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Songs and SecretsIng It 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 aroun. 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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FREE READ ✓ Songs and Secrets ´ [PDF / Epub] ✩ Songs and Secrets ☉ Barry Gilder – Insolpro.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 Zuma; the dismissal of Zuma A decade into its hard won demoA 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 Songs and PDFEPUB or events that left many ANC cadres politically and emotionally aghast Were these events the resul. 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

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T of personal 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 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 w. Apartheid coloured my life 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 largely unrepentant previously privileged group and many old racists simply continuing as before with 'liberal' 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 documents an amazing journey by an idealistic young South African NUSAS executive who volunteered to serve in the ANC trenches ran the gauntlet of Apartheid spies 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