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4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling, Honest & self deappriaciating account.
I am not one to read biographies at all. I chose this book because I was slightly interested in the SA. Once I started, I could not put it down. He gives an honest account of the situation in SA, but, I feel that he could have gone into more detail as in regards to more sensitive topics, e.g. SADF secret operations within SA. A good read. I truely reccommend it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An unbiased review.
Let me start of by saying that political apologist are not, in this day and age, given Nobel peace prizes. Whoever wrote this review is obviously not in tune with the subject matter and was too busy, or biased, to have fully researched this book. A glaring misnomer is that it was "his", FW De Klerk's, government at the time of the death squads and security...
Published on 21 Jan 2000


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling, Honest & self deappriaciating account., 3 Sep 2000
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I am not one to read biographies at all. I chose this book because I was slightly interested in the SA. Once I started, I could not put it down. He gives an honest account of the situation in SA, but, I feel that he could have gone into more detail as in regards to more sensitive topics, e.g. SADF secret operations within SA. A good read. I truely reccommend it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An unbiased review., 21 Jan 2000
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Let me start of by saying that political apologist are not, in this day and age, given Nobel peace prizes. Whoever wrote this review is obviously not in tune with the subject matter and was too busy, or biased, to have fully researched this book. A glaring misnomer is that it was "his", FW De Klerk's, government at the time of the death squads and security council. This is simply not true as PW Botha was the acting President at this time and if anything it was actually "his" government, in all senses of the word. The bloodless coup that happened in South Africa on the 27th of April 1994 is in no small part due to the work of this man. All in all a fairly informative book from a different perspective, read it and draw your own conclusions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas present, 10 Jan 2014
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This review is from: The Last Trek: A New Beginning: The Autobiography (Hardcover)
I gave this to my husband for Christmas as he was at Uni in Cape Town during the time this was all happenlng. He is really enjoying it and finding out a lot of background info of the events.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An "unbiased review", 21 Nov 2001
It is true to state that death squads were more acurately and clearly document during the Botha era, although it should be noted that duing this time de Klerk was a senior minister, and thus was knowledgable about such illegal activity, which does not bode well for his own presidency one might argue. Secondly, there is evidence (shown in both the TRC reports and Goldstone Commission reports) that such illegal activity etc carried on during the de Klerk era. The book touches upon this, but de Klerk is naturally guarded in his statements regards this matter, only tacitly referring more to his inaction rather than action regards such matters. In reading de Klerk's autobiography one must take into account that he has a historical position to maintain (i.e. why he won the nobel prize). This book should be read in conjunction with Mandela's autobiography, de Klerk's view is very much of the guily oppressor with blood on his hands.
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