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How Can Man Die Better: The Life Of Robert Sobukwe

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‘I am greatly privileged to have known him and to have fallen under his spell. His long imprisonment, restriction and early death were a major tragedy for our land and for the world.’
– Archbishop Desmond Tutu on Sobukwe

On 21 March 1960, Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe led a mass defiance of South Africa’s pass laws. He urged blacks to go to the nearest police station and demand
Hardcover, Updated Edition, 419 pages
Published 2006 by Jonathan Ball Publishers (first published May 24th 1990)
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Let me start by saying I am not a huge fan of biographies,i much prefer auto biographies, I feel auto biographies are a bit more..Personal. Anyway, I approached this book with a hint of cynicism, thinking Pogrund had just written it merely as an academic exercise...but boy was i wrong! This book conjured a lot of emotions in my usually immovable heart, mainly awe, envy and something akin to sympathy, but not sympathy, I’m yet to be able to label that emotion. This man was a legend, albeit a lone ...more
Cape Town is the most beautiful place while simultaneously being its ugliest. Robert Sobukwe links both the past and present of South African oppression in ways few people ever can.

I purchased this book upon my visit to Robben Island in Cape Town souvenir on a bit of impulse after our tour guide showed us where his solitary confinement was located. Although a bit too dryly written considering it is an account of the relationship rather than a detached biograhy, it does a decent job in it portray
Stephen Bess
Great book about a great South African. He's the reason I am married. It's a long story, but my close friends understand.
Benjamin Pogrund's account of the political life of Robert Mangaliso Sobukhwe does not only provide illumination and insight into the mind of this great leader of South Africa's liberation struggle but also weaves neatly a tapestry of circumstances underwhich the struggle for liberation occurred and how each of the leadership components interacted as well as the extent to which such vital cooperation aided the process.

It is a delightful read especially also to the extent that it exposes to a de
Rebecca Fjelland Davis
This is almost a definitive history of the struggle against apartheid from a South African perspective other than Mandela's.

Robert Sobukwe was a member of the PAC (Pan-Africanist Congress) instead of the ANC. He was a brilliant mind and so feared by the Nationalist Party (the political party in power that instated Apartheid) that he was held in prison not for his deeds but from fear of what he would do. Read my whole review here:
The book is work because
Corey Holmes
Sobukwe was the brightest of all South African robben island captives.....leader of the PAC and a professor at Wits, the Harvard of the east......he died to young people in Kimberly away from all he knew and loved...
I always had a great admiration for Robert Sobukwe, the founder of the Pan African Congress ( a break-away from the African National Congress), who also inspired the Black Consciouness Movement.
Robert Sobukwe is as great as Nelson this book
Quincy Tsatsi
Great insight on the man Biko once described as God
Best book ever
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Benjamin Pogrund was born in South Africa and was deputy editor of the Rand Daily Mail in Johannesburg. He now lives in Jerusalem and is founder director of Yakar's Center for Social Concern. He has written three books: about Robert Sobukwe, Nelson Mandela, and the press under apartheid, and is co-editor of Shared Histories: A Palestinian-Israeli Dialogue.
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