×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Nelson Mandela: A Very Short Introduction
     

Nelson Mandela: A Very Short Introduction

4.5 4
by Elleke Boehmer
 

See All Formats & Editions

As well as being a remarkable statesman and one of the world's longest-detained political prisoners, Nelson Mandela has become an exemplary figure of non-racialism and democracy, a moral giant. Once a man with an unknown face, he became after his 1994 release one of the most internationally recognizable images of our time. Set within a biographical frame, this Very

Overview

As well as being a remarkable statesman and one of the world's longest-detained political prisoners, Nelson Mandela has become an exemplary figure of non-racialism and democracy, a moral giant. Once a man with an unknown face, he became after his 1994 release one of the most internationally recognizable images of our time. Set within a biographical frame, this Very Short Introduction explores the reasons why his story is so important to us in the world at large today, and what his achievements signify. It shows how our picture of Mandela is a great deal more complicated than the legend suggests: quality of character is combined with his talents as a performer, his maverick ability to absorb transnational influences, his proximity to outstanding colleagues, his steely survival skills, and his postmodern ease with media image. It shows how many different interconnected stories, histories, values, and symbols combine in the famous name Nelson Mandela. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"An insightful and eminently engaging analysis from one of postcolonialism's leading scholars. This book sheds a fascinating new light on Mandela's compelling 'magic.'"—Naomi Wolf

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780191577727
Publisher:
OUP Oxford
Publication date:
07/17/2008
Series:
Very Short Introductions
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author

Elleke Boehmer is Professor in World Literature in English at the University of Oxford. She is the author of the widely acclaimed Colonial and Postcolonial Literature: Migrant Metaphors (1995), Empire, the National and the Postcolonial (2002), Stories of Women: Gender and Narrative in the Postcolonial Nation (2005), as well as of three novels set in South Africa. She has edited the British bestseller Scouting for Boys by Robert Baden-Powell (2004), Empire Writing (1998), and the pioneering Indian lawyer Cornelia Sorabji's memoirs.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews

Nelson Mandela 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
DKO1946 More than 1 year ago
A review of other books about Mandela and their authors' approaches. I was looking for an actual biography.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hjggjj
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hi