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Opposite Mandela - Encounters With South Africa's Icon (Paperback): Tony Leon Opposite Mandela - Encounters With South Africa's Icon (Paperback)
Tony Leon 1
R297 R258 Discovery Miles 2 580 Save R39 (13%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Tony Leon has written a book of unique insight into an unexplored aspect of the presidency and leadership of Nelson Mandela. Opposite Mandela relates the untold stories of how South Africa's first democratic president related to his political opponents.

Leon served as leader of the Democratic Party during Mandela's presidency. Although they clashed, sometimes fiercely, on great issues of the day, Leon enjoyed an unusually warm relationship with Mandela and had direct access to the president's office. In this first-hand account, he relates some of the more consequential moments of those momentous times in South Africa's history-in-the-making through the lens of the opposition. Although this is a personal account, it also explores some of the major themes, from reconciliation to corruption, which not only marked that period but also laid the basis for the current challenges which confront South Africa today, nearly two decades after Mandela assumed the country’s highest office, the very moment when Leon's political leadership began.

Insightful, and simultaneously serious and amusing, it lifts the veil on many unknown or unexplained benchmarks from that era: the personal animosity between Mandela and FW De Klerk, the decision of the Democratic Party to reject Mandela's offer of a seat in his cabinet and whether the extraordinary outreach of Mandela to the minorities was the shrewd calculation of a latter-day Machiavelli or the genuine impulses of a secular political saint. This highly readable and first-hand account considers in a balanced manner both the golden moments and the blind spots of one of the most consequential presidencies and leaders of the modern democratic age.

On The Contrary - Leading The Opposition In A Democtratic South Africa (Hardcover): Tony Leon On The Contrary - Leading The Opposition In A Democtratic South Africa (Hardcover)
Tony Leon
R325 R266 Discovery Miles 2 660 Save R59 (18%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

Controversial, principled, plain-spoken – Tony Leon, leader of the opposition for thirteen years, is all that and more. Destined from early life as the son of a High Court Judge to make a major impact as an ironclad liberal, he has nonetheless interrogated his idealism in strategic terms and left the political arena strewn with defeated adversaries and old-style conservatives content to let human rights slip for the sake of an easy life.

Without fear or favour he also confronted the new elite wherever or whenever they exceeded the bounds of parliamentary, political or private probity, as they often did.

On the Contrary records in his finely-focused prose an adventure in ideas that involves vivid, real people – friends, colleagues and remorseless opponents alike. Many are famous names. Readers will be startled at Leon’s freshness of approach and grasp of the intricate realities and compromises that go into the making of a politician and into the leadership of a political party. Fresh light is cast on a half-century of figures who have shaped modern South Africa: from the dour Nationalists to the abrasive personalities of the liberation fold. Themes, events and personalities emerge from five decades of memory, participation and intellectual struggle. They are unique in our records, told from very near the centre of power.

He lifts the lid on many of the most important chapters of the recent epoch: the constitutional negotiations, the birth and near death of the Democratic Alliance, his struggle with Thabo Mbeki over AIDS, Zimbabwe and race. In a no-holds-barred assessment he provides an insider’s account of the dramas and events which have helped shape and define modern South Africa. He also charts the future course of South Africa after the rise of Jacob Zuma and the struggle for power inside the ANC.

Leon’s book offers an almost forensic examination of how corruption, crime and unemployment corroded the high ideals of the Constitution and of Parliament itself. He is also not afraid of allowing glimpses of his rich, private life – the brilliance of this book rests in its careful balance of the public and the private and how they nurture each other.

On The Contrary (Paperback): Tony Leon On The Contrary (Paperback)
Tony Leon
R532 R362 Discovery Miles 3 620 Save R170 (32%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Controversial, principled, plain-spoken – Tony Leon, leader of the opposition for thirteen years, is all that and more. Destined from early life as the son of a High Court Judge to make a major impact as an ironclad liberal, he has nonetheless interrogated his idealism in strategic terms and left the political arena strewn with defeated adversaries and old-style conservatives content to let human rights slip for the sake of an easy life.

Without fear or favour he also confronted the new elite wherever or whenever they exceeded the bounds of parliamentary, political or private probity, as they often did.

On the Contrary records in his finely-focused prose an adventure in ideas that involves vivid, real people – friends, colleagues and remorseless opponents alike. Many are famous names. Readers will be startled at Leon’s freshness of approach and grasp of the intricate realities and compromises that go into the making of a politician and into the leadership of a political party. Fresh light is cast on a half-century of figures who have shaped modern South Africa: from the dour Nationalists to the abrasive personalities of the liberation fold. Themes, events and personalities emerge from five decades of memory, participation and intellectual struggle. They are unique in our records, told from very near the centre of power.

He lifts the lid on many of the most important chapters of the recent epoch: the constitutional negotiations, the birth and near death of the Democratic Alliance, his struggle with Thabo Mbeki over AIDS, Zimbabwe and race. In a no-holds-barred assessment he provides an insider’s account of the dramas and events which have helped shape and define modern South Africa. He also charts the future course of South Africa after the rise of Jacob Zuma and the struggle for power inside the ANC.

Leon’s book offers an almost forensic examination of how corruption, crime and unemployment corroded the high ideals of the Constitution and of Parliament itself. He is also not afraid of allowing glimpses of his rich, private life – the brilliance of this book rests in its careful balance of the public and the private and how they nurture each other.

UNBORED Adventure - 70 Seriously Fun Activities for Kids and Their Families (Paperback): Joshua Glenn, Elizabeth Foy Larsen UNBORED Adventure - 70 Seriously Fun Activities for Kids and Their Families (Paperback)
Joshua Glenn, Elizabeth Foy Larsen; Illustrated by Tony Leone, Mister Reusch, Heather Kasunick
R263 R208 Discovery Miles 2 080 Save R55 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

UNBORED Adventure has all the smarts, innovation, and free-wheeling spirit of the original UNBORED and its 2014 spinoff, UNBORED Games, but with a fresh focus on encouraging kids to break out of their techno-passivity and explore the world around them--whether that's a backyard, a downtown, or a forest. Combining old-fashioned favorites with today's high-tech possibilities, the book offers a goldmine of creative, constructive activities that kids can do on their own or with their families. From camouflage techniques, survival skills, and cloudspotting advice to instructions on how to build an upcycled kite or raft, to using apps to navigate and explore, it's all here--along with comics that dive into the secret history of everything from bicycling to women explorers. A fun corrective to our over-anxious parenting culture, UNBORED Adventure encourages kids to become more independent and resilient, to solve problems and ask questions, and to engage with both their community and natural environment. The original UNBORED is already a much beloved, distinctly contemporary family brand. Along with UNBORED Games, UNBORED Adventure extends the franchise in a handy, flexibound format so that the whole family can enjoy themselves indoors, outdoors, online, and offline. *Los Angeles Magazine

North Carolina - Race of the Century (Hardcover): Tony Leon Powell North Carolina - Race of the Century (Hardcover)
Tony Leon Powell
R430 Discovery Miles 4 300 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

NORTH CAROLINA: RACE OF THE CENTURY examines the role of the media within the context of the North Carolina political campaigns, leading up to coverage of the contest involving the incumbent Senator Jesse Helms and Harvey Gantt, former mayor of Charlotte. Critical factors of race and credibility were examined along with Gantt's issues-oriented campaign strategies. The election results found that the matters of race and damaging race-baiting ads dominated the voters' agenda toward the final weeks of the 1990 Senatorial campaign. In a state dominated by the Democratic Party, the issues-oriented campaign of the Democratic nominee, Harvey Gantt, did not prevail. Specifically, the results indicated that Gantt narrowly won urban cities (i.e. Charlotte); however, Senator Jesse Helms prevailed and dominated small towns. Of equal importance, the preamble to the North Carolina Democratic Constitution aptly stated the importance of party unity, but "yellow dog" Democrats and "Jessecrats" crossed over to cast their ballots for Senator Helms. Unquestionably race played a role in the election; however, it was not the determining factor. The art of skillfully orchestrating a political campaign was evident in Senator Helm's success. Moreover, Gantt's campaign ads which targeted specific issues were important to some voters. The undecided voters and "Jessecrats" viewed loyalty, power, influence, religion, values and race as some of the key factors in the election. And yes, Senator Helms' ancestral roots from small-town, Monroe, North Carolina, added value and trust for constituencies, Republican, Democrat and Independent alike. Powell wrote this book to convey the interrelationship between politics andthe media, examining connections existing in the 1700s and still existing today. The case study specifically examines Southern politics, as they relate to some of North Carolina's powerful political figures. Powell's research covers historical documents in which political leaflets and campaign images were embedded in the culture that helped to shape the political reality of voters for centuries. Although the news media continue to exert strong influence on American culture, the political landscape has changed in the South and elsewhere. The art of developing a skillful campaign has become an important key for political success-nowhere has this been more evident than in North Carolina during the 1990 contest between Harvey Gantt and Senator Jesse Helms: the Race of the Century.

UNBORED Games - Serious Fun for Everyone (Paperback): Joshua Glenn, Elizabeth Foy Larsen UNBORED Games - Serious Fun for Everyone (Paperback)
Joshua Glenn, Elizabeth Foy Larsen; Illustrated by Tony Leone, Mister Reusch, Heather Kasunick
R299 R245 Discovery Miles 2 450 Save R54 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

"UNBORED Games" has all the smarts, creativity, and DIY spirit of the original "UNBORED" ("It's a book It's a guide It's a way of life " --"Los Angeles Magazine"), but with a laser-like focus on the activities we do for pure fun: to while away a rainy day, to test our skills and stretch our imaginations--games. There are more than seventy games here, 50 of them all new, plus many more recommendations, and they cover the full gambit, from old-fashioned favorites to today's high-tech games. The book offers a gold mine of creative, constructive fun: intricate clapping games, bike rodeo, Google Earth challenges, croquet golf, capture the flag, and the best ever apps to play with Grandma, to name only a handful. Gaming is a whole culture for kids to explore, and the book will be complete with gaming history and interviews with awesome game designers. The lessons here: all games can be self-customized, or hacked. You can even make up your own games. Some could even change the world.The original "UNBORED" has taken its place as a much beloved, distinctly contemporary family brand. "UNBORED Games" extends the franchise -- to be followed by "UNBORED Adventure --" in a new handy flexibound format, illustrated in full color throughout. Soon, there will be a whole shelf of serious fun the whole family can enjoy indoors, outdoors, online and offline.

Around the Clock...Diary of a Street Cop (Paperback): Tony Leone Around the Clock...Diary of a Street Cop (Paperback)
Tony Leone
R379 Discovery Miles 3 790 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Springfield's Celebrated Horseshoe Sandwich (Paperback): Carolyn Harmon, Tony Leone Springfield's Celebrated Horseshoe Sandwich (Paperback)
Carolyn Harmon, Tony Leone
R386 R307 Discovery Miles 3 070 Save R79 (20%) Special order
Unbored - The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun (Hardcover): Joshua Glenn, Elizabeth Foy Larsen Unbored - The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun (Hardcover)
Joshua Glenn, Elizabeth Foy Larsen; Illustrated by Tony Leone, Mister Reusch, Heather Kasunick; Introduction by …
R564 R456 Discovery Miles 4 560 Save R108 (19%) Special order

"Unbored "is the guide and activity book every modern kid needs. Vibrantly designed, lavishly illustrated, brilliantly walking the line between cool and constructive, it's crammed with activities that are not only fun and doable but also designed to get kids engaged with the wider world.
With contributions from a diverse crowd of experts, the book provides kids with information to round out their world view and inspire them to learn more. From how-tos on using the library or writing your representative to a graphic history of video games, the book isn't shy about teaching. Yet the bulk of the 350-page mega-resource presents hands-on activities that further the mission in a fun way, featuring the best of the old as well as the best of the new: classic science experiments, crafts and upcycling, board game hacking, code-cracking, geocaching, skateboard repair, yarn-bombing, stop-action movie-making-plus tons of sidebars and extras, including trivia, best-of lists, and Q&As with leading thinkers whose culture-changing ideas are made accessible to kids for the first time.
Just as kids begin to disappear into their screens, here is a book that encourages them to use those tech skills to be creative, try new things, and change the world. And it encourages parents to participate. "Unbored" is exciting to read, easy to use, and appealing to young and old, girl and boy. Parents will be comforted by its anti-perfectionist spirit and humor. Kids will just think it's awesome.
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Contributors include Mark Frauenfelder of "MAKE" magazine; Colin Beavan, the No Impact Man; Douglas Rushkoff, renowned media theorist; Geoff Manaugh, author of BLDGBLOG; John Edgar Park, a CG supervisor at DisneyToon Studios; and Jean Railla, founder of GetCrafty.com and Etsy consultant.

The Accidental Ambassador - From Parliament To Patagonia (Paperback): Tony Leon The Accidental Ambassador - From Parliament To Patagonia (Paperback)
Tony Leon
R99 R86 Discovery Miles 860 Save R13 (13%) Special order

The Accidental Ambassador follows on from the successful Tony Leon autobiography, On the Contrary (2008) to showcase Leon's wit and sense of humour as he takes the reader on the journey of his retirement from active political life and into public service as the South African ambassador to Argentina.

From Leon's 'Job interview' with Jacob Zuma in Tuynhuis in 2008, to his immersion in governmental bureaucracy and a three-week crash course on 'How to be an ambassador' to the strange stance and contradictions of South African foreign policy and life in Argentina, he shares with the reader his entertaining experiences of cultural immersion, comical anecdotes and political reflection.

It provides great insight into the behind-the-scenes life of an ambassador.

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