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- Publisher: PublicAffairs,U.S.
- Format: Hardback | 688 pages
- Dimensions: 163mm x 236mm x 58mm | 953g
- Publication date: 30 March 2010
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 1586488325
- ISBN 13: 9781586488321
- Edition: 1
- Illustrations note: maps, black & white plates
- Sales rank: 967,075
Nelson Mandela stands out as one of the most admired political figures of the twentieth century. It was his leadership and moral courage above all that helped to deliver a peaceful end to apartheid in South Africa after years of racial division and violence and to establish a fledgling democracy there. Martin Merediths vivid portrayal of this towering leader was originally acclaimed as an exemplary work of biography: instructive, illuminating, as well as felicitously written (Kirkus Reviews), providing new insights on the man and his time (Washington Post). Now Meredith has revisited and significantly updated his biography to incorporate a decade of additional perspective and hindsight on the man and his legacy and to examine how far his hopes for the new South Africa have been realised. Published as South Africa celebrates 100 years since its founding and hosts the 2010 World Cup, Nelson Mandela is the most thorough and up-to-date account available of the life of its most revered hero.
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Martin Meredith is a journalist, biographer and historian who has written extensively on Africa and its recent history. He is the author of many books including "Diamonds, Gold and War"; "The Fate of Africa"; "Mugabe," and "Elephant Destiny." He lives near Oxford, England.
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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.