Book Ideas for the Men in Your Life

Don’t  you just sometimes feel the urge to shove a book into a dude’s hand to just get him reading something? Check out these book ideas for the men in your life.

Thomas Sankara Speaks (R160)

Thomas Isidore Noël Sankara was a Burkinabé military captain, Marxist revolutionary, pan-Africanist theorist, feminist, and President of Burkina Faso from 1983 to 1987. Viewed by supporters as a charismatic and iconic figure of revolution, he is commonly referred to as “Africa’s Che Guevara”. This book is based on speeches and interviews from 1983 until his killing in 1987. Under Thomas Sankara, the revolutionary government of Burkina Faso mobilized women and youth to carry out literacy and immunization drives to sink wells, plant trees, build dams, erect housing to combat the oppression of women and transform exploitative relations on the land to free themselves. 

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Broke and Broken by Leon Sadiki and Lucas Ledwaba (R165)

Through a combination of reporting and photojournalism,the book is divided into three parts.  Leon Sadiki and Lucas Ledwaba describe the lives and lived experiences  of individual miners and their families. This book explores one of Southern Africa’s tragedies and it is told by the men from Pondoland and Lesotho, the labour reserves that oiled the gold mining industry.

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Nothing Left To Steal by Mzilikazi wa Afrika (R235)

If guy is an avid reader on the politics and day-to-day scandals in SA, then this is a good book to get him. Nothing Left To Steal is a tell-all detailed memoir of Sunday Times journalist Mzilikazi wa Afrika’s exposure of the R1.7 billion lease scandal between the then Police Commissioner Bheki Cele and property tycoon Roux Shabangu. Destined to defend and uphold the principles of democracy, his story is the inspiring tale of an ordinary man, armed with a pen, who challenged the proverbial giant that carried a sword in his sheath.

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 Pushing Boulders by Athol Williams (R240)

Pushing Boulders is about pursuing dreams.  It tells a powerful and inspirational story that will have your partner believing that even his most outrageous dreams are possible. Athol Williams tells of how, after struggling through university, political unrest and racism, he managed to construct a lucrative career as a senior executive and found a successful business.  It offers readers an insight into the life of an accomplished person, revealing his doubts and heartaches as well as the secrets to his ability to pick himself up and soldier on. At the height of his successful career he gives it all up to launch a series of enterprises contributing to social development, pursuing his mission to use education to enable and inspire other South Africans to thrive.

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Vuyo’s: From a Big Dreamer to Living the Dream by Miles Kubheka (R135)

Remember the Hansa rags-to-riches television advert of an entrepreneur named Vuyo who starts selling boerewors rolls and grows it into a billion-rand global business? When Miles Kubhka realised that Vuyo was fictitious he promptly trademarked the name and became Vuyo.   He starts a business with a small boerewors cart and ultimately owns a big company called Vuyo’s Original Wors. The business flourishes to become a big brand and eventually goes international. In his book, Kubheka shares insights and tips for budding entrepreneurs to achieve their own dreams of business success.

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To Quote Myself – A Memoir (R160)

In To Quote Myself, Khaya recounts entertaining and moving stories about his roots and upbringing in rural Transkei, how he made his mark at school as well as his time spent studying advertising and as a stand-up comedian. He also shares his political views, how he overcame homelessness to become one of the most influential marketers in South Africa and he gives the reader a dose of the truly weird and wonderful that is routinely a part of his life.

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Easy Motion Tourist by Lele Adenle (R250)

Easy Motion Tourist is a compelling crime novel set in contemporary Lagos.  A woman’s mutilated body is discarded by the side of a club near one of the main hotels in Victoria Island. Guy Collins, a British hack a bystander, is picked up by the police as a potential suspect. After experiencing the unpleasant realities of a Nigerian police cell, he is rescued by Amaka, the good ‘Samaritan’ for Lagos working girls. She assumes Collins will broadcast the city’s witchcraft and body parts trade and is dragged in the hunt for men who runs a peculiar body parts trade. The blurb for Easy Motion Tourist describes it as ‘Tarantino lands in Lagos.’ 

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Permanent Removal by Alan Cowell (R205)

Permanent Removal is a political thriller of gruesome murders. The South African security forces set up a roadblock to intercept a car near the city of Port Elizabeth. Two of the four anti-apartheid activists in the car were secretly targeted for assassination. The police abducted the four and murdered them in cold blood. Their burnt bodies were found later near the Port Elizabeth suburb of Bluewater Bay. These murders are one of apartheid’s murkiest episodes. 

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Indaba, My Children by Credo Mutwa (R235)

Indaba, My children is an introduction to African history and cultural practices. Credo Mutwa explains about Africa and her people, the different migrations of years before;  the symbols in African art and cultural practices. The story continues all the way up to the colonial era, when a Portuguese Kapitanoh and his crew arrive on the African shore. Indaba, My Children is a great book if for your man is  interested in the cultural life of Africa and the human experience as it is filtered into myth.
Excellent book!!

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Chaka by Thomas Mofolo (R205)

Chaka by Thomas Mofolo is the first of many works of literature that take Shaka, the great Zulu leader as its subject. A mythic retelling of the story of Shaka’s rise and fall. Mofolo presents a study of human passion, of uncontrolled and then uncontrollable ambition leading to the moral destruction of the human character.  

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