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Born a Crime

Trevor Noah

Stories from a South African childhood through to a Hollywood adulthood



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The Bottom Line

The bestselling memoir by the host of The Daily Show that recounts what it was like to grow up during apartheid when the simple fact of his mixed-raced birth “violated any number of laws, statutes and regulations.”

I. Between Two Worlds

Born to a Black South African mother and white Swiss-German father in apartheid South Africa, Noah’s very existence was a crime. According to national law at the time, Noah’s parents’ relationship was punishable by up to five years in prison. Noan was visible proof of their transgression so he was kept inside where he couldn’t be snatched away by the police. Visits with his father also took place indoors, and if the family ventured outside, his father would have to walk across the street from him and his mother. To visit both sides of his own family, he had to sneak into neighborhoods in which he wasn’t welcome, one neighborhood being all-black and one all-white. He spent most of his time with his mother’s family, seeing his father only on Sundays, his birthday and Christmas.

II. Language Defines Who You Are

III. The Burdens of Race

IV. The Power of Money

V. Witness to Abuse

VI. Business Savvy as Saving Grace

The Takeaway

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