Nelson Mandela: A Biography

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St. Martin's Press, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 596 pages
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In this, the first full-scale biography of Nelson Mandela, Martin Meredith vividly captures the epic arc of a life defined by struggle against the brutality of apartheid and its eventual defeat. He provides fascinating insights into the enduring friendships Mandela forged among whites and blacks alike, into the influential role played by his communist colleagues, and into his turbulent personal life. Meredith casts light upon the dark years of Mandela's imprisonment, when, mostly forgotten by the outside world, he was banished to Robben Island, South Africa's most notorious political prison. Yet Mandela survived years of hard labor and mistreatment to emerge as a powerful symbol of national reconciliation, and his ultimate triumph was honored and acclaimed around the world. As a champion of peace and a father of a new nation, Nelson Mandela is a hero in a world where heroes are few in number.

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A new, comprehensive biography of South Africa's leader achieves that rare distinction of making both the man and his times come vibrantly alive in a work that is notably incisive and perceptive. The ... Read full review

Nelson Mandela: a biography

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Meredith's (In the Name of Apartheid, 1988) excellent analysis of Mandela's life within the context of 20th-century South African history results in a skillfully drawn portrait of an intense thinker ... Read full review

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About the author (1999)

Martin Meredith has spent much of his life writing about Africa: first as a foreign correspondent for the "London Observer" and "Sunday Times," then as a research fellow at St. Antony's College, Oxford, and now as an independent author and commentator. He is the author of "In the Name of Apartheid: South Africa's New Era," "The Past is Another Country," "The First Dance of Freedom," "Nelson Mandela," and "Coming to Terms: South Africa's Search for Truth,

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