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Hen the party was locked in a no holds barred factional conflict And she chronicles the intense political battles to become mayor of Cape Town leader of the DA and premier of the Western Cape in the face of dirty tricks from the ANC and infighting within her own partyThis is a story about political intrigue and treachery floor crossing and unlikely coalitions phone tapping and intimidation false criminal charges and judicia I was a bit averse about getting down reading this book especially after the debacle about her tweet re colonialism It turned out to be a very readable book The main thing about Helen Zille is that she has been unwavering in her fight for human rights Idols for Destruction conflict And she The Daughter of Time (Inspector Alan Grant chronicles the intense political battles to become mayor of Cape Town leader of the DA and premier of the Western Cape in the face of dirty tricks from the ANC and infighting within her own partyThis is a story about political intrigue and treachery floor Tricky Twenty-Two (Stephanie Plum, crossing and unlikely The End of the Line coalitions phone tapping and intimidation false The Ear Book criminal Doors Open charges and judicia I was a bit averse about getting down reading this book especially after the debacle about her tweet re I Blame The Scapegoats colonialism It turned out to be a very readable book The main thing about Helen Zille is that she has been unwavering in her fight for human rights

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Not Without a Fight

Helen Zille’s long awaited autobiography is one of the most fascinating political stories of our timeZille takes the reader back to her humble family origins her struggle with anorexia as a young woman her early career as a journalist for the Rand Daily Mail and her involvement with the End Conscription Campaign and the Black Sash She documents her early days in the Democratic Party and the Democratic Alliance at a time w A beautifully well written book that as not only a South African and a woman makes me proud to read It was well beyond my expectations I admire Helen Zille for not only her honesty about her past but also for what really goes on inside her own party and politics as a whole I highly recommend this book The Pallisers career as a journalist for the Rand Daily Mail and her involvement with the End Conscription Campaign and the Black Sash She documents her early days in the Democratic Party and the Democratic Alliance at a time w A beautifully well written book that as not only a South African and a woman makes me proud to read It was well beyond my expectations I admire Helen Zille for not only her honesty about her past but also for what really goes on inside her own party and politics as a whole I highly recommend this book

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L commissions It documents Zille’s courageous fight against corruption and state capture and her efforts to realign politics and entrench accountability And it describes a mother’s battle to raise children in the pressured world of South African politicsThis book is as frank honest and unflinching as Helen Zille herself and will appeal to anyone interested in the story of South African politics over the past fifty years Didn't think I would be gripped by political memoir but I was


10 thoughts on “Not Without a Fight

  1. says:

    A very well written autobiography that is a real page turner The bulk of the book focuses on the post 1994 period and most of the events are around Zille's rise to become Mayor of Cape Town and subseuently party leader and Premier There are interesting behind the scenes accounts of political manoeuvrings betrayals and some juicy details on the botched attempt to make Mamphela Ramphele the DA presidential candidate in 2014 I felt like the last two chapters were pushed out uickly to meet the publishing deadline and is not of the same uality as the rest of the book I expected a lot on the 2016 elections and the saga around the finance ministerOverall this is a great book by the strong wily and often times controversial leader now former of the official opposition in SA Helen Zille has no doubt played a pivotal role in South Africa's new democracy and is the most important figure in opposition politics in South Africa post 1994 without uestion I disagree with many of Zille's views but I have gained new found respect for her after reading her autobiographyHighly recommended especially if you have a keen interest in South African politics


  2. says:

    A beautifully well written book that as not only a South African and a woman makes me proud to read It was well beyond my expectations I admire Helen Zille for not only her honesty about her past but also for what really goes on inside her own party and politics as a whole I highly recommend this book


  3. says:

    Every South African should know how much Hellen Zille has done for this country I am inspired by her 'never give up' attitude and energy The book at times goes into a lot of detail but on the whole glad I read it


  4. says:

    Very interesting informative and honest but a little too densetechnical for me Need uite a lot of background knowledge of the South African political system and history to fully enjoy


  5. says:

    I was a bit averse about getting down reading this book especially after the debacle about her tweet re colonialism It turned out to be a very readable book The main thing about Helen Zille is that she has been unwavering in her fight for human rights


  6. says:

    Reuired reading for all students of South African politics A woman with an iron will who made a profound contribution to building a democratic opposition to an increasingly undemocratic ANC


  7. says:

    Didn't think I would be gripped by political memoir but I was


  8. says:

    I am not one that is into non fiction books or biographies of any kind so when I got this book as a present from someone who knew I am a fan of Helen Zille I was not really impressed And when I picked up the book with the intention to read one chapter at a time inbetween reading other books I was totally prepared to be boredWell I couldn't stop reading Her story just fascinated me from the first chapter She has an honest and open way of writing even about the mistakes she made that made me admire her even I knew politics are a dirty business I just never realised how dirty The fact that Zille built the DA to what it is today is nothing short of a miracle So many things go on behind the scenes that the man in the street knows nothing about Sometimes it was like a mafia story than an autobiography And what is the most scary is that it is all trueI never knew much about Helen's husband and in the book one gets to know much about the man behind the woman He is a remarkable man to support her all these years And it was for sure not always easy for him In the book she writes about her Jewish family of which many died in concentration camps during World War 2 That explains a lot about how she was raised and to always strive for fairness and euality for all people I uote her I had grown up imbibing the values of freedom fairness and opportunity with my mother's milkShe helped a lot of anti apartheid activists during the struggle The ANC has never really given her recognition for any of this They don't like her because she has never taken a bribe and never stopped striving to build an all inclusive non racial country sometimes at great costs to her personal lifeBut she never bore grudges Like she said I don't have enough space on my emotional hard drive to store grudges or hard feelings The task at hand to make South Africa a better place was her life's work For her people are not defined by creed dogma or ethnic origin but by kindred spirits and shared valuesThe way she wrote about her mother and her last days touched me deeply During all her responsibilities she always took time to write letters to her mother Behind the facade of a woman of steel is a woman that loves her family deeplyIn her own words; If the purpose of life is to find a maningful purpose I had found mine Building a party that overcome historical barriers of race ethnicity culture and prejudice to bring together a new majority based on values principles and policiesLike her namesake Helen Suzman Zille is brave she is tenacious and she is magnificent She will not give up on South Africa Not without a fight


  9. says:

    Immensely readable insightful page turner Never thought I'd use those words to comment on a political autobiographyI found myself reading into the wee hours every night and it became something of a ritual where each morning upon waking up I'd discuss the many agonising revelations with my wife over a coffee and cigaretteHelen Zille conveys her thoughts in a way that comes across intensely sincere She readily admits the mistakes she has made and the impossible choices she's facedCompletely changed the way I perceive the political going on's and media slants and biases


  10. says:

    I really enjoyed this bio It delves into the world of local and national politics in South Africa giving the reader an idea of what the DA is up against It is balanced with some personal and intimate details of Ms Zille Everyone in SA should read this book


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