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Book Title: Ragged Glory|
The author of the book: Ray Hartley
Edition: Jonathan Ball Publishers
Date of issue: August 15th 2014
ISBN 13: 9781868425563
Format files: PDF
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South Africa will have been a free nation for 20 years in 2014.
This is the story of how three men – Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma – tried to shape its destiny in very different ways.
Mandela helped usher in a new democracy with the formulation of one of the best constitutions in the world. But his leadership was not without its flaws as, under his watch, the first seeds of corruption were sown by the predatory elite.
Mbeki brought a dark, complicated personality to the presidency and abandoned Mandela’s consultative approach for a more confrontational one. His focus on building South Africa’s economy was his greatest success but his failure to seriously address the AIDS epidemic in South Africa was an embarrassment and a tragedy.
Jacob Zuma’s presidency saw the rise of a chauvinistic elite which questioned the very foundations of the new South Africa and its constitution. Under him, a new, arrogant, security elite began to roll back the human rights culture.
Ray Hartley, by focusing on the ups and downs of three presidencies, has created a rich, complex narrative. In two turbulent decades, South Africa has won its place at the table of free nations, but has lost its moral authority.
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Read information about the authorRay Hartley attended Queens College and Rhodes University, graduating with a BA Honours degree. He worked as an administrator at the constitutional negotiations, which ended apartheid. He has covered the unfolding drama of the new South Africa as a political correspondent who travelled extensively with Mandela and Mbeki and as the editor of South Africa’s largest newspaper, The Sunday Times, during the Zuma era. Hartley was the founding editor of The Times newspaper and was the editor of the book How To Fix South Africa, a collection of essays by leaders on employment creation.
Ray is the author Ragged Glory - The Rainbow Nation in Black and White, and The Big Fix - How South Africa Stole the 2010 World Cup
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