In a Different Time: The Inside Story of the Delmas Four

In a Different Time The Inside Story of the Delmas Four This book tells the story of four young South Africans who embark on a mission that will ultimately take them to Death Row They are a highly trained and experienced assassination squad reporting direc

  • Title: In a Different Time: The Inside Story of the Delmas Four
  • Author: Peter Harris
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 297
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • This book tells the story of four young South Africans who embark on a mission that will ultimately take them to Death Row They are a highly trained and experienced assassination squad reporting directly to Chris Hani The narrative details their infiltration into the country, their operations, arrest and subsequent trial These men are the foot soldiers who sacrificed evThis book tells the story of four young South Africans who embark on a mission that will ultimately take them to Death Row They are a highly trained and experienced assassination squad reporting directly to Chris Hani The narrative details their infiltration into the country, their operations, arrest and subsequent trial These men are the foot soldiers who sacrificed everything As their trial unfolds with their attorney fighting to save them from the gallows, so too does the story of their own lives and the choices they make The story is set in a South Africa gripped by unrest and political tension, when the ANC was in exile and repression at its height It tells of the extraordinary lengths people go to in order to fight for what they believe, and the acts people will commit to preserve the status quo The characters are linked by bizarre coincidence and tragedy in a true account narrated by their attorney Woven through the narrative is the construction of a bomb and its journey towards its target, and the circumstances which enable that meeting.

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    1. Peter Harris's father-in-law was our landlord, and I remember many Christmases spent playing with Harris's kids while he and my dad sipped beers on the beach. He's a great guy, and it shows in his honest and sincere treatment of this depiction of a very difficult period of South African history. I was born in Johannesburg in 1989, and my family emigrated to Mauritius in 1993. The history I learned in school was about Roman togas, and French beheadings, Mayan temples, and the spread of Islam. I l [...]

    2. This was a great find on the library sale table. Peter Harris, a white anti-apartheid lawyer, recounts the defense of four political prisoners in a trial that was to become a turning point in ending South Africa's apartheid rule. His memoir is far more reaching than your typical courtroom drama. In a Different Time won South Africa's 2009 Alan Paton award for non-fictioin and the 2009 Bestseller's Choice Award. (Note, In a Different Time was later retitled - A Just Defiance: The Bombmakers, the [...]

    3. This is a wonderful book and should be read by every single South African, or anyone who has an interest in SA history.

    4. A superb, gripping story that every South African of my generation should read, because like so much from the apartheid era, most of us white citizens became inured to much of the brutality playing out out of sight in the townships and across our borders. Two decades have now passed and ‘Lest We Forget’, this is compulsory reading. The story is at times unbelievable and shocking, but the honesty and precision in the detail, as one would predict from an experienced lawyer, is also there. Of c [...]

    5. In 2002 my wife and I visited South Africa for about three weeks. We rented a car and drove a long trek through the country beginning at a game reserve near Botswana, continuing to the Durban coast, and driving the coastline to Cape Town. We were not sure what we would find when we arrived, but on departure we were captivated by a beautiful country filled with people who welcomed our visit and made us feel at home. This visit instilled a desire in me to understand how this country survived the p [...]

    6. What is one willing to give, for the freedom of many? This compelling true story is one that grips the reader with questions of what is right? What is wrong - when seeking freedom from oppression. The chilling details haunt me even as I write this. In light of Nelson Mandela's death, I am even more amazed by this mans choice to live daily in the turbulent waters of forgiveness-it costs much but impacts more than we will ever live to see.

    7. I really enjoyed this, it was very interesting to see things told from a different angle, different that is, to the propoganda we were presented with at the time, the South African government had it's own "war-on-terror" in those days.

    8. "Peter Harris’s wonderful book about a trial of four A.N.C. activists during the apartheid years. It’s at once scrupulously written, heartbreaking and powerful. And it stayed with me — stays with me — the way all great books should." Alexandra Fuller

    9. One of the best books on the effects of Apartheid on South African citizens. I agree, it reads like a legal-thriller, but in excellent, very readable English. This book has stayed with me even years after I originally read it in 2009.

    10. Probably the best book I've read in the past year. Entirely engrossing, very interesting and a look into a world I wouldn't see otherwise.

    11. Essential reading form anyone wanting to learn about S.A.'s recent history.Reads like a thriller but author/lawyer has much better command of English language than most thriller writers.

    12. Thought- provoking or perhaps reminding of the horrors of the Apartheid government. Easy to read whilst not romantising.

    13. One of the most important books about South Africa's past. Definitely the best I've read. Should be compulsory for all South Africans.

    14. Excellent! Intimate details of the lives of South African revolutionaries as told by their lawyer. He doesn't spare the contradictions!

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