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5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating read, 25 Oct. 2001
This review is from: Long Walk to Freedom (Hardcover)
This is a long book, but extremely worthwhile in its insights into South Africa as well as to Nelson Mandela himself. I got a real feeling from this book of what it feels like to live in a society where the state is constantly tightening the screws on your rights and freedoms. The contrast between the way that Mandela is treated outside the country (as a scholar and statesman) and at home (as a dangerous terrorist and member of a racial underclass) comes over most strongly.
Mandela's tales of prison life (of 27 years) also give an insight into the way that the political mind works. Where many would have succumbed to desperation and terminal introspection, Mandela is still compelled to debate, to organise, to protest and to educate. Finally, Robben Island was widely considered an "ANC University", and the authorities were still afraid of Mandela and his colleagues even after they had been in prison for two decades.
A fascinating personal history of one the key conflicts of the 20th century, and a must for students of democracy.
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Initial post: 27 Jul 2013 09:06:09 BDT
Last edited by the author on 21 Aug 2013 08:52:46 BDT
John Rose says:
Not a Terrorist Then.Mandela never spent all his prison life on Robben Island most of it was spent under house arrest and if he had renounced violence he would have been freed earlier which of course he refused to do.
Mandela was the head of the terrorist wing of the ANC and SA Communist party.He pleaded guilty to 156 acts of public violence including mobilizing terrorist bombing campaigns,which planted bombs in public places,including Johannesburg railway station.Many innocent people including women and children were maimed and killed by Mandela's MK terrorist wing of the ANC.Amnesty International refused to take on Mandela's case because they asserted he was no political prisoner but had committed numerous violent crimes.
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