Tuesday, February 23, 2016

A Reader's Opinion: RHODES, THE RACE FOR AFRICA by Antony Thomas

The Book
This book, published to coincide with the TV series reveals Cecil Rhodes in all his complexity—the extraordinary personal qualities which culminated in his vision for Africa and which drove him to become the wealthiest man in the Western world, as well as to shape part of a continent, and its particular legacy—apartheid.

A Reader's Opinion
You'll probably come to thoroughly dislike Cecil Rhodes as a human being, but he does make a fascinating subject for a book. Rhodes was brilliant and calculating and charmed and manipulated his way to wealth. He was also racially unjust, brutal, and unfair. You'll admire his abilities and detest his person. I read this book for a college course and glad I did so. It now has a place on my bookshelf because I feel, that despite the deplorable actions of Rhodes, it's a book I'd recommend to almost anyone. History matters, even if it's to only teach a lesson. 

Edition: Hardcover
Source: Reader's personal library 

 

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