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“On its surface Shaking Hands with Billy is the story of one man’s odyssey. And odyssey is, I believe, the correct word, neither overstatement nor misrepresentation.”
James G. Workman
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|Author||Anthony Richard Turton|
|Number of Pages||556|
|Size||228.6mm x 210mm|
|Publication Date||1 December 2010|
|Illustrations/Photos||Black and White interspersed throughout the text|
|Colour pages||8 pages of Colour Plates|
“On its surface Shaking Hands with Billy is the story of one man’s odyssey. And odyssey is, I believe, the correct word, neither overstatement nor misrepresentation. To be sure, many chapters in Anthony Turton’s personal narrative describe the recruitment and work of a Cold War soldier – instilling in him a sense of detachment, manifest in that chilling, if necessary, “thousand yard stare”. Yet it is less a tactical, macho, warrior epic like the Odyssey than an alienated veteran’s dragged-out struggle, his repeated attempts to reconcile himself to a political landscape that is both strange and at times uncomfortable, and then to embrace the chaos and complexity as, for better or worse, his only home.”
James G. Workman
Please note that the first interview about Shaking Hands with Billy is now availble at http://www.polity.org.za/article/shaking-hands-with-billy-2011-01-20