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by Simon Mann

For the first time since he was released from five years' incarceration in some of Africa's toughest prisons, making worldwide headlines, Simon Mann breaks his silence to tell everything
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ISBN: 1843584034
ISBN13: 978-1843584032
Category: Biographies
Subcategory: Leaders & Notable People
Author: Simon Mann
Language: English
Publisher: John Blake; First Edition edition (November 28, 2011)
Pages: 352 pages
ePUB size: 1346 kb
FB2 size: 1842 kb
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 322
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This is how things work. People have no idea how easy it is to take control of a poor illiterate 3rd world country. Not many people out there truly appreciate how things really get done and how small the world and people in it are. Invariably you end up knowing some of the same players in a political take down. Brings back old stories and adventures. The only way to survive is to have a great sense of humor and personal destiny when great plans go south.
I was in the '97 Peking to Paris rally with Mann and his friend. We concluded he was some sort of hired gun, but I had no idea. I don't know how accurate his version is, but it is a gripping story. For what it is worth, he drove an Aston DB4 in the Rally. We couldn't imagine how such a car could survive the brutal roads, but Simon, his friend and the car did so.
Many other reviewers will point out the poor use of grammar and language. Some editing would have done wonders for the book! And let's be honest - the book contains several instances of inappropriate phrasing and repetition, grammar mistakes, sometimes just a clumsy feel to the choice of words and rhythm.....

BUT - for me, at least, after reading a couple of chapters I came to realize that the poor writing actually enhances the authenticity of the reading experience. The book was written by a soldier, not a professional writer. And many of the pages were (ostensibly) secretly written during imprisonment, under circumstances certainly not conducive to writing. In a way, the writing style actually drew me into the story just a little bit more.

I can't comment on the factual reality of the book - this is certainly (by its very nature) an extremely subjective version of all the events covered in the book. I'm sure most historians or participants in these events would find plenty reason to disagree with Mann's version of the story. But, taking it for what it is, I can definitely recommend the book. Let's face it - opinions are just so much more enjoyable than facts. A sole "objective and true version" of the accounts being described in this book will probably never exist. This is Africa. Opinions may be all we'll ever have!

This is a fascinating and thoroughly enjoyable (albeit subjective and poorly written) account of the state of affairs in the deepest darkest corners of Africa. I recommend the book without hesitation.
A good account - but it is a one-sided view. Makes war sound justified and you feel sympathy for the Mercs.
This book is so good I almost wish more Etonians turned into arrested African mercenaries. It's an adrenaline page-turner with a fascinating insight into Africa's recent history and people. Mann himself comes across as a person highly sensitive to morals, Africa's injustices and to those around him. If you want to relive a fascinating account of changing peoples' lives, you should read this book.
I enjoy this book.
Der Bat
What a great book, hard to put down once started, well written and a great insight into the corrupt mark thatcher and some africian dictators.