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Nelson Mandela: The Man and the Movement

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Traces the life of the South African civil rights activist and describes his election as South Africa's first Black president.
Nelson Mandela became a legend in his own lifetime. The son of a chief, he qualified as a lawyer, then was one of the leaders of the African National Congress whose long, heroic struggle against the infamous system of Apartheid is vividly described in this biography. Accused of treason by the South African government, Mandela was incarcerated for ...

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Overview

Traces the life of the South African civil rights activist and describes his election as South Africa's first Black president.
Nelson Mandela became a legend in his own lifetime. The son of a chief, he qualified as a lawyer, then was one of the leaders of the African National Congress whose long, heroic struggle against the infamous system of Apartheid is vividly described in this biography. Accused of treason by the South African government, Mandela was incarcerated for twenty-seven years, years in which he was honored as the world’s most famous political prisoner. Mary Benson follows his political and philosophical development as well as his personal life. The fascinating story of Mandela’s delicate negotiations with the government, leading to the release of fellow prisoners and to his own dramatic emergence from prison in 1990, is captured along with South Africa’s progress towards democratic elections. In that election Mandela and millions of his black fellow citizens voted for the first time in their lives. The final chapter, which concludes with Mandela’s inauguration as president, conveys the significance and profound joy of this historic event.

A biography of the imprisoned leader of the African National Congress who, with his wife Winnie, continues to struggle for black majority rights in South Africa.

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Mandela, imprisoned since the early '60s by the South African government, is the head of the African National Congress and would be head of state were free elections to be held in South Africa, many observers agree. Tutu calls him "quite simply, a giant of a man with an enormous intellect.'' Benson, a white South African journalist and anti-apartheid activist who now lives in London, draws an inspiring portrait of Mandela, drawing principally on accounts by his wife, Winnie, statements from friends and colleagues, published interviews and, perhaps most striking, Mandela's court testimony, in which he expresses his political philosophy in ringing, stirring cadences. ("We . . . regard the struggle against colour discrimination and for the pursuit of freedom and happiness as the highest aspirations of all men.'') Benson also provides a history of the ANC. (April)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393312812
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/1994
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Desmond Tutu (b. 1931) is the former Anglican Archbishop of Capetown and a social rights activist. He was honored with the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, the Gandhi Peace Prize in 2007, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009.

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