on Jan. 22, 2016 :
This is a rare story and a very modern one in that Leopold wrote this book while he was in the Osire Refuge Camp in Namibia. Only recently have refuges of war been able to tell their own story. This is his first person narrative. A powerful, hopeful story full of complicated tragedies, yet satisfyingly resounding with the beauty and ultimate strength of the human spirit.
All of our high school/college age youth should read this book. It gives a reminder of what is worth fighting for in life along with an admiration for those who stand up to evil.
This book is compelling from the first paragraph. You can't stop, you have to read on. The young man who is in danger from the first page is also the author of the book you hold in your hands, so you know he must have made it through each scrape, but each time, you can't figure out how each event will unfold and how he will find himself in safety again.
This would be a fantastic book for high school/college world history/anthropology courses. There is much here for discussion yet the writing is so new and sincere--nothing like a textbook! More like your courageous best friend battling the real world--not a video game--and winning!
(review of free book)