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

Kenneth S. Broun


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. This book 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, the book situates readers inside the courtroom at the ... More

Keywords: apartheid, Nelson Mandela, African National Congress, Rivonia Trial, Palace of Justice, Pretoria, South Africa, democracy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199740222
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199740222.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kenneth S. Broun, author
University of North Carolina Law School