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5.0 out of 5 stars An Inspiring individual
This is the life story of the man who was pivotal in bringing to light the plight of the victims of the Atlantic Slave Trade. Without his testimony and knowledge, John Newton (he of the great hymn Amazing Grace) and William Wilberforce might have had a longer struggle in their quest to end the blight on human history. If you happened to watch the film Amazing Grace, then...
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3.0 out of 5 stars historic account
Fascinating historic document
Written by a man who had absorbed the manners of literature of the times, remarkably... but isn't an expert novelist. So expect endless lists of cruelty and a slow climb out of slavery. The book, in excellent condition , delivered with speed
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Inspiring individual, 29 Mar 2014
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This is the life story of the man who was pivotal in bringing to light the plight of the victims of the Atlantic Slave Trade. Without his testimony and knowledge, John Newton (he of the great hymn Amazing Grace) and William Wilberforce might have had a longer struggle in their quest to end the blight on human history. If you happened to watch the film Amazing Grace, then this book would make a lot of sense to you.

This is an insightful read about an individual who had experience a lot of inhumane sufferings and still kept a sense of who is was as a human being and not chattel as the slave masters wanted him to see himself. In some ways I see that as a reflection on us today as to how we handle great adversities.

This is a must read for all who are interested in the history of not just the dark times of the human race that is called slavery, but how some individuals (not just Solomon Northup's 12 years a slave, which I believe should be read in conjunction with Equiano's story) who were break enough to challenged those in power, even if it meant that their lives would be forfeited without a second though by people who would like the status quo to remain in their favour.

I would not say that this was an enjoyable read, as something that has such a negative side is highly unlikely to be, but it is very insightful and thought provoking to those with a conscience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Value for money, 9 Jun 2014
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This book is part of an academic reading list! Not the easiest of read but true to the original (I believe). Value for money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars rivetting, 30 July 2013
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Everyone must read this book. It is a stark reminder to treat ones neighbour as ourselv es. Any nation can rise up as the. Germans did not so long ago and subjugate a whole race. of people for their own gratification. We must be vigilant of such.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read able..., 28 Jan 2013
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...compulsive, interesting and educational.
Better than a dry history book this brings alive the reality and injustice of slavery.
Buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The life of Olaudah Equiano, 13 Feb 2011
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An amazing experience of the true life from capture to slave ship and beyond... A stark reminder of the great injustice brought about by inequality and ungodliness in the world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars must read for all against slavery, 7 Aug 2014
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loved the story of one mans progression through a difficult life
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden Histories, 14 Jan 2011
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Fascinating biography from a less well known part of our history. The review title is based on the name of a project being run by Hertfordshire County Council archives and I commend their website(from which this book recommendation came) for more information on this topic generally.
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3.0 out of 5 stars historic account, 16 Jan 2013
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Fascinating historic document
Written by a man who had absorbed the manners of literature of the times, remarkably... but isn't an expert novelist. So expect endless lists of cruelty and a slow climb out of slavery. The book, in excellent condition , delivered with speed
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