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5.0 out of 5 stars A gut-wrenching story of one man's battle to beat apartheid, 18 Aug 2004
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This review is from: Basil D'Oliveira: Cricket and Conspiracy: The Untold Story (Hardcover)
My interest in cricket began in the early 1970s, just after the D'Oliveira affair. I always wondered, as a boy, why South Africa were excluded from sport and, obviously, I've learned a lot as I've got older. Like most people, I had a basic understanding of South Africa's apartheid policy. However, reading this book has made me realise the massive odds that Basil D'Oliveira overcame in order to achieve his ambitions and to beat his own country's apartheid system.
That he survived great traumas, in South Africa and England, is a testimony to a great sportsman and a man with great strength of character. Read this book and you will learn a lot - it is one of, if not the, best books about sport that I have read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another gentleman cricketer!, 19 Aug 2012
This review is from: Basil D'Oliveira: Cricket and Conspiracy: The Untold Story (Hardcover)
An excellent book describing the Basil D'Oliviera story, with particular reference to the controversy surrounding the abortive MCC South African tour in 1968, which led to their exclusion from international sport for a generation. However, this book is mainly about the man himself, who was not only a very good cricketer, but also a gentleman, who was happy to chat to we young admirers, and sign autographs. Great memories of a lovely man.
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