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"Those who prefer abstractions or empty phrases, or fanciful-supposedly political-ideas, would do best to avoid this book, because Nelson Mandela is not a Quixotic fighter of windmills and imaginary monsters but a man who is fighting the bitter reality of the apartheid monster that is destroying the essence of his own beloved people, in the same ...
"Those who prefer abstractions or empty phrases, or fanciful-supposedly political-ideas, would do best to avoid this book, because Nelson Mandela is not a Quixotic fighter of windmills and imaginary monsters but a man who is fighting the bitter reality of the apartheid monster that is destroying the essence of his own beloved people, in the same way that colonialism is destroying the essence of my own people. In this book we meet an idealist with his feet firmly planted in the earth."-Rafael Cancel Miranda
"A useful addition to both public and college libraries."-Library Journal
"Reveals the patience, thoughtfulness and wisdom of the man who is the real leader of South Africa . . . . Especially valuable for the insights into his character and the character of those fighting for freedom in South Africa . . . ."-Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize winner, author of The Color Purple
"A useful introduction to Mandela's life and work through his speeches and writing."-Los Angeles Times/The Book Review
"A concise, low-cost updated documentary study of the man, his life and thought . . . . There is a solid index and thirty-four evocative photos to enhance the text."-The International Journal of African Historical Studies
"Perhaps the most riveting and revealing documents are the transcripts of Mandela's trials . . . . They give the reader a better understanding of Pretoria's fear of Nelson Mandela."-Christian Science Monitor
"My political beliefs have been explained in my autobiography, The Struggle Is My Life."--Nelson Mandela. (Pathfinder)MARION--PLEASE CHANGE THE PRICE TO $15.95
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Posted August 26, 2002
For decades, a popular demand in South Africa and around the world was: Free Nelson Mandela! This book does an excellent job of showing just why Mandela was so popular among the masses in his country and so feared and hated by apartheid¿s rulers. He was a first-class revolutionary who fought for decades for his country¿s freedom and always believed in the power of the masses of people to make change. This book is so inspiring because you read Mandela in his own words, starting as a student leader in the 1940s to a leader of the African National Congress¿s armed wing in the 1960s to an internationally known political prisoner in the 1980s. He never gave up and he outlasted the vicious apartheid system. The photos in the book also do a great job of showing what the struggle against apartheid was like.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 19, 2002
What a wonderful experience-- reading and studying speeches and documents prepared by Nelson Mandela during five decades of struggle against the apartheid regime in South Africa! Here are key documents of the African National Congress, including the Freedom Charter that became the central document of the mass movement that brought down apartheid. Also Mandela¿s speeches at different stages of the struggle, including historic courtroom addresses when he was on trial for his life; documents Mandela prepared as the apartheid regime was forced to negotiate with him and the ANC in the late 1980s; and his first speeches after he was released from prison in 1990. These speeches give a vivid reminder of the brutal, racist regime that was apartheid (and we should never forget that the South African regime was a pillar of U.S. domination in Africa from the 1940s on.) Mandela gives us a real feel for the determined, difficult, and courageous struggle of millions of people who never accepted submission to apartheid and the world-wide importance of the fight for a democratic, nonracial South Africa. And you see truly inspiring leadership in the persons of Mandela and his fellow leaders in the ANC. Don¿t miss the 32-pages of photos that really help bring this rich struggle to life as well!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 6, 2002
What a bottomless well of encouragement and inspiration one gets from its reading! Nelson Mandela, basing himself on the mass of Black, Colored and Indian, workers, peasants and other democrats of South Africa, was unbreakable at the hands of the horrific, murderous and terrorist system of aparthied. Akin to Nazis Germany, the Jim Crow USA South and Zionist Israel, South Africa enjoyed the backing of the US and British and Israeli governments until it was overthrown. Joining the African National Congress in 1944 at age 26, he and other youth would lead its transformation from and organization of " gentlemen with clean hands" to the mass revolutionary democratic movement that would lead the revolution over apartheid. Doing so even while in prison for nearly 30 years. He was finally released in 1990 at age 72 and was soon after elected South Africa's president.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.