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Mandela and the General

av John Carlin

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"Will the Freedom Struggle End in a Bloodbath? Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid hero and first leader of the new South Africa, is an international symbol of the power of a popular movement to fight structural racism. But that nonviolent struggle for equality and justice very nearly spiraled into an all-out race war that would have only ended in "the peace of graveyards." As the first post-apartheid elections approach in 1994, with South African blacks poised to take power, the nation's whites fear reprisal. White nationalist militias claiming 50,000 well-armed former soldiers stand ready to fight to the death to defend their cause. They need someone who can lead and unite them. That man is General Constand Viljoen, former chief of apartheid South Africa's military. Mandela knows that he can't avert a bloodbath on his own. He will have to count on his archenemy. Throughout those historic months, the two men meet in secret. Can they trust each other? Can they keep their followers and radical fringe elements from acts of violence? The mettle of these two men will determine the future of a nation. The drama of this contest and the history that pivoted on it comes vividly to life in visual form. Veteran British journalist John Carlin teams up with Catalan artist Oriol Malet to create a historically and artistically rich graphic novel with obvious relevance to today's polarized politics."--Provided by publisher.… (mer)
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I loved the illustrations in this. I do wish the first half of the book had spent a little more time on Mandela, but I understand that for the impact of the story to be so great, the reader needed to get as into the General's head as possible. A good, succinct insight into a part of post=apartheid South Africa. An informative read. ( )
  LilyRoseShadowlyn | Jan 10, 2021 |
As I finished the book, I was going to give it four stars, mostly because every appearance of Mandela in the story is electrifying. But as I reflected, I realized that this is just another one of those books or movies where white creators use a white guy as the point of view for an African story. And in this case, the white guy is a racist who we're supposed to be happy did not resort to violence to carry out his white supremacist agenda in the 1990s thanks to the charisma of Mandela. Instead he spent the next twenty years trying to use politics to found a segregated white homeland in the middle of South Africa.

I mean, I read this article from 2014 and most of my feel-good buzz from this book dissipated:
https://mg.co.za/article/2014-04-24-last-boer-general-fears-for-the-future

The book is well done, but the more I think about it, the more misguided it seems. ( )
  villemezbrown | Feb 22, 2019 |
Journalist John Carlin and artist Oriol Malet create a novel with direst and obvious ties to today’s very polarized politics.The almost comic book design took a moment to get used to but th story is well developed by the author. It’s a story of the power of a popular peoples movement to fight white structural racism in South Africa. But this struggle for equality and justice almost led into a race war that would have only ended in the total tearing of every piece of socal fabric in South Africa. As the first elections in a post-apartheid country approached in 1994, blacks were poised to take power for the first time, white South Africans were almost paralized with a fear of reprisals. White militias claiming over 50,000 well-armed former soldiers were ready to fight to the death to save their formallywhite governed homeland. They needed a man who could lead and unite them who was a former general Constand Viljoen.
MANDELA KNEWW THAT TO AVERT A BLOODBATH HE WILL HAVE TO COUNT ON HIS ARCH-ENEMY. THE TWO MEN MEET IN SECRET WONDERING CAN THEY TRUST EACH OTHER? WHAT CAN KEEP THEIR FOLLOWERS AND ALL THE FRINGE ELEMENTS FROM ACTS OF VIOLENCE? THE DRAMA OF THIS CONTEST AND THE HISTORY THAT PIVOTED ON IT COMES VIVIDLY TO LIFE IN ( )
  Elliot1822 | Jan 23, 2019 |
I received this book through LibraryThing Early Reviewers. When I requested it, I didn’t realize it was written in graphic novel format. I had never read anything in this format. I found myself wondering who the target audience was. By the end, I realized it could be anyone from middle school to adults. The format made a difficult piece of history easy, at least easy enough to grasp the basic concepts. It made me want to learn more about Mandela and the General. ( )
  chgstrom | Jan 13, 2019 |
Written like a graphic novel-- not my cup of tea. A book I won on Librarything. I think it would be a good starting point for a middle reader to learn of Nelson Mandela, as it does a good job of explaining how politically astute he was, and gives a good start to the history of South Africa ( )
  babs605 | Nov 11, 2018 |
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"Will the Freedom Struggle End in a Bloodbath? Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid hero and first leader of the new South Africa, is an international symbol of the power of a popular movement to fight structural racism. But that nonviolent struggle for equality and justice very nearly spiraled into an all-out race war that would have only ended in "the peace of graveyards." As the first post-apartheid elections approach in 1994, with South African blacks poised to take power, the nation's whites fear reprisal. White nationalist militias claiming 50,000 well-armed former soldiers stand ready to fight to the death to defend their cause. They need someone who can lead and unite them. That man is General Constand Viljoen, former chief of apartheid South Africa's military. Mandela knows that he can't avert a bloodbath on his own. He will have to count on his archenemy. Throughout those historic months, the two men meet in secret. Can they trust each other? Can they keep their followers and radical fringe elements from acts of violence? The mettle of these two men will determine the future of a nation. The drama of this contest and the history that pivoted on it comes vividly to life in visual form. Veteran British journalist John Carlin teams up with Catalan artist Oriol Malet to create a historically and artistically rich graphic novel with obvious relevance to today's polarized politics."--Provided by publisher.

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