To prepare for an upcoming trip to South Africa, I wanted to familiarize myself with the history of the region. The page count was daunting, but surprisingly, it was a quick read and kept my interest. I don't have much interest in reading about politics, but I thought this book was a great introduction to South Africa's recent history. I admire Nelson Mandela even more after reading his story- it was easy to relate to him although his background is so different from my own. A fascinating book, and I highly recommend it to anyone eager to learn more about South Africa and Nelson Mandela's incredible journey.