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Nelson Mandela
     

Nelson Mandela

by Patrick Catel
 

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In 1964, at the age of 46, South African political activist Nelson Mandela entered the notorious Robben Island Prison. He had been given a life sentence as punishment for his long struggle against the all-white South African governments 's system of apartheid, or racial segregation. After 27 years in prison, Mandela was released, and by 1994, he had become the

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In 1964, at the age of 46, South African political activist Nelson Mandela entered the notorious Robben Island Prison. He had been given a life sentence as punishment for his long struggle against the all-white South African governments 's system of apartheid, or racial segregation. After 27 years in prison, Mandela was released, and by 1994, he had become the first black president of South Africa. How did Mandela Manage to create change in the face of so much oppression? What kept him fighting for so may Years? What does he do now that he has retired from politics?

Not many people lead lives that make front-page news. These fascinating biographies take an in-depth look at some of the people who have made news, for better or for worse. What makes these newsmakers tick? What events have shaped their lives and led them to make the choices that set them apart?

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School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-Focusing on headline makers from the past 20 years or so, this series does not shy away from the controversial topics that are part of what make this grouping of people noteworthy. The subjects' lives are presented with depth and breadth and in such a way as to make clear how their actions impacted the world and why they are or were so important. Headlines and short descriptions of events from various years of the newsmakers' lives begin each chapter and provide context for their actions and motivations. The writing is accessible and engaging, with color and black-and-white photographs and (except in Obama and Gates) color maps complementing the text. Bhutto and bin Laden are particularly good choices as they offer provocative, compelling information about people whose personal stories are not often told. The other books are solid additional purchases.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781432960230
Publisher:
Heinemann-Raintree
Publication date:
07/01/2011
Series:
Front-Page Lives Series
Pages:
112
Age Range:
11 - 13 Years

Meet the Author

Patrick Catel has worked in children's publishing for over a dozen years. He has been involved in the publication of hundreds of titles on a wide range of topics. If it's winter and he's not working on books, he's probably hitting the slopes!

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