek, die Boere se eksodus uit die Kaapkolonie in 1838. Skrywers oor die onderwerp het tradisioneel die gebeure nie net uit die perspektief van "wit geskiedenis" benader nie, maar hoofsaaklik uit die van "Afrikanergeskiedenis". Dit is nog altyd gesien as `n "Afrikanergebeurtenis", maar dit was allermins. Die Groot Trek en die gebeure wat daartoe aanleiding gegee het, het elke deel van die samelewing betrek - Zulu, Sotho, Ndebele, Xhosa, Khoisan, Khoikhoi, Bruin, Brits, Engelssprekende Suid-Afrikaner en Boer - en dit is tyd om die trek in daardie lig, in die konteks van `n onbevooroordeelde, moderne Suid-Afrika, uit te beeld. Soos wat gewoonlik die geval is in geskiedenis, hou al die gebeure verband met mekaar. Dit is onmoontlik om die Groot Trek te skei van gebeure wat terugstrek tot by die Portugese ontdekkingsreisigers, aangesien daardie vroee verwikkelinge die agtergrond geskep het vir die redes vir die Groot Trek. Die meeste skrywers het op die trek self gefokus terwyl Binckes `n bree benadering gevolg het wat die impak van die vroeere wit invalle en migrasies - Portugees, Hollands, Frans en Brits - op suidelike Afrika bestudeer. So kan die trek en die oorsake daarvan beter verstaan word. Waar moontlik het Binckes die weergawes van ooggetuies gebruik en dit bevestig met die perspektiewe van vooraanstaande geskiedkundiges. Die eindproduk is `n objektiewe en omvattende rekord van een van die seminale gebeure in Suid-Afrikaanse geskiedenis. Hierdie boek toon dat die Afrikaner `n belangrike rolspeler in die Suid-Afrikaanse gemeenskap is, was en altyd sal wees - maar dit beeld die Afrikaner ook uit as deel van `n groter prentjie. Die skrywer distansieer hom van die karakters wat die afgelope twee eeue as edel gestereotipeer is en beeld hulle lewensgetrou uit: wonderlike, heldhaftige mense met menslike gevoelens, sterk punte en tekortkominge.

In Enemy Hands - South Africa's POWs In World War II (Paperback): Karen Horn In Enemy Hands - South Africa's POWs In World War II (Paperback)
Karen Horn
R260 R216 Discovery Miles 2 160 Save R44 (17%) Within 4 - 8 working days

Historian Karen Horn painstakingly tracked down a number of former POWs in which their interviews reveal rich narratives of hardship, endurance, humour, longing and self-discovery. Instead of fighting, these men adapted to another war, one which was fought on the inside of many prison camps.

In their interviews, all the POWs expressed surprise at being asked to share their experiences of almost 70 years earlier.They returned home in 1945 to a country which soon afterwards tried its utmost to promote national amnesia with regard to the country’s participation in the war.

With great insight and empathy, Karen Horn shines a light on a neglected corner of South African history. Karen Horn is a lecturer at Stellenbosch University.

Brothers In War And Peace - Constand and Abraham Viljoen and the Birth of the New South Africa (Paperback): Dennis Cruywagen Brothers In War And Peace - Constand and Abraham Viljoen and the Birth of the New South Africa (Paperback)
Dennis Cruywagen
R230 R184 Discovery Miles 1 840 Save R46 (20%) Within 4 - 8 working days

Twin brothers. Two futures. One destiny.

Abraham and Constand Viljoen were identical twins who took starkly different paths in life. One was a deeply religious man, who opposed apartheid; the other was a man of war, who became head of the SADF. But together they would play a crucial role in preventing South Africa from descending into civil war.

In the early 1990s, Constand came out of retirement to head the Afrikaner Volksfront, which opposed the negotiations with the ANC and made plans for military action. Realising that war would destroy their country, Abraham approached his estranged brother and urged him to consider the alternative: talks with the ANC. What followed was a series of secret meetings and negotiations that ultimately prevented civil war.

Brothers in War and Peace documents the crucial yet largely unheralded role the Viljoen brothers played in ensuring peace in South Africa. Based on interviews with the brothers and other key political figures, the book gives new insights into a time when the country’s future was on a knife-edge.

American Sniper - The Autobiography Of The Most Lethal Sniper In U.S. Military History (Paperback, Movie Tie-In): Chris Kyle,... American Sniper - The Autobiography Of The Most Lethal Sniper In U.S. Military History (Paperback, Movie Tie-In)
Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen 2
R225 R153 Discovery Miles 1 530 Save R72 (32%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Now a major motion picture directed by Clint Eastwood.

From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. His fellow American warriors, whom he protected with deadly precision from rooftops and stealth positions during the Iraq War, called him "The Legend"; meanwhile, the enemy feared him so much they named him al-Shaitan ("the devil") and placed a bounty on his head.

Kyle, who was tragically killed in 2013, writes honestly about the pain of war—including the deaths of two close SEAL teammates—and in moving first-person passages throughout, his wife, Taya, speaks openly about the strains of war on their family, as well as on Chris. Gripping and unforgettable, Kyle's masterful account of his extraordinary battlefield experiences ranks as one of the great war memoirs of all time.

Includes new material by Taya Kyle about the making of the American Sniper film.

The Better Angels Of Our Nature - A History Of Violence And Humanity (Paperback): Steven Pinker The Better Angels Of Our Nature - A History Of Violence And Humanity (Paperback)
Steven Pinker 1
R371 R263 Discovery Miles 2 630 Save R108 (29%) Within 7 - 12 working days

This acclaimed book by Steven Pinker argues that, contrary to popular belief, humankind has become progressively less violent over millenia and decades. Can violence really have declined?

The images of conflict we see daily on our screens from around the world suggest this is an almost obscene claim to be making. Extraordinarily, however, Steven Pinker shows violence within and between societies - both murder and warfare - really has declined from prehistory to today. We are much less likely to die at someone else's hands than ever before. Even the horrific carnage of the last century, when compared to the dangers of pre-state societies, is part of this trend.

Debunking both the idea of the 'noble savage' and an over-simplistic Hobbesian notion of a 'nasty, brutish and short' life, Steven Pinker argues that modernity and its cultural institutions are actually making us better people.

The Thabo Mbeki I Know (Paperback): Sifiso Ndlovu, Miranda Strydom The Thabo Mbeki I Know (Paperback)
Sifiso Ndlovu, Miranda Strydom; Foreword by Barney Afako 3
R310 R266 Discovery Miles 2 660 Save R44 (14%) In stock

The Thabo Mbeki I Know is a collection that celebrates one of South Africa’s most exceptional thought leaders. The contributors include those who first got to know Thabo Mbeki as a young man, in South Africa and in exile, and those who encountered him as a statesman and worked alongside him as an African leader.

In The Thabo Mbeki I Know, these friends, comrades, statesmen, politicians and business associates provide insights that challenge the prevailing academic narrative and present fresh perspectives on the former president’s time in office and on his legacy – a vital undertaking as we approach a decade since an embattled Thabo Mbeki left office. Edited by Miranda Strydom and Sifiso Mxolisi Ndlovu, The Thabo Mbeki I Know provides readers with an opportunity to reassess Thabo Mbeki’s contribution to post-apartheid South Africa – as both deputy president and president – to the African continent and diaspora – as a highly respected state leader – and to the international community as a whole.

Arik - The Life Of Ariel Sharon (Paperback): David Landau Arik - The Life Of Ariel Sharon (Paperback)
David Landau 1
R290 R232 Discovery Miles 2 320 Save R58 (20%) In stock

From the former editor in chief of "Haaretz", comes the first in-depth, comprehensive biography of Ariel Sharon, the most dramatic and imposing Israeli political and military leader of the last forty years.

The life of Ariel Sharon spans much of modern Israel's history. A commander in the Israeli Army from its inception in 1948, Sharon participated in the 1948 War of Independence, played decisive roles in the 1956 Suez War and the Six-Day War of 1967, and is credited here with the shift in the outcome of the Yom Kippur War of 1973.

After leaving the professional army, Sharon became a political leader and served in numerous governments, most prominently as the defense minister during the 1982 Lebanon War in which he bore "personal responsibility," according to the state's commission of inquiry, for massacres of Palestinian civilians by Lebanese militia. As a general and as a politician, he championed the construction of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank and Gaza. But as prime minister, he performed a dramatic reversal: orchestrating Israel's unilateral disengagement from the Gaza Strip.

Landau brilliantly chronicles Sharon's surprising about-face, combining the immediacy of firsthand reportage with the analysis and independent insight of a historian's perspective. Sharon suffered a stroke in January 2006 and remains in a persistent vegetative state. This biography recounts the life of the man who is considered by many to be Israel's greatest military leader and political statesman, illustrating how Sharon's leadership transformed Israel, and how his views were shaped by the changing nature of Israeli society.

The Cambridge Companion to Nelson Mandela (Paperback, New): Rita Barnard The Cambridge Companion to Nelson Mandela (Paperback, New)
Rita Barnard
R359 Discovery Miles 3 590 Within 7 - 12 working days

Nelson Mandela was one of the most revered figures of our time. He committed himself to a compelling political cause, suffered a long prison sentence, and led his violent and divided country to a peaceful democratic transition. His legacy, however, is not uncontested: his decision to embark on an armed struggle in the 1960s, his solitary talks with apartheid officials in the 1980s, and the economic policies adopted during his presidency still spark intense debate, even after his death. The essays in this Companion, written by experts in history, anthropology, jurisprudence, cinema, literature, and visual studies, address these and other issues. They examine how Mandela became an icon during his lifetime and consider the meanings and uses of his internationally recognizable image. Their overarching concerns include Mandela's relation to 'tradition' and 'modernity', the impact of his most famous public performances, the oscillation between Africanist and non-racial positions in South Africa, and the politics of gender and national sentiment. The volume concludes with a meditation on Mandela's legacy in the twenty-first century and a detailed guide to further reading.

Humans Of New York (Hardcover, New): Brandon Stanton Humans Of New York (Hardcover, New)
Brandon Stanton 3
R562 R372 Discovery Miles 3 720 Save R190 (34%) Within 7 - 12 working days

An instant Number One New York Times bestseller, Humans of New York began in the summer of 2010, when photographer Brandon Stanton set out on an ambitious project: to single-handedly create a photographic census of New York City. Armed with his camera, he began crisscrossing the city, covering thousands of miles on foot, all in his attempt to capture ordinary New Yorkers in the most extraordinary of moments. The result of these efforts was "Humans of New York," a vibrant blog in which he featured his photos alongside quotes and anecdotes.

The blog has steadily grown, now boasting nearly a million devoted followers. Humans of New York is the book inspired by the blog. With four hundred colour photos, including exclusive portraits and all-new stories, and a distinctive vellum jacket, Humans of New York is a stunning collection of images that will appeal not just to those who have been drawn in by the outsized personalities of New York, but to anyone interested in the breathtaking scope of humanity it displays.

Heartfelt and moving, Humans of New York is a celebration of individuality and a tribute to the spirit of a city.

50 Children - One Ordinary American Couple's Extraordinary Rescue Mission Into the Heart of Nazi Germany (Paperback):... 50 Children - One Ordinary American Couple's Extraordinary Rescue Mission Into the Heart of Nazi Germany (Paperback)
Steven Pressman
R289 R221 Discovery Miles 2 210 Save R68 (24%) Within 7 - 11 working days

Two ordinary Americans. Fifty innocent lives. One unforgettable journey.

In early 1939, few Americans were thinking about the darkening storm clouds over Europe. Nor did they have much sympathy for the growing number of Jewish families who were increasingly threatened and brutalized by Adolf Hitler's policies in Germany and Austria.

But one ordinary American couple decided that something had to be done. Despite overwhelming obstacles—both in Europe and in the United States—Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus made a bold and unprecedented decision to travel into Nazi Germany in an effort to save a group of Jewish children.

This is their story.

Let My People Go - The Autobiography of Albert Luthuli (Paperback): Albert Luthuli Let My People Go - The Autobiography of Albert Luthuli (Paperback)
Albert Luthuli
R365 R310 Discovery Miles 3 100 Save R55 (15%) Within 7 - 15 working days

Albert Luthuli was the first African to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Let My People Go is as much his extraordinary story as that of the African National Congress which he led for 15 years.

He gives a first-hand account of the repression and resistance that were to shape the South African political landscape forever: the Defiance Campaign, which marked the first mass challenge to apartheid, the drafting of the Freedom Charter, the 1957 Treason Trial, the Alexandra bus boycott and the 1959 potato boycott, as well as the tragedies of Sharpeville, Langa and Nyanga.

Let My People Go bears witness to Luthuli's unfailing humility, perseverance, and passionate commitment to the values of non-racialism and non-sexism. His vision, crucial to the shaping of the South Africa we live in today, continues to move and inspire.

Afrikaner Odyssey - The Life And Times Of The Reitz Family (Paperback): Martin Meredith Afrikaner Odyssey - The Life And Times Of The Reitz Family (Paperback)
Martin Meredith 4
R250 R208 Discovery Miles 2 080 Save R42 (17%) Within 4 - 8 working days

In the first half of the nineteenth century, Southern Africa was a jumble of British colonies, Boer republics and African chiefdoms, a troublesome region of little interest to the outside world. Into this frontier world came the Reitz family, Afrikaner gentry from the Cape, who settled in Bloemfontein and played a key role in the building of the Orange Free State.

Frank Reitz, successively chief justice and modernising president of the young republic, went on to serve as State Secretary of the Transvaal Republic. In 1899, he stood shoulder to shoulder with President Paul Kruger to resist Britain’s war of conquest in Southern Africa. At the heart of this tale is the extraordinary life of Deneys Reitz, third son of Frank Reitz and Bianca Thesen. The young Reitz’s account of his adventures in the field during the Anglo-Boer War (1899–1902), published as Commando, became a classic of irregular warfare. After a period of exile in Madagascar, he went on become one of South Africa’s most distinguished lawyers, statesmen and soldiers. Martin Meredith interweaves Reitz’s experiences, taken from his unpublished notebooks, with the wider story of Britain’s brutal suppression of Boer resistance.

Concise and readable, Afrikaner Odyssey is a wide-ranging portrait of an aristocratic Afrikaner family whose achievements run like fine thread through these turbulent times, and whose presence is still marked on the South African landscape.

Askari - A Story Of Collaboration And Betrayal In The Anti-Apartheid Struggle (Paperback): Jacob Dlamini Askari - A Story Of Collaboration And Betrayal In The Anti-Apartheid Struggle (Paperback)
Jacob Dlamini
R265 R210 Discovery Miles 2 100 Save R55 (21%) Within 4 - 10 working days

This is the story of Comrade September, a member of the ANC and its military wing, MK, who was abducted from his hideout in Swaziland by an apartheid death squad in August 1986 and taken across the border to South Africa, where his interrogation and torture began. It was not long before September began telling his captors about his comrades in the ANC. By talking under torture, September underwent changes that marked him for the rest of his life: from resister to collaborator, insurgent to counter-insurgent, revolutionary to counter-revolutionary and, to his former comrades, hero to traitor.

The book is about these changes and about the larger, neglected story of betrayal and collaboration in the struggle against apartheid. It seeks to understand why September made the choices he did - collaborating with his captors, turning against the ANC, and then hunting down his comrades - without excusing those choices. It looks beyond the black and-white that still dominates South Africa's political canvas, to examine the grey zones in which South Africans - combatants and non-combatants - lived.

As the book demonstrates, September's acts of betrayal form but one layer in a sedimentation of betrayals in which September himself was betrayed by the Swazi police for sure and may, in fact, have been sold out to the Swazis and the South African security police by his own comrades in the ANC. This, then, is not a morality tale in which the lines between heroes and villains are clearly drawn.

The book does not claim that the competing sides in the fight against apartheid were moral equivalents. It seeks to contribute to scholarly attempts to elaborate a denser, richer and more nuanced account of South Africa's modern political history. It does so by examining the history of political violence in South Africa; by looking at the workings of an apartheid death squad in an attempt to understand how the apartheid bureaucracy worked; and, more importantly, by studying the social, moral and political universe in which apartheid collaborators like September lived and worked.

This is not a biography - a cradle-to-grave account of September's life - even though it does, where necessary, look at his life. September was not the first resister-turned-collaborator. But he was also no ordinary collaborator. That is why his story deserves telling.

Die Boereoorlog (Afrikaans, Paperback): Martin Bossenbroek Die Boereoorlog (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Martin Bossenbroek
R365 R288 Discovery Miles 2 880 Save R77 (21%) Within 4 - 10 working days

Die Nederlandse historikus, Martin Bossenbroek, het in 2013 die Nasionale Nederlandse Geskiedenis-prys gewen vir sy nuwe kroniek oor die oorlog wat Suid-Afrika gevorm het, en die boek is ook in 2013 op die kortlys vir die AKO Letterkunde-prys geplaas. Beide hierdie toekennings is vername Nederlandse letterkundige pryse. Hierdie Afrikaanse hardeband, wat in 2015 as 'n Engelse en 'n Afrikaanse sagteband uitgegee gaan word, sal die lof en byval bevestig wat Bossenbroek reeds ontvang het, en aan Suid-Afrikaanse lesers die geleentheid bied om sy unieke storieverteltegniek te ervaar. Die Anglo-Boereoorlog (1899-1902) is al verskeie dinge genoem: die oorsaak van apartheid, die voorganger van die Eerste en Tweede Wereldoorloe, en die eerste media-oorlog (waar joernaliste vir die eerste keer by 'n oorlog ingebed was). Dit het gehelp om die nasiestaat van Suid-Afrika te skep en meer as 'n honderd jaar nadat die oorlog geeindig het, lei dit steeds tot vurige debatte. In Die Boereoorlog bied Martin Bossenbroek vir die eerste keer aan lesers die volledige storie met ongeewenaarde insig en detail. Bossenbroek volg drie kleurvolle hoofkarakters: die Nederlandse prokureur, staatsprokureur van die Suid-Afrikaanse Republiek, staatsekretaris en uiteindelike Europese gesant Willem Leyds; die Britse oorlogsjoernalis Winston Churchill, en die Boerekryger en toekomstige Suid-Afrikaanse politikus, Deneys Reitz. Bossenbroek se fassinerende nuwe blik op die oorlog troef Thomas Pakenham se klassieke topverkoper, en is 'n moet-lees vir alle Suid-Afrikaanse geskiedenis-entoesiaste.

The Good Soldier - The Biography Of Douglas Haig (Paperback, Main): Gary Mead The Good Soldier - The Biography Of Douglas Haig (Paperback, Main)
Gary Mead 1
R474 R354 Discovery Miles 3 540 Save R120 (25%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Posterity has not been kind to Douglas Haig, the commander of the British Expeditionary Force on the Western Front for much of the First World War. Haig has frequently been presented as a commander who sent his troops to slaughter in vast numbers at the Somme in 1916 and at Passchendaele the following year. The Good Soldier re-examines Haig's record in these battles and presents his predicament with a fresh eye. More importantly, it re-evaluates Haig himself, exploring the nature of the man, turning to both his early life and army career before 1914, as well as his unstinting work on behalf of ex-servicemen's organizations after 1918. Finally, in this definitive biography, the man emerges from the myth.

A Darker Shade Of Pale - A Memoir Of Apartheid South Africa (Paperback): Beryl Crosher-Segers A Darker Shade Of Pale - A Memoir Of Apartheid South Africa (Paperback)
Beryl Crosher-Segers
R250 R215 Discovery Miles 2 150 Save R35 (14%) In stock

A Darker Shade Of Pale tells the story of life as a person of mixed race in apartheid South Africa.

After the National Party gained power in South Africa in 1948, the all-white government took control by legislating their policies of racial segregation under a system called apartheid. Forced to live among the sand dunes and narrow streets of Council housing estates, through her mixed ancestry Beryl was classified as Coloured, not white enough or not black enough. This allowed the government to shape her life, where she was allowed to live, to attend school, to sit on the train, to work, and who she could marry.

Growing up in council housing estates on the Cape Flats in the 1960s and early 1970s it wasn’t until reaching high school that she discovered a richer life on the other side of the tracks for those classified as white. The stark reality of the inequality towards her skin colour made her question her ancestry and her parents’ acceptance of their classification. She was drawn to joining rallies to fight the government but at home any such discussions were strongly dismissed.

It is a remarkable story of the resilience of her parents, particularly her mother Sarah who recognised that the future for her children was through education. Sarah, faced with many challenges – the death of a young child, a husband suffering ill-health, five children to feed and to keep a roof over their head powered the way forward to increase their chances of a better life should apartheid crumble.

A Darker Shade Of Pale is a moving account of Beryl’s family and community life in segregated South Africa – the injustices, humiliation and challenges and finally finding acceptance when she moved to Australia in the 1980s.

How To Turn Down A Billion Dollars - The Snapchat Story (Paperback): Billy Gallagher How To Turn Down A Billion Dollars - The Snapchat Story (Paperback)
Billy Gallagher 2
R368 R242 Discovery Miles 2 420 Save R126 (34%) In stock

When he was just twenty-three years old, Evan Spiegel, the brash CEO of the social network Snapchat, stunned the world when he and his co-founders walked away from a three-billion-dollar offer from Facebook: how could an app teenagers use to text dirty photos dream of a higher valuation? Was this hubris, or genius?

In How To Turn Down A Billion Dollars, Billy Gallagher takes us inside the rise of one of Silicon Valley’s hottest start-ups. Snapchat began as a late-night dorm room revelation before Spiegel went on to make a name for himself as a visionary C EO worth billions, linked to celebrities like Taylor Swift and his fiancée, Miranda Kerr.

A fellow Stanford undergrad and fraternity brother of the company’s founding trio, Billy Gallagher has covered Snapchat from the start. His inside account offers an entertaining trip through the excess and drama of the hazy early days with a professional insight into the challenges Snapchat faces as it transitions from a playful app to one of the tech industry’s preeminent public companies. In the tradition of great business narratives, How To Turn Down A Billion Dollars offers the definitive account of a company whose goal is no less than to remake the future of entertainment.

Rebel Prince - The Power, Passion and Defiance of Prince Charles (Paperback): Tom Bower Rebel Prince - The Power, Passion and Defiance of Prince Charles (Paperback)
Tom Bower 1
R236 R159 Discovery Miles 1 590 Save R77 (33%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Few heirs to the throne have suffered as much humiliation as Prince Charles. Despite his hard work and genuine concern for the disadvantaged, he has struggled to overcome his unpopularity. After Diana's death, his approval rating crashed to 4% and has been only rescued by his marriage to Camilla. Nevertheless, just one third of Britons now support him to be the next king.

Many still fear that his accession to the throne will cause a constitutional crisis. That mistrust climaxed in the aftermath of the trial of Paul Burrell, Diana's butler, acquitted after the Queen's sensational ‘recollection'. In unearthing many secrets surrounding that and many other dramas, Bower's book, relying on the testimony from over 120 people employed or welcomed into the inner sanctum of Clarence House, reveals a royal household rife with intrigue and misconduct.

The result is a book which uniquely will probe into the character and court of the Charles that no one, until now, has seen.

We Die Like Brothers - The Sinking Of The SS Mendi (Paperback): John Gribble, Graham Scott We Die Like Brothers - The Sinking Of The SS Mendi (Paperback)
John Gribble, Graham Scott 4
R265 R210 Discovery Miles 2 100 Save R55 (21%) In stock

The SS Mendi is a wreck site off the Isle of Wight under the protection of Historic England. Nearly 650 men, mostly from the South African Native Labour Corps (SANLC), lost their lives in February 1917 following a collision in fog as they travelled to serve as labourers on the Western Front, in one of the largest single losses of life during the conflict.

The loss of the SS Mendi occupies a special place in South African military history. Prevented from being trained as fighting troops by their own government, the men of the SANLC hoped that their contribution to the war effort would lead to greater civil rights and economic opportunities in the new white-ruled nation of South Africa after the war. These hopes proved unfounded, and the SS Mendi became a focus of black resistance before and during the apartheid era in South Africa. One hundred years on, the wreck of the SS Mendi is a physical symbol of black South Africans’ long fight for social and political justice and equality and is one of a very select group of historic shipwrecks from which contemporary political and social meaning can be drawn, and whose loss has rippled forward in time to influence later events; a loss that is now an important part of the story of a new ‘rainbow nation’.

The wreck of the SS Mendi is now recognised as one of England’s most important First World War heritage assets and the wreck site is listed under the Protection of Military Remains Act. New archaeological investigation has provided real and direct information about the wreck for the first time.

The loss of the Mendi is used to highlight the story of the SANLC and other labour corps as well as the wider treatment of British imperial subjects in wartime.

Dinosourusse, Diamante & Demokrasie - 'n Kort, Kort Geskiedenis Van Suid-Afrika (Afrikaans, Paperback): Francis Wilson Dinosourusse, Diamante & Demokrasie - 'n Kort, Kort Geskiedenis Van Suid-Afrika (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Francis Wilson; Translated by Aniel Botha
R180 R144 Discovery Miles 1 440 Save R36 (20%) In stock

’n Asteroïde so groot soos Tafelberg tref meer as twee miljard jaar gelede die plek wat uiteindelik Suid-Afrika sou word. Ná dié slag volg ’n onstuimige geskiedenis.

Die storie begin in die tyd toe die aarde se rykste goudneerslae gevorm is. Van hier strek die verhaal tot verby die geboorte van demokrasie in 1994 – ’n ander gebeurtenis wat die wêreld se asem weggeslaan het. Langs die weg kom ’n mens die oudste dinosourusse wat ooit gelewe het teë, asook die planeet se heel eerste mense en vroegste kulture. Inkomelinge het die geskiedenis gevorm – jagterversamelaars, landbouers en kuddewagters, ystersmede vanuit die noorde, en immigrante vanuit Europa en Asië.

Suid-Afrika se mense het oorlog gemaak en vrede gesluit, goud en diamante ontdek, glorieryke hoogtes bereik en in die dieptes van onderdrukking verval – totdat almal op ’n dag as gelykes in ’n ry ingeval het om vir ’n regering te stem wat hulle as demokratiese volk die een-en-twintigste eeu sou binnelei. Dit is die verhaal van dinosourusse, diamante en demokrasie.

Black Klansman (Paperback, Movie Tie-In Edition): Ron Stallworth Black Klansman (Paperback, Movie Tie-In Edition)
Ron Stallworth 1
R175 R140 Discovery Miles 1 400 Save R35 (20%) In stock

***ADAPTED AS A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE BY SPIKE LEE - WINNER OF THE GRAND PRIX AT CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2018 ***

What happens when a black detective goes undercover in the KKK? Find out in this extraordinary true story.

In 1978, Ron Stallworth is the first black detective in the history of the Colorado Springs Police Department. In the local paper, he finds a classified ad for the Ku Klux Klan - and a P.O. box for interested enquiries. All he's expecting are some racist brochures and a few scraps of information about the white nationalist terrorists in his community. What he gets is a phone call inviting him to join the KKK. So he does. Launching an undercover investigation of incredible audacity, Ron recruits his partner Chuck to play the 'white' Ron Stallworth, while Stallworth himself talks to the Klan over the phone.

During his months-long investigation, Stallworth sabotages cross burnings, exposes white supremacists in the military, and even manages to deceive the KKK "Grand Wizard" David Duke himself - dodging danger and reprisal at every turn...

Black Klansman is an amazing true story and a rollercoaster of a crime thriller; a searing and timely portrait of a divided America and the extraordinary heroes who dare to fight back.

Churchill & Smuts: Die Vriendskap (Afrikaans, Paperback): Richard Steyn Churchill & Smuts: Die Vriendskap (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Richard Steyn 1
R260 R216 Discovery Miles 2 160 Save R44 (17%) Within 4 - 8 working days

Die eiesoortige vriendskap tussen Winston Churchill en Jan Smuts is ’n studie in kontraste. In hul jeug het hulle uiteenlopende wêrelde bewoon: Churchill was die weerbarstige en energieke jong aristokraat; Smuts die asketiese, filosofiese Kaapse plaasseun, wat later aan Cambridge sou gaan studeer. Daar sou hy die eerste student word wat albei dele van die finale regskursus in dieselfde jaar neem en al twee met onderskeiding slaag.

Nadat hulle in die Anglo-Boereoorlog eers as vyande, en later in die Eerste Wêreldoorlog as bondgenote byeengebring is, het die mans ’n vriendskap gesmee wat oor die eerste helfte van die twintigste eeu gestrek het en tot Smuts se dood in 1950 voortgeduur het. Richard Steyn, die skrywer van Jan Smuts: Afrikaner sonder grense, bestudeer dié hegte vriendskap deur twee wêreldoorloë aan die hand van ’n magdom argiefstukke, briewe, telegramme en die omvangryke boeke wat oor albei mans geskryf is.

Dit is ’n fassinerende verhaal oor twee besonderse individue in oorlog en vrede – die een die leier van ’n groot ryk, die ander die leier van ’n klein, weerspannige lid van daardie ryk.

Almost Human - The Astonishing Tale Of Homo Naledi (Paperback): Lee Berger, John Hawks Almost Human - The Astonishing Tale Of Homo Naledi (Paperback)
Lee Berger, John Hawks 5
R295 R245 Discovery Miles 2 450 Save R50 (17%) In stock

Almost Human is the personal story of a charismatic and visionary palaeontologist, a rich and readable narrative about science, exploration, and what it means to be human.

In 2013, Wits University reasearch professor Lee Berger caught wind of a cache of bones in a hard-to-reach underground cave near Johannesburg. He put out a call around the world for collaborators – men and women small and adventurous enough to be able to squeeze through 8-inch tunnels to reach a sunless cave 40 feet underground. With this team of ‘underground astronauts’, Berger made the discovery of a lifetime: hundreds of prehistoric bones, including entire skeletons of at least 15 individuals, all perhaps two million years old. Their features combined those of known pre-hominids with those more human than anything ever before seen in prehistoric remains. Berger's team had discovered an all new species: Homo naledi.

The cave proved to be the richest pre-hominid site ever discovered, full of implications that challenge how we define ourselves as human. Did these ancestors of ours bury their dead? If so, they must have had an awareness of death, a level of self-knowledge: the very characteristic we used to define ourselves as human. Did an equally advanced species inhabit Earth with us, or before us?

Addressing these questions, Berger counters the arguments of those colleagues who have questioned his controversial interpretations and astounding finds.

I Remember Nelson Mandela (Hardcover): Vimla Naidoo, Sahm Venter I Remember Nelson Mandela (Hardcover)
Vimla Naidoo, Sahm Venter; Foreword by Graca Machel
R220 R175 Discovery Miles 1 750 Save R45 (20%) In stock

I Remember Nelson Mandela is a collection of remembrances from those who worked with, for and beside Mandela. More than one hundred individuals, from household staff to bodyguards and presidential advisors, have offered their memories, which provide warm, poignant and often humorous insights into what it was like behind the scenes with one of the most revered and beloved political figures the world has seen.

‘Nothing is more important than to be loved by your colleagues.’ – Nelson Mandela, 5 August 2008, addressing the staff of the Nelson Mandela Foundation at a private celebration for his 90th birthday

The collection is the dream-child of Mrs Graça Machel who, some months after Nelson Mandela’s passing on 5 December 2013, met with former members of his staff to thank them for their service. Listening to their stories inspired the creation of this, the perfect gift book, providing readers with a glimpse into the man behind the title.

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