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Nelson Mandela stands out as one of the most admired political figures of the twentieth century. It was his leadership and moral courage above all that helped to deliver a peaceful end to apartheid in South Africa after years of racial division and violence and to establish a fledgling democracy there.

Martin Meredith’s vivid portrayal of this towering leader was originally acclaimed as “an exemplary work of biography: instructive, illuminating, as well as felicitously written”...

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Overview


Nelson Mandela stands out as one of the most admired political figures of the twentieth century. It was his leadership and moral courage above all that helped to deliver a peaceful end to apartheid in South Africa after years of racial division and violence and to establish a fledgling democracy there.

Martin Meredith’s vivid portrayal of this towering leader was originally acclaimed as “an exemplary work of biography: instructive, illuminating, as well as felicitously written” (Kirkus Reviews), providing “new insights on the man and his time” (Washington Post). Now Meredith has revisited and significantly updated his biography to incorporate a decade of additional perspective and hindsight on the man and his legacy and to examine how far his hopes for the new South Africa have been realised.

Published as South Africa celebrates 100 years since its founding and hosts the 2010 World Cup, Nelson Mandela is the most thorough and up-to-date account available of the life of its most revered hero.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Meredith (In the Name of Apartheid) can't match the inimitable voice of Mandela's 1994 autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom. But this book is a welcome complement to that work, as the author capably synthesizes a broad range of written sources and interviews, providing a more judiciousif less heartfeltportrait of Mandela's rich life. All the eventstrials, protests, prison negotiationsare here. But Meredith's broader mission allows him to provide more perspective and background on Mandela's comrades in the African National Congress (ANC). He also gives a greater glimpse of the personal Mandela; a harsh disciplinarian toward his children who has nevertheless been indulgent toward his second wife, Winnie, whose imperiousness and suspected criminal behavior he refused to criticize after his release from prison in 1990. Moreover, on the weakest area in Mandela's own book (the time since his release from prison), Meredith has the advantage. He can portray President Mandela's mix of stately wisdom, indecisiveness, indulgence toward comrades and stirring symbolic leadership. This biography may prove to be less interpretive than future ones, but Meredith rightly praises Mandela for laying the foundations for a new society in a land riven by poverty. Photos. (Feb.)
Library Journal
Meredith's (In the Name of Apartheid, 1988) excellent analysis of Mandela's life within the context of 20th-century South African history results in a skillfully drawn portrait of an intense thinker and a tough-minded political activist. Despite the segregated and racist realities in South Africa during the 1940s, Mandela, a law student and an intern, mentioned to a white colleague, "One day I'm going to be prime minister of South Africa." On May 9, 1994, after spending 27 years in jail, Mandela was elected president of the Republic of South Africa. The author draws on deep and wide-ranging research in this biography, important because Meredith illuminates the dynamics and controversy of Mandela's relationships with South Africans of different and competing political strategies. The book also provides previously unpublished direct testimonies, court statements, speeches, and interviews from Mandela, revealing an unusually sane, courageous, and sincere man. This biography, written with Mandela's cooperation, is an invaluable resource for Mandela scholars and other readers interested in South African history.Edward G. McCormack, Univ. of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Lib., Long Beach
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586488321
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs
  • Publication date: 3/30/2010
  • Pages: 688
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 2.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Martin Meredith is a journalist, biographer and historian who has written extensively on Africa and its recent history. He is the author of many books including Diamonds, Gold and War; The Fate of Africa; Mugabe, and Elephant Destiny. He lives near Oxford, England.
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Table of Contents

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1 The Mission School Ladder 1

2 Johannesburg 23

3 Friends and Comrades 52

4 The Apartheid Machine 68

5 The 'M' Plan 95

6 The Freedom Charter 123

7 'The Fabulous Decade' 143

8 A Trial of Endurance 160

9 Spear of the Nation 192

10 Capture 213

11 Operation Mayibuye 233

12 The Rivonia Trial 245

13 Prisoner 466/64 279

14 A Double Ordeal 303

15 Soweto 319

16 Free Mandela! 337

17 Talking with the Enemy 353

18 The Football Club 371

19 Botha's Tea Party 384

20 A Step to Freedom 389

21 The Third Man 414

22 Winnie's Trial 429

23 Codesa 439

24 Winnie's Downfall 453

25 The Sunset Clause 461

26 The Loneliest Man 480

27 The Election Roller-Coaster 495

28 Reinventing South Africa 517

29 The Bitter End 533

30 The Gravy Train 543

31 Dealing with the Past 551

32 Passing the Baton 565

33 L'Envoi 574

Notes on Sources 601

Select Bibliography 613

Index 627

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