Nelson Mandela: A Biography

Nelson Mandela: A Biography

by Peter Limb


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Everyone should know the life story of Nelson Mandela, one of the greatest leaders of all time, the first black president of South Africa, the most famous African, and a major world statesman. His inspiring life receives a fresh retelling in this new biography written especially for students and general readers. This volume is an enjoyable, authoritative, and balanced way to not only understand a great man, but also to understand a critical time in world history and race relations. Mandela's quest for racial justice for black South Africans as a leader of the African National Congress led to twenty-seven years of imprisonment. South African Apartheid consumed the attention of the world, coming to a head in the 1980s. With intense international pressure on the Apartheid government, Mandela was finally freed in 1990. Through the landmark presidency of South Africa and post Nobel Peace Prize years up until today, he has continued as a peacemaker and agent for change.

Chapter 1 covers his birth into a strong Xhosa family and clan, with cultural, historical, and geographical context, and the next chapter follows his elite education path, taking into consideration the forces and people who helped shape the future leader. Chapter 3 discusses his law practice, African National Congress work, and his first wife. Chapters 4-6 continue with his growing political involvement and family. Chapter 7 and 8 deal with the long imprisonment and then freedom. The final chapters discuss his presidency and Nobel Peace Prize and life today. A timeline, photo essay, and selected bibliography complement the narrative.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313340352
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/28/2008
Series: Greenwood Biographies Series
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Peter Limb is Associate Professor in the History Department and Africana Bibliographer at Michigan State University.

Table of Contents

Series Foreword     ix
Introduction     xi
Timeline of Events in the Life of Nelson Mandela     xiii
Family and Childhood     1
Education and Youth     11
City of Gold: Law, Marriage, and Politics     23
Politics: Youth League and the African National Congress     33
No Easy Walk to Freedom: Defiance of Apartheid     47
On Trial, Winnie, and the "Black Pimpernel" Goes Underground     63
The Long Prison Years: Friends, Family, and Global Solidarity     79
Free at Last: Release and Transition to Democracy     99
Presidency and New Challenges     109
After the Presidency     123
Glossary     131
Selected Bibliography     133
Index     137

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great great great book a bit costy though books out of date