Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood is the autobiography of South African comedian Trevor Noah. The book was published in 2016 and became a New York Times bestseller. Noah, who hosts The Daily Show, sheds light on how he grew to achieve great success. In his autobiography, Noah also employs his considerable wit to educate readers about the complex history and apartheid of South Africa. As a biracial boy, Trevor comes of age in a racist society in which he learns about the power of education and the true meaning of resilience.


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