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Very good.What better way to learn about recent history than through a personal account? Its a bigger story than one mans 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 - I didnt realise the security services had operated with such abandon. At points I found myself wondering how Stephan Whitehead and co have avoided justice (pace TRC). So many heroes in the story.And its rich on social history detail too. Crunchies and Rock Spiders. The ghastly Youth Preparedness. The SDF conscript experience (pretty much echoing what Ive heard from others. Namely, many months spent getting shouted at by sadists).SA-watcher? Recommended.