God, Spies And Lies – Finding South Africa’s Future Through Its Past
God, Spies And Lies, an explosive insider’s account since Mandela came to power, a never-before-seen insider’s account of how South Africa got here — and how things went wrong. It takes you into the room with Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki, into the Oval Office of the US President and the British Prime Minister’s Chequers country estate, as the fate of southern Africa was being set before and after 1994.
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Among its revelations are:
- How Nelson Mandela studied the Afrikaner Broederbond to end white rule at the same time as he set up the military wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe in 1961
- The story of the apartheid spy who fooled the white liberal elite
- What made George Bush Senior change his mind about white rule in Southern Africa
- How Robert Mugabe fooled South African intelligence
- Why South Africa missed the Information Economy
- What disillusioned Thabo Mbeki with the British Labour Party
- How Jacob Zuma came under the spell of the Chinese Communist Party.
- What it would take to get the country back on track
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John Matisonn is a South African political journalist and author. He was one of the founding councillors of South Africa’s Independent Broadcasting Authority and from 1986 to 1991. As a political correspondent, foreign correspondent and one of the pioneers of democratic South Africa’s free broadcasting environment, he interacted with every ANC leader since Oliver Tambo and every government leader from John Vorster to Jacob Zuma. Now for the first time this seasoned and erudite insider reveals the secrets of a 40 year career observing the politicians, their spies and the journalists who wrote about them. As a patriot, he argues that the way to a better future can be found through an unvarnished examination of the past.
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