Nelson Mandela: Ending Apartheid in South Africaby Willard Crompton Samuel, Samuel Willard Crompton
Born in obscurity and relative poverty, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela became the first president of South Africa elected by a fully representative democratic vote. One of the greatest leaders of the twentieth century, Mandela is a leader whose lifetime is marked by humor, suffering, and the gift of forgiveness-rather than by a thirst for revenge. Imprisoned for 27 years during his struggle to end the apartheid state in South Africa, he nevertheless continued his struggle, emerging to help establish a new South Africa. Nelson Mandela focuses on his efforts to end the segregation that paralyzed his country, efforts that resulted in his being awarded the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize, along with South Africa's previous president, Frederik Willem de Klerk, "for their work for the peaceful termination of the apartheid regime, and for laying the foundations for a new democratic South Africa."
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Samuel Willard Crompton is a historian and biographer who lives in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts
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