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Book Reviews: Saving Nelson Mandela: The Rivonia Trial and the Fate of South Africa

By Marjorie Meyers

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Saving Nelson Mandela: The Rivonia Trial and the Fate of South Africa

By Kenneth S. Broun
Oxford University Press (2012)
Reviewed by Marjorie Meyers

The defendant is charged with sabotage, a charge that carries the death penalty. A skilled advocate in his own right, the defendant intends to admit that he committed the acts charged but to defend his actions on the ground that he had no other moral choice. He is prepared to die if necessary, but his execution will have global ramifications.

In Saving Nelson Mandela, Professor Kenneth S. Broun provides a gripping account of the Rivonia trial, where the apartheid government of South Africa put Nelson Mandela and nine co-defendants on trial for their lives. Professor Broun spent some 12 years traveling back and forth to South Africa while researching this book. His access to those involved in the trial and his close personal associations with many members of the defense team, including former President Mandela himself, enable him t

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