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The Soft Vengeance of a Freedom Fighter

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On April 7, 1988, Albie Sachs, an activist South African lawyer and a leading member of the ANC, was car-bombed in Maputo, capital of Mozambique, by agents of South Africa's security forces. His right arm was blown off and he lost the sight of one eye. This intimate and moving account of his recovery records the gradual recuperation of his broken body, his complex interact ...more
Paperback, 203 pages
Published 1990 by Paladin Harper Collins
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Kristen
Mar 14, 2007 Kristen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those amazing books that NO ONE has read, and it's an absolute shame. Sachs is a friend of the anthropology chair at UC Berkeley, and in taking her class freshman year we all were required to read it.

Albie Sachs is a lawyer on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa, a court that deals with the acts if apartheid in a unique way. Anyone can come before the TRC and essentially 'confess' their acts, and in return they will not be charged. It's been surprisingly effec
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AJ
Ninth book I read in Kenya. Well, while I started it in Kenya, I finished it in the Brussels airport.

I was a bit disappointed with this book, only because it wasn't what I expected. I thought it was going to be a story of the author and his role in the ANC and the fight for freedom in South Africa. But, it was just a journal of his recovery after surviving a car bomb. While many of his insights were very interesting, and I really appreciated his honesty in introspection, I wished there was less
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Elliot Ratzman
Dec 29, 2016 Elliot Ratzman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Albie Sachs is one of the great heroes of South African history. Born to Jewish communists, Sachs became a lawyer and one of the ANC’s top legal minds. He was appointed to the constitutional court of the new South Africa and was a crucial drafter of the new constitution. I got to spend some time with an 80-something Sachs when he came to Philadelphia for our Jewish Film Festival. The documentary is in part based on this memoir, but there’s more on Sachs’ inner life and outer loves, especially th ...more
Jacob Lines
Dec 02, 2014 Jacob Lines rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: law
You may not have heard of Albie Sachs. He was an anti-apartheid activist in South Africa. Later he helped write the new South African Constitution and Nelson Mandela appointed him to the South African Constitutional Court. This is his account of being nearly killed by a car bomb planted by the South African security forces and then recovering from it. He lost most of his right arm and the vision in one eye. While the focus of this book is on his recovery, he also discusses his work and his count ...more
Allison Borchardt
I can't open this book. It doesn't give me the option to "read now". Please help... Thank you.
Shelbie
May 03, 2014 Shelbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was very inspirational and everyone should read it!
Hulananni
Sep 07, 2009 Hulananni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anyone interested in South African policies should read this. Personal story with a bonus of enlightening readers about the true cost of freedom abd how soft vengeance can be liberating.
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Albert "Albie" Louis Sachs is a former judge of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. He was appointed by Nelson Mandela in 1994 and retired in October 2009. Justice Sachs gained international attention in 2005 as the author of the Court's holding in the case of Minister of Home Affairs v Fourie, in which the Court overthrew South Africa's statute defining marriage as between one man and one w ...more
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