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The Decline of Deference - Canadian Value Change in Cross National Perspective (Paperback): Neil Nevitte The Decline of Deference - Canadian Value Change in Cross National Perspective (Paperback)
Neil Nevitte
R497 Discovery Miles 4 970 Special order

Since the 1980s Canadians have experienced turmoil on an unprecedented scale and on a variety of fronts. Constitutional battles pitted citizen against citizen and publics against leaders. Vigorous new interest groups challenged governments to respond to new issues like the environment, gay rights, and equality for women. In the face of expanding trade relations Canadians mobilized to respond to economic uncertainty, and family relations were exposed to new stresses. What explains the turmoil?

In this extraordinarily wide-ranging book, Neil Nevitte demonstrates that the changing patterns of Canadian values are connected. Changing attitudes to authority in the family are connected to changing attitudes to the work-place and to politics and they all point to one theme--the decline of deference. Canada's turmoil is not unique, nor is it a result of the "Americanization" of Canadian values. Canada, he argues, is but one stage on which the rhythms of post-industrial value change are played out.

Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics - State Repression and the Domestic Democratic Peace (Hardcover): Christian Davenport Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics - State Repression and the Domestic Democratic Peace (Hardcover)
Christian Davenport
R1,518 Discovery Miles 15 180 Special order

Does democracy decrease state repression in line with the expectations of governments, international organizations, NGOs, social movements, academics and ordinary citizens around the world? Most believe that a 'domestic democratic peace' exists, rivalling that found in the realm of interstate conflict. Investigating 137 countries from 1976 to 1996, this book seeks to shed light on this question. Specifically, three results emerge. First, while different aspects of democracy decrease repressive behaviour, not all do so to the same degree. Human rights violations are especially responsive to electoral participation and competition. Second, while different types of repression are reduced, not all are limited at comparable levels. Personal integrity violations are decreased more than civil liberties restrictions. Third, the domestic democratic peace is not bulletproof; the negative influence of democracy on repression can be overwhelmed by political conflict. This research alters our conception of repression, its analysis and its resolution.

Invisible Allies (Paperback): Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Invisible Allies (Paperback)
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
R304 R249 Discovery Miles 2 490 Save R55 (18%) Special order

After his expulsion from Russia in 1974 for undermining the Communist regime, Solzhenitsyn wrote a secret record, while it was still fresh in his mind, of the courageous efforts of people who hid his writings and smuggled them to the West. Before the fall of Communism he could not have published Invisible Allies in conjunction with his memoir The Oak and the Calf without putting those friends in jeopardy. Now the facts may be revealed in this intimate account of the network of individuals who risked life and liberty to ensure that his works were concealed, circulated in "samizdat", and exported via illicit channels. These conspirators, often unknown to one another, shared a devotion to the dissident writer's work and a hatred of an oppressive regime of censorship and denunciation. The circle was varied enough to include scholars and fellow writers, and also elderly babushkas who acted as couriers. With tenderness, respect and humour, Solzhenitsyn speaks of these partners in conspiracy: the women who typed copies of his works under the noses of prying neighbours; the journalists and diplomats who covertly carried microfilms across borders; the friends who hid various drafts of his works from the vigilance of the secret police.

Memoirs of 1984 (Paperback): Yuri Tarnopolsky Memoirs of 1984 (Paperback)
Yuri Tarnopolsky
R573 Discovery Miles 5 730 Special order

Tarnopolsky recounts his year in a Siberian labor camp, and offers his interpretation of the fall of the Soviet Empire and the future Russian crossroads.

Political Asylum from the Inside (Paperback): Harvey Burgess Political Asylum from the Inside (Paperback)
Harvey Burgess
R234 R212 Discovery Miles 2 120 Save R22 (9%) Special order
Understanding Impoverishment - The Consequences of Development-Induced Displacement (Paperback): Christopher McDowell Understanding Impoverishment - The Consequences of Development-Induced Displacement (Paperback)
Christopher McDowell
R544 R503 Discovery Miles 5 030 Save R41 (8%) Special order

Infrastructure development projects are set to continue into the next century as developing country governments seek to manage population growth, urbanization and industrialization. The contributions in this volume raise many questions about 'development' and 'progress' in the late twentieth century. What is revealed are the enormous problems and disastrous affects which continue to accompany displacement operations in many countries, which raise the ever more urgent question of whether the benefits of infrastructure development justify or outweigh the pain of the radical disruption of peoples lives, exacerbated by the fact that, with some notable exceptions, there has been a lack of official recognition on the part of governments and international agencies that development-induced displacement is a problem at all. This important volume addresses the issues and shows just how serious the situation is.

Political Rights Under Stress in 21st Century Europe (Hardcover): Wojciech Sadurski Political Rights Under Stress in 21st Century Europe (Hardcover)
Wojciech Sadurski
R1,265 Discovery Miles 12 650 Special order

Europe has entered the 21st century in a state of growing uncertainty about the role and scope of traditional political rights. The scope of 'political rights' is a subject which has always provoked a degree of scholarly controversy, as indeed is reflected in the essays of this volume. Nonetheless, it has usually been taken as evident that the best cure for various threats to and defects of liberal democracy is more stringent rather than less stringent protection of rights such as freedom of speech, or freedom of political and other forms of association. But the global environment in which Europe finds itself has changed, and has gradually eroded these conventional wisdoms. The increased threat of terrorism on the one hand, epitomised by the events of September 11 2001, and the accession of the post-communist countries of Central and Eastern Europe with their specific political traditions on the other hand, has placed this liberal-democratic consensus under considerable stress. The essays collected in this volume reflect this stress, and search for answers to the questions raised by the changing political environment. The contributions focus on the European experience but they are placed within a wider global context in reflecting on the appropriate scope and strength of protection of political rights. Under what circumstances is 'militant democracy' - democracy which is intolerant of the enemies of democracy - a cure to the real and imagined threats, and under what circumstances does it become part of the problem? Different chapters deal variously with the theory of political rights, the rights to freedom of expression and to freedom association (focusing particularly on the topical issue of party closures), the understanding of political rights in Central and Eastern Europe and its impact on the democratization of this region, the question of political rights of minorities in this region, and finally the effectiveness of the Council of Europe's monitoring mechanisms.

Cambridge Studies in International Relations, Series Number 140 - Affective Communities in World Politics: Collective Emotions... Cambridge Studies in International Relations, Series Number 140 - Affective Communities in World Politics: Collective Emotions after Trauma (Hardcover)
Emma Hutchison
R1,879 Discovery Miles 18 790 Special order

Emotions underpin how political communities are formed and function. Nowhere is this more pronounced than in times of trauma. The emotions associated with suffering caused by war, terrorism, natural disasters, famine and poverty can play a pivotal role in shaping communities and orientating their politics. This book investigates how 'affective communities' emerge after trauma. Drawing on several case studies and an unusually broad set of interdisciplinary sources, it examines the role played by representations, from media images to historical narratives and political speeches. Representations of traumatic events are crucial because they generate socially embedded emotional meanings which, in turn, enable direct victims and distant witnesses to share the injury, as well as the associated loss, in a manner that affirms a particular notion of collective identity. While ensuing political orders often re-establish old patterns, traumatic events can also generate new 'emotional cultures' that genuinely transform national and transnational communities.

Pepper in Our Eyes - The APEC Affair (Hardcover): W. Wesley Pue Pepper in Our Eyes - The APEC Affair (Hardcover)
W. Wesley Pue
R650 Discovery Miles 6 500 Special order

In November 1997, the world media converged on Vancouver to cover the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. The major news story that emerged, however, had little to do with the crisis unfolding in the Asian economies. At the UBC campus, where the APEC leaders' meeting was held, a predictable student protest met with an unusually strong police response. A crowd of students was pepper-sprayed, along with a CBC cameraman. The dramatic video footage of the incident that appeared on the evening news shocked Canadians. The use of noxious chemicals to attack non-violent protesters somehow seemed un-Canadian. It looked more like something that police and soldiers in less democratic countries would do. Other news stories developed. Two dozen law professors wrote to Prime Minister Chretien to report that a number of serious constitutional violations that had taken place on campus. One protester, held for fourteen hours for displaying a sign saying "Free Speech," initiated legal proceedings. Other lawsuits followed. The RCMP and the government of Canada were named as defendants, and a public inquiry was launched. A central issue was whether the Prime Minister's officials gave orders of a political nature to the police that resulted in law-abiding citizens being assaulted and arrested. But why all the fuss? So what if the Prime Minister gave orders to the police? The contributors to Pepper in Our Eyes maintain that the "so what" question is of vital importance. The events at APEC raised serious questions about constitutional principle, the role of police in a democratic society, public accountability, and the effects of globalization on rights and politics. The contributors, experts in a variety of fields, draw upon their knowledge to explain - in plain English - the background issues and the values at stake. Some of the authors, such as Gerald Morin, chair of the first RCMP Public Complaints Commission, and CBC journalist Terry Milewski, had a direct connection with the APEC affair. By getting at the fundamental issues behind the APEC affair, Pepper in Our Eyes seeks to raise our civic consciousness. It shows that there was much more at stake that day than the questionable use of pepper spray.

Bitter Flowers, Sweet Flowers - East Timor, Indonesia, and the World Community (Paperback): Richard Tanter, Mark Selden,... Bitter Flowers, Sweet Flowers - East Timor, Indonesia, and the World Community (Paperback)
Richard Tanter, Mark Selden, Stephen R. Shalom
R1,001 Discovery Miles 10 010 Special order

East Timor is at last, and at terrible human cost, firmly on the road to independence. The significance of its passage to freedom-for its people, for Asia, and for the world-is manifold. This volume offers a comprehensive overview of East Timor's travail and its triumph in its international context. East Timor's independence constitutes one of the final and most poignant moments in a long and bitter history of European colonization and decolonization. For the people of East Timor, independence from Portugal in 1975 was only the beginning of a new struggle against Indonesian invaders a struggle that took the lives of 200,000 East Timorese and one that is by no means over. The case of East Timor, both during and after the Cold War, provides a litmus test for issues of international responsibility, posing questions of double standards in unusually clear-cut form. It reveals the active support by the United States and other powers for the military forces of Indonesia throughout the years of that nation's invasion and repression of East Timor, until 1998 when the collapse of the Indonesian dictatorship ushered in a new phase in the East Timorese struggle. Contributions by: Peter Bartu, Noam Chomsky, Richard Falk, Geoffrey C. Gunn, Peter Hayes, Wade Huntley, Gerry Van Klinken, Helene Van Klinken, Arnold S. Kohen, Allan Nairn, Sarah Niner, Constancio Pinto, Geoffrey Robinson, Joao Mariano Saldanha, Charles Scheiner, Mark Selden, Stephen R. Shalom, and Richard Tanter."

Memoirs of 1984 (Hardcover): Yuri Tarnopolsky Memoirs of 1984 (Hardcover)
Yuri Tarnopolsky
R1,428 Discovery Miles 14 280 Special order

A former Soviet scientist and political prisoner now living in America, Yuri Tarnopolsky tells the story of his quest to understand Russia. In 1983 he was tried on charges of defaming the Soviet system: he had become a refusenik activist who defended the right to emigrate. He spent the Orwellian year of 1984 in a Siberian labor camp, and he compares Orwell's predictions with reality. As a scientist, Tarnopolsky is interested in broader facts and generalizations. He supports the view that Soviet communism was a natural continuation of Russian history. Tarnopolsky describes the pyramidal structure of Soviet society, its origin, and gives his own interpretation of the fall of the Soviet empire and the current Russian crossroads. Scenes of life in a labor camp alternate with memories of the past, essays on the totalitarian society, Russian mentality, modern Jewish problems, references to current American reality, psychology of isolation, ideology, moral choices, freedom, social and individual evolution, order and chaos, and complexity. This book is the first memoir of its kind ever to be written originally in English and addressed to the Western reader. Also being published by University Press of America, Unfinished Journey is Nancy Rosenfeld's personal story of her involvement with the campaign to free Yuri.

Imprisoned Intellectuals - America's Political Prisoners Write on Life, Liberation, and Rebellion (Hardcover): Joy James Imprisoned Intellectuals - America's Political Prisoners Write on Life, Liberation, and Rebellion (Hardcover)
Joy James
R1,968 Discovery Miles 19 680 Special order

Prisons constitute one of the most controversial and contested sites in a democratic society. The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the industrialized world, with over 2 million people in jails, prisons, and detention centers; with over three thousand on death row, it is also one of the few developed countries that continues to deploy the death penalty. International Human Rights Organizations such as Amnesty International have also noted the scores of political prisoners in U.S. detention. This anthology examines a class of intellectuals whose analyses of U.S. society, politics, culture, and social justice are rarely referenced in conventional political speech or academic discourse. Yet this body of outlawed "public intellectuals" offers some of the most incisive analyses of our society and shared humanity. Here former and current U.S. political prisoners and activists-writers from the civil rights/black power, women's, gay/lesbian, American Indian, Puerto Rican Independence and anti-war movements share varying progressive critiques and theories on radical democracy and revolutionary struggle. This rarely-referenced "resistance literature" reflects the growing public interest in incarceration sites, intellectual and political dissent for social justice, and the possibilities of democratic transformations. Such anthologies also spark new discussions and debates about "reading"; for as Barbara Harlow notes: "Reading prison writing must. . . demand a correspondingly activist counterapproach to that of passivity, aesthetic gratification, and the pleasures of consumption that are traditionally sanctioned by the academic disciplining of literature." Barbara Harlow 1] 1. Barbara Harlow, Barred: Women, Writing, and Political Detention (New England: Wesleyan University Press, 1992). Royalties are reserved for educational initiatives on human rights and U.S. incarceration.

From Jail to Jail (Paperback): Tan Malaka From Jail to Jail (Paperback)
Tan Malaka; Translated by Helen Jarvis; Introduction by Helen Jarvis
R1,911 R1,709 Discovery Miles 17 090 Save R202 (11%) Special order

From Jail to Jail is the political autobiography of a central though enigmatic figure of the Indonesian Revolution. Variously labeled a communist, Trotskyite, and nationalist, Tan Malaka managed, during the several decades of his political activity, to run afoul of nearly every political group and faction involved in the Indonesian struggle for independence. Malaka was elected Chairman of the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) in 1921 and barely five years later opposed the PKI-led uprising in Indonesia. He openly opposed Sukarno's support for negotiations with the Dutch, yet Sukarno issued a decree in 1963 recognizing Tan Malaka as a hero of national independence. During his several decades of political activity he spent periods of exile and hiding in nearly every country in Southeast Asia. From Jail to Jail is one of the few known autobiographies by an Asian Marxist of the 1930's and 1940's.

The Ego Ideal, Ideology and Hallucination - A Psychoanalytic Interpretation of Political Violence (Paperback, New): Shin Kim... The Ego Ideal, Ideology and Hallucination - A Psychoanalytic Interpretation of Political Violence (Paperback, New)
Shin Kim Yong
R951 Discovery Miles 9 510 Special order

What does the theory of the ego ideal and its embodiment in ideology reveal about the nature, motives and objectives of political violence? What is the relation between the individual and the group? The author focuses specifically on the Korean student movement and the attitudes of students and their leaders. This book provides some new perspectives on political violence, the socio-psychological phenomena that is increasing throughout the world. Contents: Introduction; Theories of Political Violence; An Alternative Theoretical Framework for Psychoanalytic Interpretation of Political Violence; Deconstructing the Oedipus Complex; The Oedipus Complex and the Ego Ideal in Confucian Society; Understanding of Political Violence in Korea; Conclusion.

Inside the Maze - The Untold Story of the Northern Ireland Prison Service (Paperback, New edition): Chris Ryder Inside the Maze - The Untold Story of the Northern Ireland Prison Service (Paperback, New edition)
Chris Ryder
R213 R175 Discovery Miles 1 750 Save R38 (18%) Special order

In 2000, Northern Ireland's Maze Prison shut down after the release of the last terrorist prisoners. First published as the prison closed, "Inside the Maze" reveals the story of one of the worst battlegrounds of the Ulster troubles, and examines how Northern Ireland's prison system - the "third front" after the RUC and the army - has survived the years of conflict and made its mark on the province's history. The book records how the Northern Ireland Prison Service struggled to cope with the volatile forces it had to contain. After the outbreak of the Troubles in 1968 the hastily built Maze became a university of terrorism, formenting the confrontations and violence it was intended to control. Ten inmates died in the hunger strike of 1981, and two years later 38 prisoners broke out in the largest ever prison escape. Yet against all odds, and despite the continual terrorist threat, the prison that symbolized the Troubles at last became an arena for negotiations and a powerhouse for peace. Including revealing interviews with the former terrorists and members of the prison service, and with a new foreword to take account of developments since hardback publication, the book aims to offe

True Crimes - Rodolfo Walsh and the Role of the Intellectual in Latin American Politics (Paperback): Michael McCaughan True Crimes - Rodolfo Walsh and the Role of the Intellectual in Latin American Politics (Paperback)
Michael McCaughan; Foreword by Eduardo Galeano
R293 Discovery Miles 2 930 Special order

Rodolfo Walsh was a writer of crime novels, a tireless investigative journalist who uncovered real political crimes, an instant historian of a turbulent and violent era in Argentinian and Latin American politics. He was in Cuba in 1960, participating in setting up the first revolutionary press service in Latin America, "Prensa Latina", when a coded telex arrived in their offices by mistake. After sleepless nights and with one cryptography manual, Walsh deciphered the plans for the US invasion of Cuba being planned in Guatemala by the CIA. Walsh was active in the Montonero guerrilla in Argentina, co-ordinating information and intelligence work. In that capacity he made public the existence of ESMA, the Naval Mechanics School which was the main military torture centre. In his own name he wrote an Open Letter to the Military Junta, a year from the coup and a day before his death, denouncing the dirty war. He was gunned down in the streets of Buenos Aires by a military death squad. This is an account of Rudolfo Walsh's life. It includes extended excerpts from his varied writings.

Memory's Turn - Reckoning with Dictatorship in Brazil (Paperback): Rebecca J. Atencio Memory's Turn - Reckoning with Dictatorship in Brazil (Paperback)
Rebecca J. Atencio
R704 Discovery Miles 7 040 Special order

After twenty-one years of military dictatorship, Brazil returned to democratic rule in 1985. Yet over the following two decades, the country largely ignored human rights crimes committed by state security agents, crimes that included the torture, murder, and disappearance of those who opposed the authoritarian regime. In clear and engaging prose, Rebecca J. Atencio tells the story of the slow turn to memory in Brazil, a turn that has taken place in both politics and in cultural production. She shows how testimonial literature, telenovelas, literary novels, theatrical plays, and memorials have interacted with policies adopted by the Brazilian state, often in unexpected ways. Under the right circumstances, official and cultural forms of reckoning combine in Brazil to produce what Atencio calls cycles of cultural memory. Novel meanings of the past are forged, and new cultural works are inspired, thus creating the possibility for further turns in the cycle. The first book to analyze Brazil's reckoning with dictatorship through both institutional and cultural means, Memory's Turn is a rich, informative exploration of the interplay between these different modes of memory reconstruction.

Imprisoned Intellectuals - America's Political Prisoners Write on Life, Liberation, and Rebellion (Paperback): Joy James Imprisoned Intellectuals - America's Political Prisoners Write on Life, Liberation, and Rebellion (Paperback)
Joy James
R689 Discovery Miles 6 890 Special order

Prisons constitute one of the most controversial and contested sites in a democratic society. The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the industrialized world, with over 2 million people in jails, prisons, and detention centers; with over three thousand on death row, it is also one of the few developed countries that continues to deploy the death penalty. International Human Rights Organizations such as Amnesty International have also noted the scores of political prisoners in U.S. detention. This anthology examines a class of intellectuals whose analyses of U.S. society, politics, culture, and social justice are rarely referenced in conventional political speech or academic discourse. Yet this body of outlawed 'public intellectuals' offers some of the most incisive analyses of our society and shared humanity. Here former and current U.S. political prisoners and activists-writers from the civil rights/black power, women's, gay/lesbian, American Indian, Puerto Rican Independence and anti-war movements share varying progressive critiques and theories on radical democracy and revolutionary struggle. This rarely-referenced 'resistance literature' reflects the growing public interest in incarceration sites, intellectual and political dissent for social justice, and the possibilities of democratic transformations. Such anthologies also spark new discussions and debates about 'reading'; for as Barbara Harlow notes: 'Reading prison writing must. . . demand a correspondingly activist counterapproach to that of passivity, aesthetic gratification, and the pleasures of consumption that are traditionally sanctioned by the academic disciplining of literature.' Barbara Harlow 1] 1. Barbara Harlow, Barred: Women, Writing, and Political Detention (New England: Wesleyan University Press, 1992). Royalties are reserved for educational initiatives on human rights and U.S. incarceration.

The Anatomy of Terror - Political Violence under Stalin (Hardcover): James A. Harris The Anatomy of Terror - Political Violence under Stalin (Hardcover)
James A. Harris
R2,271 Discovery Miles 22 710 Special order

Stalin's Terror of the 1930s has long been a popular subject for historians. However, while for decades, historians were locked in a narrow debate about the degree of central control over the terror process, recent archival research is underpinning new, innovative approaches and opening new perspectives. Historians have begun to explore the roots of the Terror in the heritage of war and mass repression in the late Imperial and early Soviet periods; in the regime's focus not just on former "oppositionists," wreckers and saboteurs, but also on crime and social disorder; and in the common European concern to identify and isolate "undesirable" elements. Recent studies have examined in much greater depth and detail the precipitants and triggers that turned a determination to protect the Revolution into a ferocious mass repression.
The Anatomy of Terror is an edited volume which brings together the work of the leading historians in the field, presenting not only the latest developments in the subject, but also the latest evolution of the debate. The sixteen chapters are divided into eight themes, with some themes reflecting the diversity of sources, methodologies and angles of approach, others showing stark differences of opinion. This opens up the field of study to further research, and this volume will proof indispensable for historians of political violence and of the era of Stalinist Terror.

The Ego Ideal, Ideology and Hallucination - A Psychoanalytic Interpretation of Political Violence (Hardcover, New): Shin Kim... The Ego Ideal, Ideology and Hallucination - A Psychoanalytic Interpretation of Political Violence (Hardcover, New)
Shin Kim Yong
R1,321 Discovery Miles 13 210 Special order

What does the theory of the ego ideal and its embodiment in ideology reveal about the nature, motives and objectives of political violence? What is the relation between the individual and the group? The author focuses specifically on the Korean student movement and the attitudes of students and their leaders. This book provides some new perspectives on political violence, the socio-psychological phenomena that is increasing throughout the world. Contents: Introduction; Theories of Political Violence; An Alternative Theoretical Framework for Psychoanalytic Interpretation of Political Violence; Deconstructing the Oedipus Complex; The Oedipus Complex and the Ego Ideal in Confucian Society; Understanding of Political Violence in Korea; Conclusion.

Cutting Off the Serpent's Head - Tightening Control in Tibet, 1994-1995 (Paperback): Human Rights Watch Cutting Off the Serpent's Head - Tightening Control in Tibet, 1994-1995 (Paperback)
Human Rights Watch
R301 R272 Discovery Miles 2 720 Save R29 (10%) Special order
The Rhetoric of Genocide - Death as a Text (Hardcover): Ben Voth The Rhetoric of Genocide - Death as a Text (Hardcover)
Ben Voth
R1,425 Discovery Miles 14 250 Special order

Genocide represents one of the deadliest scourges of the human experience. Communication practices provide the key missing ingredient toward preventing and ending this intensely symbolic activity. The Rhetoric of Genocide: Death as a Text reveals how strategic communication silences make this tragedy probable, and how a greater social ethic for communication openness repels and ends this great evil. Careful analysis of practical historical figures, such as the great debater James Farmer Jr., along with empirical policy successes in places such as Liberia provide a communication-based template for ridding the world of genocide in the twenty-first century.

The Rebecca Code - Rommel's Spy in North Africa and Operation Kondor (Paperback): Mark Simmons The Rebecca Code - Rommel's Spy in North Africa and Operation Kondor (Paperback)
Mark Simmons 1
R210 R172 Discovery Miles 1 720 Save R38 (18%) Special order

Researched using previously unstudied MI5 and MI6 files, this study reveals the part played by Count Laszlo Almasy, the protagonist of the film "The English Patient"

John Eppler thought himself to be the perfect spy. Born to German parents, he grew up in Egypt, adopted by a wealthy family and was educated in Europe. Fluent in German, English, and Arabic, he made the Hadj to Mecca but was more at home in high society or traveling the desert on camelback with his adopted Bedouin tribe. After joining the German Secret Service in 1937, in 1942 he was sent across the desert to Cairo by Field Marshal Rommel. His guide was the explorer and Hungarian aristocrat Laszlo Almasy, a man made famous by the book "The English Patient." Eppler's mission was to infiltrate British Army Headquarters and discover the Eighth Army's troop movements and battle plans. This book reveals the story of Operation Condor and its comedy of errors and how it was foiled by Major A.W. "Sammy" Sansom of the British Field Security Service. It is a tale of the desert, of the hotbed of intrigue that was 1940s Cairo, and the spy who was to send his reports using a code based on Daphne du Maurier's novel "Rebecca."

Bitter Flowers, Sweet Flowers - East Timor, Indonesia, and the World Community (Hardcover): Richard Tanter, Mark Selden,... Bitter Flowers, Sweet Flowers - East Timor, Indonesia, and the World Community (Hardcover)
Richard Tanter, Mark Selden, Stephen R. Shalom
R2,067 Discovery Miles 20 670 Special order

East Timor is at last, and at terrible human cost, firmly on the road to independence. The significance of its passage to freedom-for its people, for Asia, and for the world-is manifold. This volume offers a comprehensive overview of East Timor's travail and its triumph in its international context. East Timor's independence constitutes one of the final and most poignant moments in a long and bitter history of European colonization and decolonization. For the people of East Timor, independence from Portugal in 1975 was only the beginning of a new struggle against Indonesian invaders a struggle that took the lives of 200,000 East Timorese and one that is by no means over. The case of East Timor, both during and after the Cold War, provides a litmus test for issues of international responsibility, posing questions of double standards in unusually clear-cut form. It reveals the active support by the United States and other powers for the military forces of Indonesia throughout the years of that nation's invasion and repression of East Timor, until 1998 when the collapse of the Indonesian dictatorship ushered in a new phase in the East Timorese struggle. Contributions by: Peter Bartu, Noam Chomsky, Richard Falk, Geoffrey C. Gunn, Peter Hayes, Wade Huntley, Gerry Van Klinken, Helene Van Klinken, Arnold S. Kohen, Allan Nairn, Sarah Niner, Constancio Pinto, Geoffrey Robinson, Joao Mariano Saldanha, Charles Scheiner, Mark Selden, Stephen R. Shalom, and Richard Tanter."

Robben Island to Wall Street - My Life (Paperback, New): Gaby Magomola Robben Island to Wall Street - My Life (Paperback, New)
Gaby Magomola
R644 Discovery Miles 6 440 Special order

Dr Gaby Magomola's book reflects on a critical time in the history of South Africa. Taking broad lyrical strides across various major crucial epochs in the history of this country, Gaby offers an insider's view of a number of key events. During the 1960s, the country was in the grip of various uprisings leading to the Sharpeville massacre, and the arrest and incarceration of various leaders and activists of the day, including the young Gaby. Some years later, the Soweto uprisings followed; while during the 80s and early 90s the repressive reign of PW Botha prevailed - which later ended with the subsequent demise of Apartheid. A wide range of events are aptly captured in this brave book - vivid descriptions of his life as a young man, his involvement in the struggle and his adult life as a businessman in the new South Africa. Readers will enjoy sharing his journey to various places which had shaped his life, from the Bekkersdal township, to Robben Island, then moving on to Mabopane township, swiftly over to the United States and then, thankfully for his compatriots in South Africa, back to Johannesburg. This true account is a significant contribution to documenting life in Apartheid South Africa. In looking wider than the inside of Robben Island, as one of South Africa's most symbolic centers of incarceration during the dark days of Apartheid, Gaby Magomola elevates this personal story to a life-affirming tale of courage and hope for all generations. In overcoming historical injustices and having dealt with a painful personal history in a courageous manner, Gaby tells a gripping story which will serve to encourage a new generation of business leaders. He generously shares his life strategies which led to his survival within and triumph over a business world that was hostile to black people. He endured a harsh prison life at the tender age of nineteen; he navigated the steep climb from a casual labourer to a global career in banking. On his return to South Africa, he made a pioneering effort to set up new business ventures. Such highlights form the lifeblood of a bold and enduring narrative. Gaby Magomola is a man with an indomitable spirit, who made his presence felt on Robben Island, much in the same manner as he did later in the business arena locally and abroad. With his determined effort at raising the morale during his incarceration, Gaby and his trumpet was virtually the Island's Pied Piper, and small wonder then that he was the first person allowed to keep a musical instrument. In the same manner as his music stirred hearts, this book will serve to inspire generations to come.

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