Island at War, Robben Island 1934-45. Lionel Crook
Robben Island is a place of scenic beauty rich memory and a fascinating history. This "island of seals" is now a world heritage site and museum because it was an island prison during the decades of the 60's, 70's and 80's. For many years black South African liberation fighters and resisters against apartheid were incarcerated. These men led by Nelson Mandela turned the island into a university of life. It was one of those places that seemed both impossibly far from Cape Town and yet touchably close. It is now a major tourist attraction and a visit to Cape Town must include being whisked by hovercraft to Robben Island. Certainly a visit to Robben Island in search of recent history made me interested in the island's history. There are many books of memoirs and reminiscences about Robben Island worth reading.