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  • Paperback: 500 pages
  • Publisher: Pathfinder Press; 2nd edition edition (Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873489861
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873489867
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 14 x 21.6 cm
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This text presents the thoughts, aspirations and ideals of President Thomas Sankara, leader of the Burkina Faso Revolution from 1983-1987. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Died almost 25 years ago in Africa, but his words and ideas still resonate within a young man born in London. His stance, his speeches and his shear audacity is captivating. His legacy still lives on within me. A true African Leader
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The best book about how Africa can liberate itself from the yoke of aid begging and become self sufficient. Sankara is no doubt Africa's true son who shook colonialists perception of African submission to neocolonialism and control. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in pan African ideology
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HASH(0x981771b0) out of 5 stars A must read for any real African Revolutionary. 9 Oct. 1996
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Thomas Sankara was a giant among men, One only needs to
read this book to see where Burkina Faso (indeed Africa)
could have been today, if only he had been allowed to live.

We learn about the man's vision for all aspects of life;
children, women, economy, governance and the like.

A must read for all Africans and friends of Africa.

Mukhtar Dan'Iyan
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x982a4d8c) out of 5 stars Martydom is not the end, but the beginning 7 Feb. 2002
By Adeyemi Joashan - Published on
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This book had a tremendous impact on my personal and political ideology. It had so much impact that I named my first child Sankara! "Thomas Sankara Speaks" is a must read for all aspiring revolutionaries. Brother Sankara, exemplifies the importance of Pan-Africanism as a solution for all people of African descent. He also emphasizes the importance of international solidarity of all oppressed people. "He who loves his own people also loves other people." Thomas Sankara is one of many heroes that suffered from imperialism's bullets. Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr. Patrice Lumumba, Augusto Sandino, Amilcar Cabral, Maurice Bishop and now Thomas Sankara speak from the grave, "Don't Shoot...You Can Not Kill Ideas!"
Study, Understand, Expose The Enemy!
Adeymi Joashan
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HASH(0x981d2204) out of 5 stars An African Fidel Castro 27 Jun. 2006
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Sankara was a great revolutionary, not just a fighter, not just defiant, but a thinker, a man who sought to united the working masses of his country against imperialism and for progress. Reading his writings give wisdom not just to African revolutionists, but to anyone in the world who thinking about how to defend working people against the imperialist offensive, how to move his people to progress.

In this regard Sankara's writings are important because he is not a phony leftist spouting rhetoric, but a thinking leader of his people trying to educate, trying to involve and trying to give leadership to the peasants, the women, the workers, because he knew real revolutions are made not by leaders or elites, but by the masses.

In this Sankara reminds me very much of another fighting leader, a man Sankara worked with and stood shoulder to should with Fidel Castro. Imperialism and reaction may have silenced Thomas Sankara's body, but as long as these words are available, his ideas will never stop leading people in struggle in Africa and in the world. We should honor his sacrifice by studying his words!

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HASH(0x97e8bbb8) out of 5 stars Twenty-One Years Later 15 Oct. 2008
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It is with great belief that I think every American, African and anyone working in development should read this book!!!!!
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HASH(0x98177648) out of 5 stars "You cannot kill ideas", Sankara and his inspiration is something needed to every real social transformer 28 Feb. 2013
By Gabriel Pompeo Pistelli Ferreira - Published on
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Sankara is one of the most incredible person that lived on this planet: he showed to us how important is the fight against imperialism and his ideas were not simply only ideological powerful, but also a practical reality. We can't speak about a fight against imperialism and capitalism without a unity of the wretched of earth. Like Fanon said, only with violence it will be possible to change this reality. Anyway, Sankara's violence goes so much further than only a physical violence: his real confrontation of the system is his creed on the opressed people and on their organisation to transform the world. Because that, Sankara showed to us that a revolution cannot be made without women liberation, for example. So, the african revolutionary think, in some way, exactly like Debord said:

"The revolutionary organization must necessarily constitute an integral critique of society ­­ a critique, that is to say, which refuses to compromise with any form of separated power and which is directed globally against every aspect of alienated social life. In the revolutionary organization's struggle with class society, the weapons are nothing less than the essence of the antagonists themselves: the revolutionary organization cannot allow the conditions of division and hierarchy that obtain in the dominant society to be reproduced within itself. It must also fight constantly against its own distortion by and within the reigning spectacle. The only restriction on individual participation in the revolutionary organization's total democracy is that imposed by the effective recognition and appropriation by each member of the coherence of the organization's critique, a coherence that must be borne out both in critical theory proper and in the relationship between that theory and practical activity" (tesis 121, on "The society of the spetacle").

Sankara is that "coherence that must be borne out both in critical theory proper and in the relationship between that theory and practical activity", too. With his struggle, he showed to us how powerful can be the self organisation of a rising nation getting liberated from the horrible claws of the most perverse colonialism. The fight against racism, patriarchy, capitalism, etc, cannot be made without this critique and self organisation from the oppressed. Sankara, as someone that lived with this transformation and fought against every way of exploitation, is somebody who can teach us the way to do it. So, there's no doubt about the quality of this book and of how necessary is to intelectuals from all the world compromised with the oppressed is listen the world of someone who come "from a country whose seven million children, women and men refuse to die from ignorance, hunger, and thirst any longer". Without it, no transformation will be possible; and Sankara show to us this path, with his errors and problems, of course, but, too, with a lot of hope, creed and passion, because his inspiration is "to speak on behalf of the disinherited of the world". This book is a powerful intellectual weapon; but is too an astonishing inspiration gun. With it, I received a real lession on how the people is the most powerful actor of our world, like Sankara always believed. On this way, there's no more thing that we need to say than "Homeland or death, we will win". Sankara is a lession for everybody who dreams to see this world liberated of all oppressions that stings our lifes, because "You cannot kill ideas".
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