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Tree Shaker : The Story of Nelson Mandela

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This fascinating biography looks at the life of Nelson Mandela, placing his awe-inspiring accomplishments in historical context for a new generation to admire. On a February day in 1994, Mandela visited Robben Island, a desolate rock where he had been held during his twenty-seven years as a prisoner. Days later, he triumphed in an election that rescued South Africa from the climate of oppression that had held sway for so long. By New York Times executive editor, Bill Keller, Tree Shaker looks at the events that led Mandela from his tribal homeland to the center of the struggle for racial equality in South Africa. From early acts of protest to the leadership of an apartheid-free nation, this is an honest portrayal of the astonishing life of a modern political and social icon.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 128 pages
  • 137.16 x 210.82 x 17.78mm | 249.47g
  • Pan MacMillan
  • Kingfisher Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Maps; Illustrations, black and white
  • 0753471841
  • 9780753471845
  • 2,140,892

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"With its striking layout, bright graphics and photographs on almost every page, Keller's biography of Mandela vibrates with the feeling of history come alive."--The New York Times"Keller's vivid writing brings to life his subject and the complex history of South Africa."--The Horn Book Guide"On-the-spot reporting of the end of apartheid, of Mandela's release from prison, and the excitement of the countrys first democratic elections makes this more than the usual biography." --Booklist "With its striking layout, bright graphics and photographs on almost every page, Keller's biography of Mandela vibrates with the feeling of history come alive." --The New York Times"Keller's vivid writing brings to life his subject and the complex history of South Africa." --The Horn Book Guide"On-the-spot reporting of the end of apartheid, of Mandela's release from prison, and the excitement of the countrys first democratic elections makes this more than the usual biography." --Booklist With its striking layout, bright graphics and photographs on almost every page, Keller's biography of Mandela vibrates with the feeling of history come alive. "The New York Times" Keller's vivid writing brings to life his subject and the complex history of South Africa. "The Horn Book Guide" On-the-spot reporting of the end of apartheid, of Mandela's release from prison, and the excitement of the countrys first democratic elections makes this more than the usual biography. "Booklist""show more

About Bill Keller

Bill Keller has worked at The New York Times for more than twenty years, serving as executive editor, domestic correspondent, foreign correspondent, foreign editor, managing editor, and currently as an op-ed columnist. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the Soviet Union in 1989 and was chief of the Johannesburg bureau from 1992 to 1995, witnessing firsthand the remarkable events that led to the first free election in South Africa. He lives in New York. Combining the experience of New York Times journalists with extensive photograph and article archives, New York Times books bring politics, science, history, and contemporary issues to a new generation of readers.show more

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82 ratings
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4 35% (29)
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