Complete Kak! by Tim Richman,Grant Schreiber Summary
An all-encompassing commentary, this collection is the final word on everything that aggravates and annoys South Africans everywhere. Through humorous and sardonic writing, it discusses a variety of topics, from the African National Congress and Jacob Zuma to Afrikaans music and South African drivers. While highlighting the vexations, this expanded edition offers an insightful and entertaining overview of South African life.
Should I Stay Or Should I Go? by Tim Richman Summary
Most South Africans with the means to pack up and leave have, at some point, thought about living elsewhere (even if it’s just to scoff at the idea), and it is estimated that more than one million South Africans have emigrated since the early 1990s, on top of the many thousands who left in the turbulent 1970s and 1980s. For those looking for guidance, these 15 essays by South Africans—both literary figures and everyday people—provide a broad overview of the emigration debate as well as its opposite, the new arrivals to South Africa. Other helpful information includes comparisons of the 14 most popular cities for South African emigrants, a discussion of the stresses of emigration, and further reading on the topic.
Some of My Best Friends are White by Ndumiso Ngcobo Summary
This book is a collection of sharp, satirical essays on contemporary South African issues from the point of view of a successful corporate professional - who just happens to be Zulu. Crossing various controversial, amusing and downright confusing racial divides, the book delivers a healthy dose of black - and white - humour as it explores some of the rainbow nations defining characteristics, its many colourful characters and its myriad mysterious idiosyncrasies.
Kruger, Kommandos & Kak by Chris Ash Summary
The second Boer War is the most important war in South African history; indeed, without it, South Africa would likely have not existed. But itÕs also one of the least understood conflicts of the era. Over a century of Leftist bleating and insidious, self-serving revisionism, first by Afrikaner nationalists and then by the apartheid regime, has left the layman with a completely skewed view of the war. Incredibly, most people will tell you that the British attacked the Boers to steal their gold, and that when the clueless, red-jacketed Tommies advanced under orders of bumptious, incompetent British generals they were mowed down in their thousands. Others think of the conflict in terms of ÔBritain against South AfricaÕ and many believe that the Boers actually won the war; the marginally more enlightened explain away the Boer defeat by claiming it took millions of British troops to beat them, or that it was only the ÔgenocideÕ of the concentration camps which forced the plucky Boers to throw in the towel. Ê ItÕs all bosh. This book will take everything you thought you ÔknewÕ about the war and turn it on its head. From KrugerÕs expansionist dream of an Afrikaans empire Ôfrom the Zambesi to the CapeÕ, to the murder and devastation wrought on Natal by his invading commandos, to the savage massacres of thousands of blacks committed by the ÔgallantÕ bitter-einders, the reader will have his eyes opened to the brutal realities of the conflict, and be forced to reassess previously held notions of the rights and wrongs of the war. Hard-hitting and uncomfortable reading for those who do not want their bubble of ignorance burst, Kruger, Kommandos & Kak exposes that side of the Boer War which the apartheid propaganda machine didnÕt want you to know about.
The Everything Learning Russian Book with CD by Julia Stakhnevich Summary
Whether you're planning a trip to Russia or adding a second language to your resume, this book will help you to: recognize and read Cyrillic letters; pronounce Russian words like a native; ask for directions, order dinner, and conduct business; and hold your own in a conversation. Includes step-by-step lessons in vocabulary, grammar, and conversation.
Analysis by Its History by Ernst Hairer,Gerhard Wanner Summary
This book presents first-year calculus roughly in the order in which it was first discovered. The first two chapters show how the ancient calculations of practical problems led to infinite series, differential and integral calculus and to differential equations. The establishment of mathematical rigour for these subjects in the 19th century for one and several variables is treated in chapters III and IV. Many quotations are included to give the flavor of the history. The text is complemented by a large number of examples, calculations and mathematical pictures and will provide stimulating and enjoyable reading for students, teachers, as well as researchers.
The Good Life Book by Brett Cowell Summary
Transform your life in 30 days.We are all working hard, but are we working on the right things? We all want to live a good life, yet life itself sometimes seems to get in the way. Based on the author's two decades of experience in helping the leaders of large organizations effect change, this book presents a fresh and structured approach on to how to transform our own lives--to feel alive and to minimize regrets.You will read about how to apply the three disciplines of a good life: Directing Energy Unlocking Potential Enabling GrowthYou'll use these disciplines to not only change your life, but also sustain the benefits of that change through the inevitable highs and lows that come with being human.
The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay Summary
First with your head and then with your heart ...So says Hoppie Groenewald, boxing champion, to a seven-year-old boy who dreams of being the welterweight champion of the world. For the young Peekay, its a piece of advice he will carry with him throughout his life. Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice.