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50 People Who Stuffed Up South Africa Paperback – Feb 1 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Jacana Media; 1st Edition edition (Feb. 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1920137335
  • ISBN-13: 978-1920137335
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 222 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,572,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Alexander Parker is the author of 25 Cars to Drive Before You Die.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa4d82fa8) out of 5 stars 5 reviews
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HASH(0xa46619a8) out of 5 stars My gat af gelag April 28 2011
By Shadeburst - Published on
Format: Paperback
Shakespeare's "Merchant of Venice" is flawed by anti-semitism but that doesn't stop it from being great literature.

"50 People" has flaws. It isn't great literature but it's damn good satire. Alex Parker writes fluently and well for a fast-paced read. If you buy it as a toilet book you're going to spend a lot more time on the throne than you planned.

Parker takes aim at some dangerous targets and I'd be surprised if he doesn't get death threats. Naïvete or courage?

The book is flawed by some strange inclusions. Kevin Pietersen's a twit but so what? He isn't a lead character. He's an extra, or is it a bye? (Perhaps Mrs. Parker remarked that KP is quite good-looking.)

Sol Kerzner? Are you mad, Alex? He's our hero!

The bitter expat and the polo guy? Probably included to add a white balance to the collection.

The exclusions harm the book even more. Winnie, Nkosazana Z, and Robert McBride surely deserved their chance at the limelight.

Parker totally fails to mention Essop Pahad's greatest stuff-up, namely Outcomes Based Education, creating a new Lost Generation to match and even outdo the tragedy of the Soweto rioters.

I don't mean this as criticism. I'm hoping that Alex and his editor, Tim Richman, will take my comments into account when drafting the second edition.

Alex Parker did not intend the book to be taken too seriously. He happily indulges in wild exaggeration, unfounded rumour, and glib assumptions, but it's all in a spirit of challenge.

F'example in the Mark Thatcher profile Parker praises the SA Police for their excellent detective work. (Completely straight-faced too.)

If you don't agree with some, many, or any of his statements (HECK but he writes a lot of opinionated drivel), stop and think how you would go about refuting him. Not easy, is it? You just sort of generally took it for granted that everybody knows that...

So you thought you knew South Africa. Huh. Buy this book.
HASH(0xa4661834) out of 5 stars The Guilty? Dec 30 2012
By Patrick Clarke - Published on
Format: Paperback
Quite bizarre to see Richie Benaud, Sepp Blatter and Kevin Pietersen in this list but not Winnie Mandela, JG Strijdom and Mike Gatting. Other than that, it's certainly a comprehensive list of targets.
HASH(0xa482b120) out of 5 stars Hilarious! Sept. 12 2011
By Penny - Published on
Format: Paperback
I picked this book up at the airport; best flight of my life! Parker's descriptions of the 50 obvious and not so obvious candidates are great and true, and Zapiro's cartoons work perfectly. The book is funny and informative at the same time. I give it a well-deserved 5 stars!
HASH(0xa471f1e0) out of 5 stars History will never be the same again Jan. 15 2012
By Mozart Fan - Published on
Format: Paperback
I loved the book. I grew up in South Africa. It reverses much of what I was taught in History class. My history teachers would be turning in their graves. I wonder if they even knew how incorrect their facts were.
HASH(0xa4718aec) out of 5 stars Great read July 16 2014
By Geoff Sturges - Published on
This book has obviously had an alliterative influence from the book “50 People Who Have Buggered Up Britain”. It brings back lots of memories of self-interested behaviour by greedy and/or incompetent people.
Some notable omissions are:
Mangosuthu “Gatsha” Buthelezi (Prince, Film star, Political thug, Orator).
The Gupta family, mentioned several times but deserve their own entry.
Aziz Pahad, bro of Essop, who believed that if a country had “Democratic” in its name it was democratic.
Alexander Steward (SA’s own Lord Haw-Haw) who placated English-speaking Nats.
Dennis Worral (of tricameral bathroom fame) may also warrant a mention.