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Under our skin: A white family's journey through South Africa's Darkest Years

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Don McRae grew up in a South Africa where his father would call the black men he met 'boy' and where his mother insisted that their black servants used tin mugs, plates and cutlery as they ate the family's left-over food in the backyard of their grand suburban property. The McRaes, like so many white people, seemed oblivious to the violent injustices of apartheid. As the a
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Paperback, 418 pages
Published March 2012 by Simon & Schuster (first published January 1st 2012)
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Gonzaga Escauriaza
much better than expected
Jakey Gee
Jul 24, 2013 Jakey Gee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Very good.

What better way to learn about recent history than through a personal account? It's a bigger story than one man's tale though, thanks to harrowing reporting of internment cases (I had never heard of Neil Aggett) and of the bravery of all those subjected to state torture. All balanced - as a piece of writing - with touching moments from a likeable, good-on-you coming of age (Sonja was kind of how we all wanted it to first happen. Donald here actually got it).

I knew apartheid was awful
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Reza Amiri Praramadhan
For me, it is always fascinating to learn about Apartheid from the perspective of the whites and how it affects their lives. I am particularly interested with the author's parents, who unlike their children going into exile, are managed to fight against Apartheid from inside unlike some dissidents protesting and complaining from abroad. They would be the greatest people depicted in this book.
Kostas
Nov 09, 2013 Kostas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been feeling an inexplicable attraction to SA for the past couple of years and I wanted to know more about it from a man who grew up in it! I loved the narrative style and the personal stories he shared! I certainly want to visit SA!
Kelli
Feb 28, 2014 Kelli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
wow! I have read a bit on South Africa's apartheid history but this was an eye opening. So many things I was aware of. Such a shameful and tragic part of their history. I love there there were people who stood up for what they believed in, during a time when that could be a fatal decision.
Caralee
May 28, 2013 Caralee marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I have searched all over the internet for this book and have been unable to get it. It says it's an eBook but I still can't locate it. Perhaps it's a "fantasy" read but now that I've spotted it, I 'm eager to read it.
Donna
Feb 04, 2016 Donna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book touched my own soul literally having grown up attending the same school, ( just a couple of years younger) and experiencing the life around as the author... Thank you!
Monique von Geyso
What an amazing book...
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Donald McRae was born near Johannesburg in South Africa in 1961 and has been based in London since 1984.

He is the award-winning author of six non-fiction books which have featured legendary trial lawyers, heart surgeons and sporting icons. He is the only two-time winner of the UK’s prestigious William Hill Sports Book of the Year – an award won in the past by Nick Hornby’s Fever Pitch and Laura H
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