Mandela: A critical Life.

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Mandela--A critical Life

By Tom Lodge

[pounds sterling]14.99 Oxford University Press

ISBN 0-19-280568-1

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Nelson Mandela, the first African politician to acquire a world following, remains in the 21st century an iconic figure. But what are the sources of his almost mythic appeal? And to what extent did Mandela self-consciously create the status of political hero that he now enjoys?

This new and highly revealing biography examines these questions in detail for the first time. Drawing on a range of original sources, it presents a host of fresh insights about the shaping of Mandela's personality and public persona, from his childhood days and early activism, through his long years of imprisonment, to his presidency of the new South Africa. Throughout, Lodge emphasises the crucial interplay between Mandela's...

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