Nelson Mandela: A Very Short Introduction

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OUP Oxford, Jul 17, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 204 pages
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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.

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User Review  - Jesse Richards - Goodreads

Coincidentally, I had been in the middle of reading this. So hearing the news of Mandela's passing, I decided to finish it today. Read full review

Review: Nelson Mandela: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

User Review  - Alex - Goodreads

The VSI edition I read is by Erica Boehmer. Boehmer's study is an excellent, if a little tough going, examination of an extraordinary life. Rather than spend too long describing the biographical ... Read full review

About the author (2008)


Elleke Boehmer is Professor in World Literatures 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.

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