How Can Man Die Better: The Life Of Robert Sobukwe

How Can Man Die Better The Life Of Robert Sobukwe 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 T

  • Title: How Can Man Die Better: The Life Of Robert Sobukwe
  • Author: Benjamin Pogrund
  • ISBN: 9781868422654
  • Page: 189
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 SobukweOn 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 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 SobukweOn 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 arrest Police opened fire on a peaceful crowd in the township of Sharpeville and killed 69 people.The protest changed the course of South Africa s history Afrikaner rule stiffened and black resistance went underground International opinion hardened against apartheid.Sobukwe, leader of the Pan Africanist Congress, was jailed for three years for incitement At the end of his sentence the government, fearful of his power, rushed the so called Sobukwe Clause through Parliament, to keep him in prison without a trial For the next six years, Sobukwe was kept in solitary confinement on Robben Island, the infamous apartheid prison near Cape Town.On his release, Sobukwe was banished to the town of Kimberley with very severe restrictions on his freedom He died there nine years later in February 1978.This book is the story of this South African hero the lonely prisoner on Robben Island It is also the story of the friendship between Robert Sobukwe and Benjamin Pogrund whose joint experiences and debates chart the course of a tyrannous regime and the growth of black resistance.

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    1. 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 morePersonal. Anyway, I approached this book with a hint of cynicism, thinking Pogrund had just written it merely as an academic exercisebut 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 lonely [...]

    2. 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 [...]

    3. 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: rebeccafjellanddavis/roberThe book is work because some of it rea [...]

    4. Great book about a great South African. He's the reason I am married. It's a long story, but my close friends understand.

    5. 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 [...]

    6. 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.

    7. Sobukwe was the brightest of all South African robben island captivesleader of the PAC and a professor at Wits, the Harvard of the easthe died to young people in Kimberly away from all he knew and loved

    8. 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.

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