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PDF ✓ BOOK Songs Secrets FREE À BARRY GILDER ¹ ❮Download❯ ➶ Songs Secrets Author Barry Gilder – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk 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 Follows the author into the ANC's military camps in Angola; to Moscow for spycraft training; to the underground in Botswana and into leadership 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 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 lifetime to go from normal suburban childhood to hippy folkie to guerrilla revolutionary to super spy in an elected government but that's Barry Gilder life arcIts even rarer to have this 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 the last 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 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 read like 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 like this Five stars

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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 roots lie in the global dynamic that allowed South Africa its freedom as the Cold War cooled?Written 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 A white man South African or otherwise; involved in a black people's liberation 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 let's call it an intelligence officer for the movementWithout ualification 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 long liberation 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 life of a white person in Cape Town and Johannesburg However in the main he shares with mixed emotions in a simple language the experiences with and insights into the ANC led liberation movement that 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 coherent leadership 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 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 the late 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 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 which led to the former eventually embarrassingly 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's like 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 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 this?These 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 African liberation 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 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 the life of me hear a darn thing He rather than be rhythmic and loud Barry is mute and starring yet I don't read music I am only able to listen 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 led by Breyten Breytenbach I do not recall that he ever accomplished the taskEnd

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Songs SecretsA 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 left many ANC cadres politically and emotionally aghast Were these events the result of personal I was born in exile of parents who left 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 war against Angola The story traces his journey from his beloved Cape Town I look 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 lasting image of home And I do For fifteen years through to his time in the MK camps in Angola Now I feel like a guerilla I desperately wish I could have an AK to lay astride my lap 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 life 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 looking like a tramp since the last thing he expected was to leave the country without packing a bagThe author demonstrates in a dry but poignant manner the level of sacrifice and integrity that was shown by comrades during the struggle At one point he speaks of his leader's removal from office as head of security and intelligence and of the stoic response shown by the leader as his removal is publicly announced The author notes I learned my key lesson in leadership to be a good leader 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