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Shades of difference : Mac Maharaj and the struggle for South Africa /
Padraig O'Malley.
imprint
New York : Viking, 2007.
description
xix, 648 p. : map ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0670852333, 9780670852338
format(s)
Book
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imprint
New York : Viking, 2007.
isbn
0670852333
9780670852338
standard identifier
40014091538
contents note
Childhood and youth -- Durban days -- London days -- GDR days -- Going home -- Detention and torture -- Little Rivonia -- Robben island -- Banned in Durban -- Lusaka and London -- Vula: getting started -- Home again -- Vula: conflict in Kwazulu-Natal (KZN) -- Mandela -- Out of South Africa -- Transitions -- Vula unravels -- Vula on trial -- Into the new South Africa -- Back in the cold -- Family: struggle and damage -- Hush! apartheid thoughts of a different kind.
catalogue key
6162575
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [613]-628) and index.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2007-02-05:
In this groundbreaking biography of a central figure in the fight to end South African apartheid, O'Malley draws on every aspect of Maharaj's life and the society in which he lived in order to understand South Africa's changing racial and political context over the past 100 years. Based on extensive interviews with Maharaj, this is an often harrowing read, recounting his torture as a political prisoner and the many difficulties and setbacks suffered by underground activists within and outside of South Africa. Maharaj-a first-person narrator in most of the book-comes across as an imperfect and deeply human hero, animated by his stubborn streak to devote his entire life to the cause. Few people have had a more eventful life, and the book has some of the flavor of spy vs. spy: "My blazer was stolen from the bedroom of our hideout. In the blazer, which was part of my disguise, was three thousand dollars. The blazer had my pocket diary, in the inside cover of which I had written key contact numbers." A lengthy foreword by Nelson Mandela touches on his relationship with Maharaj, his decision to make him minister of transport in the first free South African government, and the time they shared imprisoned on Robben Island. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Appeared in Library Journal on 2007-03-15:
O'Malley (visiting professor, political studies, Univ. of the Western Cape, South Africa; Biting at the Grave: The Irish Hunger Strikes and the Politics of Despair) captivates us with the story of a lesser-known member of the African National Congress (ANC), Sathyandranath Ragunanan "Mac" Maharaj, a South African of Indian descent. The author follows Maharaj from his involvement with the ANC in its earliest days to his detention and torture, including 12 years on Robben Island with Nelson Mandela (who contributes the book's foreword) and his release in 1976, when he played a pivotal role in smuggling out a miniature copy of Mandela's autobiography. Drawing on exclusive interviews with Maharaj over 11 years, the author is brutally frank in discussing the internal battles of the ANC during the long struggle to build a free South Africa. As a reward for his adeptness in establishing vital communications systems, Maharaj ended up serving as minister of transport in the Mandela government, compiling a formidable portfolio of accomplishments. Brilliantly written, this book is highly recommended for its extensively researched history of South Africa and, most crucially, the role of these courageous individuals in the peaceful demise of apartheid.-Mary C. Allen, Everett P.L., WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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San Francisco Chronicle, April 2007
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Summaries
Main Description
"Mac put the struggle for the freedom of South Africa above everything in his life. In the pursuit of that cause he became a legend for the torture he had been subjected to by the apartheid state, the risks he undertook and the activities he engaged in, and his popping up in the most unlikely places in the most unlikely disguises, as well as his uncanny ability to outmaneuver the enemy. Were it not for the selflessness of so many comrades like him, our efforts would not have come to fruition. In every war of liberation the foot soldiers are the generals. But Mac is someone special....
Main Description
The inside story of South Africa's anti-apartheid movement, told through the experiences of one of its unsung heroes, with an introduction by Nelson MandelaA South African of Indian descent, Mac Maharaj was a potent force in the Communist Party and African National Congress for nearly four decades. Tortured by South African security forces, he served twelve years in prison with Nelson Mandela and was able to smuggle out a painstakingly miniaturized copy of Mandela's autobiography. He continued to play a key role in the movement and participated in the negotiations that ultimately led to a free South Africa in 1994. In Mandela's new government, he served as minister of transport. Drawing on extensive interviews with Maharaj over the last eleven years, Padraig O?Malley vividly captures the experiences of this South African freedom fighter. By telling Maharaj's story, O?Malley sheds new light on the decades-long battle against apartheid as well as the more recent struggle to build a free South Africa.
Main Description
The inside story of South Africa’s anti-apartheid movement, told through the experiences of one of its unsung heroes, with an introduction by Nelson Mandela A South African of Indian descent, Mac Maharaj was a potent force in the Communist Party and African National Congress for nearly four decades. Tortured by South African security forces, he served twelve years in prison with Nelson Mandela and was able to smuggle out a painstakingly miniaturized copy of Mandela’s autobiography. He continued to play a key role in the movement and participated in the negotiations that ultimately led to a free South Africa in 1994. In Mandela’s new government, he served as minister of transport. Drawing on extensive interviews with Maharaj over the last eleven years, Padraig O’Malley vividly captures the experiences of this South African freedom fighter. By telling Maharaj’s story, O’Malley sheds new light on the decades-long battle against apartheid as well as the more recent struggle to build a free South Africa.
Main Description
The inside story of South Africa’s anti-apartheid movement, told through the experiences of one of its unsung heroes, with an introduction by Nelson MandelaA South African of Indian descent, Mac Maharaj was a potent force in the Communist Party and African National Congress for nearly four decades. Tortured by South African security forces, he served twelve years in prison with Nelson Mandela and was able to smuggle out a painstakingly miniaturized copy of Mandela’s autobiography. He continued to play a key role in the movement and participated in the negotiations that ultimately led to a free South Africa in 1994. In Mandela’s new government, he served as minister of transport. Drawing on extensive interviews with Maharaj over the last eleven years, Padraig O’Malley vividly captures the experiences of this South African freedom fighter. By telling Maharaj’s story, O’Malley sheds new light on the decades-long battle against apartheid as well as the more recent struggle to build a free South Africa.
Table of Contents
Chronologyp. xiii
Forewordp. 1
Introductionp. 21
Childhood and Youthp. 39
Introductionp. 39
Macp. 47
Durban Daysp. 61
Introductionp. 61
Macp. 66
London Daysp. 76
Introductionp. 76
Macp. 80
GDR Daysp. 87
Introductionp. 87
Macp. 89
Going Homep. 93
Introductionp. 93
Macp. 101
DEtention and Torturep. 118
Introductionp. 118
Macp. 121
Little Rivoniap. 137
Introductionp. 137
Macp. 141
Robben Islandp. 147
Introductionp. 147
Macp. 158
Banned in Durbanp. 185
Introductionp. 185
Macp. 190
Lusaka and Londonp. 198
Introductionp. 198
Macp. 210
Vula: Getting Startedp. 239
Introductionp. 239
Macp. 247
Home Againp. 260
Introductionp. 260
Macp. 272
Vula: Conflict in Kwazulu-Natal (K2N)p. 292
Introductionp. 292
Macp. 296
Mandelap. 300
Introductionp. 300
Macp. 306
Out of South Africap. 314
Introductionp. 314
Macp. 328
Transitionsp. 337
Introductionp. 337
Macp. 346
Vula Unravelsp. 365
Introductionp. 365
Macp. 367
Vula on Trialp. 381
Introductionp. 381
Macp. 385
Into the New South Africap. 390
Introductionp. 390
Macp. 397
Back in the Coldp. 414
Introductionp. 414
Macp. 439
Family: Struggle and Damagep. 458
Introductionp. 458
Macp. 467
Hush! Apartheid Thoughts of a Different Kindp. 469
Postscriptp. 493
Acknowledgmentsp. 495
Appendixp. 501
The Web Sitep. 529
Acronyms: Parties and Organizationsp. 531
A Note on Biographiesp. 533
A Note on Intervieweesp. 535
A Note on Mac Maharaj Interviewsp. 537
Notesp. 541
Bibliographyp. 613
Indexp. 629
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