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Desmond Tutu: A Biography

Desmond Tutu: A Biography

by Steven D. GishSteven D. Gish


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History will remember Desmond Tutu, who has been called South Africa's Martin Luther King, Jr., as a great leader in the struggle against apartheid. In this new biography, which includes original quotations from the author's interviews with Tutu, readers will follow the steady progress of a boy and man who has held an irrepressible faith in humankind and his God. They will learn about his family, schooling, important mentors, and extraordinary career trajectory in South Africa and abroad. Now retired, Tutu's accomplishments and contributions to the world can be fully appreciated.

The clear explanation of the policy of apartheid, how it affected Tutu and his family, and how he helped to bring it crashing down will affect and inform students as no history alone can. They will marvel over his sparkling wit and effervescent personality, his nonviolent stance in the face of intense racial hatred and harassment, and his persistence against enormous odds. This will be an effortless, enjoyable, enlightening and inspiring read.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313328602
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/30/2004
Series: Greenwood Biographies Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

STEVEN D. GISH is Associate Professor of History at Auburn University of Montgomery in Alabama and specializes in South African and African history.

Table of Contents

Series Foreword


Timeline of Events in the Life of Desmond Tutu



Teaching in a Land of Apartheid

Entering the Priesthood

Relocating to Britain

Return to Southern Africa

Second Stay in Britain

New Challenges in Southern Africa

General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches

Rising International Profile

Bishop of Johannesburg

Archbishop of Cape Town

Witnessing the Birth of a New South Africa

Truth and Reconciliation

Too Busy to Retire


Selection of Published Works by Desmond Tutu

Selected Bibliography


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