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Saving Nelson Mandela : the Rivonia trial and the fate of South Africa /
Kenneth S. Broun.
imprint
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2012.
description
xix, 210, [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
0199740224 (hardcover : alk. paper), 9780199740222 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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Book
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imprint
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2012.
isbn
0199740224 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9780199740222 (hardcover : alk. paper)
contents note
Arrests and escapes -- The lawyers and the judge -- Reaction -- Preparing for trial -- The trial begins -- A pyrrhic victory -- The case for the prosecution -- Mandela at the dock -- Others make their case -- Closing arguments -- Outside pressures -- Judgment and sentencing -- Reaction -- Thinking about the judgment and sentence -- After Rivonia.
catalogue key
8583883
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [195]-198) and index.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2012-10-01:
This excellent book by Broun (Univ. of North Carolina Law School), a noted trial lawyer and scholar, is based on a careful reading of all the publications about the famous 1960s trial in which Nelson Mandela and many of the top leaders of the resistance to the South African apartheid regime were not sentenced to death, as well as research in previously classified US and UK archives, plus unpublished work and personal interviews. Broun has spent years helping train black trial lawyers in South Africa, and is a specialist in that country's legal system. He uses his insights into trial proceedings to produce a work that reads like a novel, albeit one carefully documented with footnotes. His thesis is that the legal defense team brilliantly managed to get the sole judge to listen enough to their arguments and the rationale of the arrested resistance prisoners to not condemn them to death. Many fascinating details of the trial are set in a historical and political context, both domestic and international, which makes clear the importance of the trial and its outcome. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readership levels. C. W. Hartwig emeritus, Arkansas State University
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[a] meticulous reconstruction
"An astonishing tale of the defendants' personal courage...Tactics, skill, strategy, diplomacy and legal maneuver pervadeSaving Nelson Mandela. Still, bold, breathtaking human bravery swamps all. I'm guessing Professor Broun wouldn't have it any other way. --Charlotte News and Observer "A taut, intelligent analysis of a dramatic turning point in South African and, indeed, world history." --Kirkus Reviews "Kenneth Broun does justice indeed to one of the most celebrated political trials of the 20th century...the result is not only a gripping story but a work of profound scholarship, sensitivity, and empathy." --Mark Gevisser, author ofA Legacy of Liberation "Part history, part sociology, part engrossing legal drama, this important book recounts a seminal moment in South Africa's history." --Penelope Andrews, City University of New York School of Law
"A taut, intelligent analysis of a dramatic turning point in South African and, indeed, world history." --Kirkus Reviews "In this magnificent book, [Kenneth S. Broun] draws on his experience and expertise to bring to life the events and personalities of the 1963-64 Rivonia Trial...Meticulously documented and dramatically narrated, Broun's book makes a unique contribution to our understand of South Africa and the struggle for human rights." --Michael E. Tigar, Duke Law School "Kenneth Broun does justice indeed to one of the most celebrated political trials of the 20th century...the result is not only a gripping story but a work of profound scholarship, sensitivity, and empathy." --Mark Gevisser, author ofA Legacy of Liberation "Part history, part sociology, part engrossing legal drama, this important book recounts a seminal moment in South Africa's history." --Penelope Andrews, City University of New York School of Law
Fascinating account, full of fresh, eye-opening material
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Summaries
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This publication recounts the dramatic story of the 1964 Rivonia trial and its impact on Nelson Mandela, South Africa, and global history.
Main Description
When South Africa's apartheid government charged Nelson Mandela with planning its overthrow in 1963, most observers feared that he would be sentenced to death. But the support he and his fellow activists in the African National Congress received during his trial not only saved his life, but also enabled him to save his country. InSaving Nelson Mandela, South African law expert Kenneth S. Broun recreates the trial--called the "Rivonia" Trial after the Johannesburg suburb where police seized Mandela. Based upon interviews with many of the case's primary figures and portions of the trial transcript, Broun situates readers inside the courtroom at the imposing Palace of Justice in Pretoria. Here, the trial unfolds through a dramatic narrative that captures the courage of the accused and their defense team, as well as the personal prejudices that colored the entire trial. The Rivonia trial had no jury and only a superficial aura of due process, combined with heavy security that symbolized the apartheid government's system of repression. Broun shows how outstanding advocacy, combined with widespread public support, in fact backfired on apartheid leaders, who sealed their own fate. Despite his 27-year incarceration, Mandela's ultimate release helped move his country from the racial tyranny of apartheid toward democracy. As documented in this inspirational book, the Rivonia trial was a critical milestone that helped chart the end of Apartheid and the future of a new South Africa.
Main Description
When South Africa's apartheid government charged Nelson Mandela with planning its overthrow in 1963, most observers feared that he would be sentenced to death. But the support he and his fellow activists in the African National Congress received during his trial not only saved his life, butalso enabled him to save his country. In Saving Nelson Mandela, South African law expert Kenneth S. Broun recreates the trial - called the "Rivonia" Trial after the Johannesburg suburb where police seized Mandela. Based upon interviews with many of the case's primary figures and portions of the trial transcript, Broun situates readersinside the courtroom at the imposing Palace of Justice in Pretoria. Here, the trial unfolds through a dramatic narrative that captures the courage of the accused and their defense team, as well as the personal prejudices that colored the entire trial. The Rivonia trial had no jury and only asuperficial aura of due process, combined with heavy security that symbolized the apartheid government's system of repression. Broun shows how outstanding advocacy, combined with widespread public support, in fact backfired on apartheid leaders, who sealed their own fate. Despite his 27-year incarceration, Mandela's ultimate release helped move his country from the racial tyranny of apartheid toward democracy. As documented in this inspirational book, the Rivonia trial was a critical milestone that helped chart the end of Apartheid and the future of a new SouthAfrica.
Table of Contents
People Involved in the Rivonia Trialp. ix
Introductionp. xiii
Arrests and Escapesp. 3
The Lawyers and the Judgep. 14
Reactionp. 23
Preparing for Trialp. 30
The Trial Beginsp. 38
A Pyrrhic Victoryp. 42
The Case for the Prosecutionp. 52
Mandela at the Dockp. 68
Others Make Their Casep. 76
Closing Argumentsp. 95
Outside Pressuresp. 100
Judgment and Sentencingp. 116
Reactionp. 129
Thinking about the Judgment and Sentencep. 139
After Rivoniap. 151
Acknowledgmentsp. 171
Notesp. 173
Selected Bibliographyp. 195
Indexp. 199
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