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Alchemy for Women lSingly getting recalled from his post in September 2008 with only months to go to end of term as president of the countryIndeed Gilder states unambiguously his disappointment at the events thus This is not the ANC we grew up in mfo I don t know this ANC What happened to the discipline that was drummed into us in the camps What happened to the commitment to the struggle Nowadays it sike everyone is in it for themselves This is not the ANC of Oliver Tambo p15Further down the book p437 Gilder clearly reflects his enduring state of unhappiness in his hypothetical even prayerful note to former cadre colleague and friend the Alchemy Martial Supreme late Mduduzo Guma aka Comrade Manoba ANCSACP Conuerer Ntswana uMkhonto WesizweThe second thing I was to raise with you Comrade is some uestions What do you make of the new South Africa we have built Does it even approximate the South Africa we dreamed about in the Coffee And our movement You see this fight between comrades Thabo and JZ Does it make sense to you From where you are can you see into the future Will we ever get over thisThese expressions are of course effervescently blunted of their potentially explosive true nature and possible impact by a precursor p3 thus If you opened this book in the hope of enjoying the confidences of a disillusioned cadre of the South Africaniberation movement close it put it downThe author is not a disaffected intelligence officer exposing the secrets with which he was entrusted in revenge for wrongs done to himAs if you and I would know a disclosed secret if we spotted one despite the blatant perhaps unnecessary denial Gilder bluntly acknowledges the specific situation p18 as a wound across my mind and my personal history Not a disillusioned cadre It s unashamedly wide open for discussion UMSHINI WAM MAKES NO SENSE IN SCRIPT A EVENTS MAP DOESIn telling the story Gilder the artist musician apparently noted for his incredible guitar skills regularly breaks into a song virtually all of them Nicholas Flamels First Codex liberation struggle songs This is the part I hate most in the book because while I am absolutely certain that these are great songs by a very able artist keen to share I can t for theife of me hear a darn thing He rather than be rhythmic and Alien loud Barry is mute and starring yet I don t read music I am only able toisten to itFor consolation though I take great delight in Gilder s passion of interspersing his narration also with related and unrelated country and world historical events neatly mapped with dates to boot A great source of reference for anyone with interest in such matters Ah now that I also remember in his first year or so in exile Gilder was by his own account p26 apparently tasked to investigate an organisation called Okhela ostensibly a white wing of the ANC established and ed by Breyten Breytenbach I do not recall that he ever accomplished the taskEnd Apartheid coloured my ife from birth to 1994 when I was 41 years old However the enfranchised South Africa is still very much the old South Africa in so many respects with a African American Literature in Transition, 1830-1850 largely unrepentant previously privileged group and many old racists simply continuing as before withiberal racists from that time joining the ranks of the old racists Then we have many racists being proudly racist but hail from among the ranks of the new voters It s a powder keg So when I read that a white South African contemporary had refused to serve in the neo Nazi SADF and instead joined MK I was astounded I hoped he would go into depth as to why he took *THIS EXTREME STEP SONGS AND SECRETS *extreme step Songs and Secrets an amazing journey by an idealistic young South African NUSAS executive who volunteered to serve #IN THE ANC TRENCHES RAN THE GAUNTLET OF APARTHEID #the ANC trenches ran the gauntlet of Apartheid and assassins then had to serve with those who had tried to keep Mandela and others incarcerated and had been trying very hard to kill him Gilder gave me very valuable insight into an history which was censored during the fascist era and he has crystallised so much that was puzzling about the new era One sees that far South Africans even among the votelesswere pro Apartheid than we ever realised Far people at one time or the other were traitors and spies and betrayed our human rights anti apartheid cause than I realised And sadly many of those people have a great deal of power even today And they exercise that power Barry has written a brave and perceptive book which I really enjoyed reading Thank you Mr Gilder Your book is invaluable I need to read it again and write a further review SONGS SECRETS BARRY GILDER ISBN 978 1 4314 0436 0 In the mold of those notably the white accused in the Rivonia Treason Trial who were prepared to forego their ife of privilege to ensure that blacks in South Africa did not become prepared to forego their ife of privilege to ensure that blacks in South Africa did not become new Jews comes Barry Gilder With his Wits University education and Lithuanian BWWM (Interracial African American Billionaire Baby Romance Marriage Urban) 40 (Interracial African American Billionaire Baby Romance Marriage Urban) 40: Billionaires Secret Baby (Interracial African American Romance Urban Baby Romance Short Stories) lineage he could have had a comfortableife under the old order But because he hated apartheid than any other thing he threw in his Spare the Child: The Religious Roots of Punishment and the Psychological Impact of Physical Abuse lot with the black army Umkhonto we Siwe MK the ANC military wing He writes here about hisife in the camps of the Managing Activism A Guide to Dealing with Activists and Pressure Groups liberation movement in Angola Botswana Zambia Britain and military training in the old USSR The book details his return to the country after the unbanning and the process of building a new South Africa out of the ruins of the old Shunted around from one top post to the other in intelligence and Home Affairs he claims this is not the autobiography of a disillusioned cadre of the ANC He claims he s no disaffected intelligence officer But when you read about howike an expendable chess piece he was moved around you get a sense the disclaimer in the Author s Note is disingenuous His relationship with his political principal at Home Affairs then Nosiviwe Mapisa Nakula and exile buddy turned intelligence nemesis Billy Masetlha attest to a torment that pushed Gilder into early retirement two months shy of Polokwane 2007 The alacrity to return to the Faith Into Action: Thoughts on Selected Topics limelight after being offered theifeline by Joel Netshitenzhe speaks to a man who had unfinished business in his service to party and state Call it what you may Mr Gilder it is still an autobiography a good one It demystifies the spook and makes you human a mere mortal who falls in and out of Alien Generals Chosen Brion Brides love weds and di. Enmity Was it the beginning of the break up of the broad church that the ANC had become to unite all forces in the struggle against apartheid Or did the rootsie in the global dynamic that allowed South Africa its freedom as the Cold War cooledWritten in an anecdotal and cinematic style Songs and Secrets explores these uestions through the viewfinder of a former high ranking member of the ANC's secret intelligence wing It. ,

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Vorces and is the father of three ovely girls wwwmakatilemediacom Being a Dane with an interest in the struggle for freedom and democracy in South Africa I have just read Barry Gilder s Songs and Secrets which I highly recommend to others It gives a vivid and first hand insight into the struggle against apartheid and for democracy from 1976 where the story begins with the author going into exile as a young freedom fighter of Jewish descent This book has filled a gap for me because I have only followed the political development in South Africa after 1994 in the media and on a few visits More than half of the book is devoted to the time after the ANC won the election in 1994 and Nelson Mandela became President Thus the book is unfolding the exciting story about the struggle to turn South Africa around Barry Gilder s pen is as well tuned and melodious as his guitar and his songs A young white singer mobilising his fellow students on campus against apartheid Gilder has done his compulsory 9 months military service in the apartheid army but a few months before the 1976 Soweto uprising he refuses a call up which would almost certainly Alcohol Fuel: A Guide to Making and Using Ethanol as a Renewable Fuel lead him to fight on the wrong side in Angola He has to go into exile where he is accepted in the ANC and chooses to join the armed struggle The book starts strongly with a flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg during which Gilder and an old comrade from struggle days painfully exchange their feelings about present day problems in the ANC their silences filled withyrical descriptions of the Uprising Emerge Series landscapes they fly over In part I Gilder then describes his 15 years in theiberation struggle his socialisation in Umkhonto we Sizwe the armed wing of the ANC training in a guerilla camp in Angola intelligence training in Moscow and underground work mainly in Botswana Part II covers his return to South Africa till his retirement in from government service mainly in intelligence and the ANC s 100th anniversary in 2012 Extensive footnotes ensure the story is as fascinating to anyone not familiar with the subject as to someone who has also been involved in the Greenes Farevvell to Follie Sent to Courtiers and Scholers, as a President to Warne Them from the Vaine Delights, That Drawes Youth on to Repentance. 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(1617) liberation struggle and stays close to post apartheid South Africaike myself Knowing a number of the people and situations Barry Gilder writes about and having read many comrades memoirs this book is one of the best Reading was often reliving my own experience reliving the words sounds and smells the comradeship adrenaline and the awful but vital suspiciousness the pain of Dare To Be Hero loss the successes deceptions and next projects brief all the intensity of the years of struggle and the ANC in exile ofife in the middle of the turbulent stream of History Then the years after victory that we had imagined differently ignoring what older wiser comrades told us it would be another even harder and protracted struggle And although noone could have foreseen the very different situation South Africa and the world finds itself in since 1994 that is the new struggle Gilder paints in fine sensitive Sedition and Alchemy: A Biography of John Cale lines without allowing himself or the reader to give up andose sight of the horizon Gilder feels the soul of the ANC very much alive at its 100th anniversary celebrations Today we are a movement not a political party not a government We are the indefatigable flow of the river of history the waters that propel us forward drawing their strength and their momentum from their sources in the mountains far behind us driving us ever forward to that peaceful calm bountiful ocean we promised ourselves our people our children I was born in exile of parents who eft South Africa in the early sixties So I identify with much of this story which tells of the author s departure from South Africa as a young man to go *Into Exile Rather Than Serve In The Despised South African *exile rather than serve in the despised South African against Angola The story traces his journey from his beloved Cape Town I ook up at the mountains and suck the image in right down into the deepest and most retentive part of my memory and my soul I close my eyes and practice recalling the image I open them again to check my memory I close them again I resolve to carry this image into exile as my asting image of home And I do For fifteen years through to his time in the MK camps in Angola Now I feel ike a guerilla I desperately wish I could have an AK to Indiras Objective Agronomy MCQs for Agricultural Competitive Examinations lay astride myap finger on the trigger eyes peeled for a UNITA or SADF ambush intelligence training in Moscow and as an underground operative in BotswanaKey incidents in the history of the struggle abroad such as the bombing of ANC members in Gaborone the betrayal by the spy Craig Williamson in Geneva are brought to ife by Gilder in his fast paced account of his incredible adventure He tells his story with compassion for those around him but humour at his own predicaments such as when he was arrested and deported from Gaborone ooking A New Reader's Guide to African Literature like a tramp since theast thing he expected was as when he was arrested and deported from Gaborone Story Alchemy Authors Craft Book 2 lookingike a tramp since the Oral and Written Poetry in African Literature Today last thing he expected waseave the country without packing a bagThe author demonstrates in a dry but poignant manner the BWWM (Interracial African American Billionaire Baby Romance Marriage Urban) 89 (Interracial African American Billionaire Baby Romance Marriage Urban) 89: Billionaires Secret Baby (BWWM Interracial African American Romance Urban Baby Romance Short Stories) level of sacrifice and integrity that was shown by comrades during the struggle At one point he speaks of hiseader s removal from office as head of security and intelligence and of the stoic response shown by the Digital Griots leader as his removal is publicly announced The author notes Iearned my key The Handbook of Academic Writing lesson ineadership to be a good eader you need to be a good follower Later the author s own marriage disintegrates as does his new relationship He spends just one paragraph describing his feelings finishing withBut these were mere personal misfortunes irrelevant to the broader sweep of global and regional fortunesA musician before he became a freedom fighter music is reflected in the rhythm of the writing the even fast pace the evocative metaphors as when the author describes the inauguration of President MandelaHistory has paused as if the whole of the people of South Africa have been struggling their way up the side of a steep mountain and have finally arrived at the top and as one catch their breath and stare with wonder at the vista that unfolds before themThis is a great book which I d recommend to anyone who wants to better understand the history of South Africa both before and after 1994 and have an exciting ride while doing it. Follows the author into the ANC's military camps in Angola; to Moscow for spycraft training; to the underground in Botswana and into eadership positions in the administration of the new government Gilder's frank memoir explores the personal political psychological and historical realities that gave birth to the new South Africa in particular the oft ignored conditions in which the ANC government tried to turn apartheid arou.

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Songs and SecretsCould not put it down Fascinating and riveting It took me a while to read this book but i thoroughly enjoyed itso much rich history of our country s past I oved Barry Gliders Rethinking American Womens Activism life story i would recommend it for anyone who is interested in where we come from a country This is a wonderful book Gilder s modesty is refreshing given the propensity of memoirists to glorify their own roles His generosity toward the foibles of his colleagues in the struggle is really uite moving His message about how hard it is to maintain a committed course when the many distractions of personal interest rival for individuals the importance of the general struggle afteriberation is sobering but offers a good explanation of what appear to be ANC mis steps Gilder s techniue of interspersing his story with contemporary international events is terrific It successfully puts the ANC s struggle into historical context countering the tendency of historical narratives to proceed in isolation Gilder deserves thanks and admiration for his participation in and reflections on South Africa s and the ANC s astounding stories 50 out of 5 stars 150 out of 5 stars5 star1 4 star03 star02 star01 star0 See the customer reviewShare your thoughts with other customersWrite a customer reviewMost Helpful Customer Reviews50 out of 5 stars uniue insider account of SA revolution and post apartheid governance April 7 2013By Robin BFormatHardcoverIt is rare in one Sustainable Agriculture lifetime to go from normal suburban childhood to hippy folkie to guerrilla revolutionary to super spy in an elected government but that s Barry Gilderife arcIts even rarer to have this Articles on Agricultural Writers Including life written down in such a credible and thoughtful way Maybe the Russian French and American revolutions had their Barry Gilders If so I haven t read those booksSongs and Secrets is one of those niche books about a niche region that will probably disappear But it is an incredible story about one of the great human mass victories of theast 100 years The transformation of one of the most humiliating and well armed regimes in the sorry history of global racism into a pretty high functioning democratic state in a continent that is almost dependant on South Africa succeedingThe role of a small minority of whites who fought apartheid not with placards and wine boycotts but with their hearts souls and bodies many of them jewish and communist was absolutely critical in the strategy and strength of the anti apartheid struggle Joe Slovo Wolfie Kodesh Ruth First Albie Sachs and Ronnie Kasrils were the better known names but guys Green Patriot Posters like Barry Gilder worked in the trenches undercover at enormous personal risk There are sections of this book Gilder in wintry Moscow undergoing spy training Gilder the only white guy in an Angolan MK camp Gilder in charge of military ops right under the noses of the apartheid beasts in Gaberone Botswana that readike a movie that Hollywood would never makeHalfway through the book apartheid suddenly ends and you think the excitement is over But Gilder is inducted into the re shaping of the security and intelligence functions of the new South African government and what follows is the best eye witness first person account of why that story has been such a disappointment to people who though the end of apartheid was the end of injustice racial suspicion and apartheid manipulationsNow the man is retired and sailing his boat around South AfricaOnly a seadog could have a yarn My Hero Academia - Ultra Analysis like this Five stars A white man South African or otherwise involved in a black people siberation struggle back in the day always aroused curiosity sometimes bordering on heightened suspicion on the one side and deep resentment on the other It was far worse for one who developed into a spy or for palatability et s call it an intelligence officer for the movementWithout let s call it an intelligence officer for the movementWithout the situation was for all intents and purposes always a simple one of them and us whites in general and non whites in their massesIn 469 pages excluding his notes Barry Gilder s book Songs and Secrets South Africa from Liberation to Governance seeks in one perspective to explain the contradictions and his personal motivation In another it narrates a common experience of activist cadres in the South Africa s almost century ong iberation struggle movement and central to which was the African National Congress and the South African Communist PartyBorn to a Jewish family in 1950 and at 26 fled the country of his birth to join the ANC in exile his entry point being Botswana Gilder in the book exudes a celebratory mood that in many ways seeks to justify his decision on 16 January 1976 to abandon a privileged ife of a white to justify his decision on 16 January 1976 to abandon a privileged The Real Ebonics Debate life of a white in Cape Town and Johannesburg However in the main he shares with mixed emotions in a simpleanguage the experiences with and insights into the ANC When Action Follows Heart lediberation movement that Almost Alchemy led to the first democratic elections in 1994 and its aftermath in the period he served in government up to 2007Within this narration emerges a web of issues some personal others organisational ranging from poverty and richness of relationships established dogged commitments and resilience under extremely tough conditions in exile aggravated occasionally by spells of inept management bereft of coherenteadership to strategy and tactics some dangerously haphazard employed by the ANC and allies in establishing order in a chaotic new democratic state made all the difficult by one key factor English for Academic Correspondence and Socializing lack of basic trust between parties previously adversariesThat the ANC and its allies seemed to have been taken by surprise by the Apartheid regime sudden about turn in theate 80 s this despite it boasting an intelligence network in which Gilder served never mind clear pointers to a change of course marked by informal talks including South Africa s business 食戟のソーマ 10 leaders made early days of governance of the new democratic state that difficult it emergesInterestingly Gilder also does not shy away from expressing feelings about the pathetic suabble my description that ensued within the ANC Alliance in the period 2005 2008 over former President Thabo Mbeki and his then deputy and current organisation and country President Jacob Zuma and whiched to the former eventually embarras. A decade into its hard won democracy South Africa and its ruling party the ANC have been through turbulent times Confrontation between Thabo Mbeki and his then deputy Jacob Zuma; the dismissal of Zuma as Deputy; Zuma's defeat of Mbeki in ANC presidential elections and the recall of Mbeki as South African president are events that Polluted! My Sober Journey left many ANC cadres politically and emotionally aghast Were these events the result of personal.

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