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The World That Was Ours Paperback – 22 Jun 2004

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Persephone Books Ltd (22 Jun. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903155401
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903155400
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 3.2 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,099,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An engrossing and moving account of South Africa’s Rivonia trial." -- Sarah Crompton, The Daily Telegraph, August 18 2004

'Personal and gripping - a readable, fascinating and important account of a truly heroic struggle that ended in complete victory.' -- Peter Hain The Guardian 16 October 2004

'There's something appropriate about this book resurfacing. It is the loveliest of her works, about the ugliest of times.' -- Albie Sachs The Independent 29 October 2004

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By F. Davidson on 24 Aug. 2007
Format: Paperback
'The world that was ours' is a fascinating read for anyone interested in South African history. It conveys how frighteningly gradual the process was which turned South Africa into one of the most repressive regimes of the 20th century, and the effect this had on South Africans' everyday lives. Bernstein narrates her struggle to keep control on her life at home with her children amongst the trials of unannounced police raids, government surveillance and her husband being imprisoned under the 90-day legislation. Her strength and determination to continue to fight against the horrors of apartheid are inspirational and make an engrossing and captivating read.
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