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The State vs. Nelson Mandela: The Trial that Changed South Africa

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On 11 July 1963, police raided Lilisleaf farm at Rivonia near Johannesburg, arresting alleged members of the high command of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC). Together with the already imprisoned Nelson Mandela, they were put on trial and charged with conspiring to overthrow the apartheid government by violent revolution. Their expec ...more
Hardcover, 300 pages
Published June 28th 2007 by Oneworld Publications
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This is an incredible book. If even a small part is true then the apartheid government of South Africa should be deeply ashamed of its actions and its attitudes.

You cannot come any closer to the trial of Nelson Mandela and his collegues than this report from one of the lawyers who handled his defence. Of course it is one side of the story and it is already mentioned in this book that the official documents from the trial are spread far and wide and difficult to reconstruct. On that basis, I sinc
I wasn't alive during this period and am disappointed that it's not given more than a cursory glance in most history classes. The way the prosecution handled the case is laughable and disheartening. The defense team for Mandela and the other accused men did an amazing job given the circumstances. And the prisoners were heroic; refusing to give up their beliefs under extreme pressure. I am very glad that I found this book because it gave me so much more information about Nelson Mandela, the mirac ...more
Renee Singh
Was not focused on Mandela which wasn't a bad thing. Sometimes felt difficult to stay interested however it was informative. I only finished it because I hate to leave a book half read.
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Lord Joel Joffe CBE is a crossbench peer in the House of Lords. He has previously served as Chairperson of Oxfam and worked as a human-rights lawyer.
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