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Mandela and the General by John Carlin

Updated: Feb 14


Summary: John Carlin was a British journalist who was the South African bureau chief for the Independent from 1989 to 1995. In Mandela and the General, he teams up with artist Oriol Malet to create a beautiful account of Carlin's interview with General Constand Viljoen.


{Free book alert! I received this advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.}



Review: While working my way through a series, I needed a bit of a break and this book came just in time. It was a quick, but beautiful read. Mandela and the General is a gorgeous graphic novel about Carlin's interview with Constand Viljoen himself.


Viljoen's account about the fall of the apartheid and the brilliance of one man who prevented a war is riveting and hopeful. Especially in today's political unrest. It proves that one man's ability to understand can change the world.


The only downside to this novel was it wasn't long enough for me. I didn't want it to end, in fact, I wanted more information. I definitely plan to get Carlin's Knowing Mandela.


If you like graphic novels and history, this book is a no-brainer. It's also perfect to put it on your coffee table and spark some conversations!

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