Alec Russell on Nelson Mandela’s Leadership


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A Book Report on Bring Me My Machine Gun: The Battle for the Soul of South Africa from Mandela to Zuma by Alec Russell
This book report defines the important aspects of Nelson Mandela’s leadership in that is promotes the often times false assumption that he reflects the character of liberty that is being expressed after the fall of Apartheid. Russell makes sure to understand the political dimensions of the appearance of a change in leadership after Apartheid in the triumph of the release of Mandela as a political prisoner. When Mandela was elected president by a unanimous vote, he began to understand the somewhat superficial nature of the economic pressures he had to face as a leader of a newly freed colonial state. The reality of racism...
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.....uly democratic initiatives brought forth by the DA. The third would be the greater awareness of the racial problems within the country, which have resulted in political infighting and the older ideologies of self-esteem and national pride being reduced because of white cultural hegemony. These types of racial issues could be promoted by the government to reduce racial discrimination and to bring racial pride to the people, rather than negative stereotypes as a result of Caucasian propaganda. These are the three key recommendations I would give through the evidence provided by Russell in this book.
Russell, Alec. Bring Me My Machine Gun: The Battle for the Soul of South Africa, from Mandela to Zuma. New York: Public Affairs, 2009.