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No Bread for Mandela: Memoirs of Ahmed Kathrada, Prisoner No. 468/64 Paperback – December 28, 2010
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"Ahmed Kathrada has been so much part of my life over such a long period that it is inconceivable that I could allow him to write his memoirs without me contributing something. Our stories have become so interwoven that the telling of one without the voice of the other being heard somewhere would have led to an incomplete narration."―Nelson Mandela"
"Delightful and often amusing anecdotes of the life of a very self-effacing and yet deeply committed freedom fighter."―Archbishop Desmond Tutu"
"A book of questions and answers. . . . When humanity leaves the room, what do you do if you're left inside? The extraordinary strength and almost inconceivable grace in these pages are as mind-blowing as the justice and peace Ahmed Kathrada helped bring about."―Bono"
"Kathy adds that rich perspective to the political struggle, including his leadership role in the Passive Resistance Campaign and his passionate commitment."―Booklist"
"An intimate, welcome first-person account of a portion of South African history that remains foggy to many American readers."―Kirkus Reviews"
"Kathrada's memoir is a vivid behind-the-scenes look at the life of a political activist and prisoner."―Library Journal"
"It is highly recommend for students of history, race relations, and political science."―Library Journal"
"Kathrada's story is an important one that describes the persecution of Indians and all who opposed Southern African apartheid. It will appeal to serious readers of modern African history, and its lessons about the high cost of freedom and the heroes who paid its price will resonate with all."―ForeWord Magazine"
"Providing an enlightening view on the South African struggle against apartheid, Ahmed Kathrada paints an amazing portrait of what it was like to be a minority in a dominantly white province. Readers will be struck by the integrity Kathrada has maintained throughout his life."―Deseret News"
"For those seeking memoir about those who fight against racism and racial injustice around the world, No Bread for Mandela proves to be a fine pick."―Midwest Book Review"
"An amazingly detailed version of his journey to the heart of anti-apartheid politics."―H-Net Review"―
About the Author
Ahmed Kathrada was born in South Africa in 1929. After his release from prison in 1989, he was elected as a member of parliament and served as parliamentary counsellor in to President Mandela. In 1994, he was elected chairperson of the Robben Island Council. He lives in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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This book offers snapshots of his unusual life: An Indian, Muslim South African, Kathy became politically involved at the age of 10 and his activism continued despite repeated arrests, detentions, and bannings as well as increasingly severe measures by the Apartheid government. In 1964, he was convicted of sabotage and sentenced to life imprisonment, alongside Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu and the other Rivonia Trialists. Fellow prisoners for 26 years, these leaders were also the closest colleagues and friends, sharing the unshakable belief that truth, justice and democracy would ultimately triumph over oppression and racism.
Released from prison in 1989 at the age of 60, Ahmed Kathrada was at the center of dramatic changes in South Africa and went on to serve as a member of South Africa's first freely elected Parliament, as the Parliamentary Counsellor to the Office of President Mandela, and Chair of the Robben Island Museum.
He is proof that human beings are capable of exceptional goodness even in the most difficult circumstances, and that political power can be wielded with integrity, empathy, and compassion. He also possesses a wonderful sense of humor as well as unique insight into his close friends and colleagues, including Nelson Mandela.
Ahmed Kathrada's memoir offers an essential and all-too-rare view into the mind and soul of a truly great and profoundly gentle revolutionary.