Speeches That Shaped South Africa

South African Country Life - - Wheels -

This did not seem a book worth re­view­ing at first glance. Who wants to read old speeches? Yet when I needed to get a quote from Bobby Kennedy’s speech I quickly found it here; also when I wanted to read Thabo Mbeki’s bril­liant I am an African speech to some Amer­i­cans, and when look­ing up Harold MacMil­lan’s Wind of Change speech. It is a great book to have on your shelf. Sobukwe, Ver­wo­erd, Luthuli, Biko, Boe­sak, Botha – they’re all here. Mmusi Maimane, He­len Suz­man, even Ja­cob Zuma. You may al­ready know the speeches, but here is a ref­er­ence work. En­joy the open­ing quote by Bobby Kennedy on his South Africa visit: ‘I come here this evening be­cause of my deep in­ter­est and af­fec­tion for a land set­tled by the Dutch in the mid-sev­en­teenth cen­tury, then taken over by the Bri­tish, and at last in­de­pen­dent; a land in which the na­tive in­hab­i­tants were at first sub­dued, but re­la­tions with whom re­main a prob­lem to this day; a land which de­fined it­self on a hos­tile fron­tier; a land which has tamed rich nat­u­ral re­sources through the en­er­getic ap­pli­ca­tion of mod­ern tech­nol­ogy; a land which was once the im­porter of slaves, and must now strug­gle to wipe out the last traces of that for­mer bondage. I re­fer, of course, to the United States of Amer­ica…’

Au­thor: Martha Evans Re­viewer: Peter Sul­li­van Pub­lisher: Pen­guin Ran­dom House Price: R280 ISBN: 978-1-77609-141-6 Give­away code: SPEECH

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