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Robert Sobukwe: How Can Man Die Better

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On 21 March 1960, Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe, leader of the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC), led a mass defiance of South Africa's pass laws. He urged blacks to go the nearest police station and demand arrest. When police opened fire on a peaceful crowd in the township of Sharpeville, 68 people were killed. The protest changed the course of South Africa's history. Afrikaner ru ...more
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Published May 14th 2014 by Jonathan Ball Publishers (first published May 24th 1990)
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Sipho Ndimande Robert Sobukwe would have chosen scientific socialism instead of neo-liberalism in order to cater for everyone rather than a few.
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Phumlani
Aug 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Fadesola
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
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Rebecca Davis
Jul 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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: http://rebeccafjellanddavis.com/rober...
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Corey Holmes
Dec 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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...
Jaydee Tarpeh
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful book! Not just a biography of Sobukwe but a history of South Africa. Pogrund beautifully shows Bob Sobukwe as a person and a legend. So So powerful! I would read again and again.
Fela
Robert Sobukwe is as great as Nelson Mandela....read this book
Stephen Bess
Jan 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book about a great South African. He's the reason I am married. It's a long story, but my close friends understand. ...more
Andile
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Prof. Robert Mangaliso Sokukhwe was the most feared leader by the white apartheid regime. He was the fearless leader of the Pan Africanist Congress in South Africa. A party whose motto was: "Afrika for Afrikans at home and abroad".

I was only four years old when he was arrested and sent to Robben Ireland. It's so funny that as I grew up I always observed that when somebody mentioned his name other people would caution that somebody to keep quiet "Shhhh!!!". As I started schooling in history clas
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Sifiso Radebe
I've always wanted a personal account of this great man's life. Honestly, I feel it could have been done better. It feels a bit more of a journalistic account of events and his life than a biography. It didn't capture my imagination nor did it give me a glimpse into the mind of Sobukwe the way I had anticipated. It's still a good read if you are purely looking for knowledge and not the entertainment. ...more
Sicelo
Mar 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Nur
May 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
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.
Mpho
Dec 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more

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