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Young Mandela
David James Smith

Classification : Biography & Memoir
Pub Date : Apr 04, 2011
Imprint : Phoenix
Page Extent : 320
Binding : PB
ISBN : 9780753825488
Price : 599

About the book
Mandela is the ultimate global figure, and there are highly successful stories of other young lives of iconic figures (YOUNG STALIN by Simon Sebag Montefiore and THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES movie, which is about a young Che Guevara).
Published with a commercial package for the paperback market.
Public interest in Mandela is always fierce and with the publication of his diaries in autumn 2010, interest in him will only grow. YOUNG MANDELA is the perfect companion to Mandela's own writing and is more revealing than other biographies.
YOUNG MANDELA has received brilliant review coverage.
Public interest in Mandela is always fierce and with the publication of his diaries in autumn 2010, interest in him will only grow. YOUNG MANDELA is the perfect companion to Mandela's own writing and is more revealing than other biographies.
Public interest in Mandela is always fierce and with the publication of his diaries in autumn 2010, interest in him will only grow. YOUNG MANDELA is the perfect companion to Mandela's own writing and is more revealing than other biographies.
Nelson Mandela has been mythologised as a flawless hero of the liberation struggle. But how exactly did his early life shape the triumphs to come? This book goes behind the myth to find the man who people have forgotten or never knew - Young Mandela, the committed freedom fighter, who left his wife and children behind to go on the run from the police in the early 1960s. But his historic achievements came at a heavy price and David James Smith graphically describes the emotional turmoil Mandela left in his wake.After meticulous research, and taking a lead from Mandela's trusted circle, the author discovers much that is new, surprising, and sometimes shocking that will enhance our understanding of the world's elder statesman. For the first time, we have evidence of a specific personal motivation for Mandela's fight against apartheid, and this book sheds light on the significant extent to which Mandela relied on white activists - a part of South African history the ANC has ignored or tried to bury. Sanctified, lionised, it turns out that Mandela is a human being after all, only too aware of his flaws and shortcomings. With unique access to people and papers, culminating in a meeting with Mandela himself, Smith has written the single most important contribution to our knowledge of this global icon.

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'This book is valuable and fascinating, in the new detail it brings to the account of Mandela's life'

'This is a long-overdue exploration of the making of the Mandela myth; one that refreshes a somewhat stale and overcrowded field'
'Smith succeeds in bringing [Mandela] to life, wading in where other biographers have feared to tread to provide much new information and genuine insight'

'This book is valuable and fascinating, in the new detail it brings to the account of Mandela's life'

'This is a long-overdue exploration of the making of the Mandela myth; one that refreshes a somewhat stale and overcrowded field'
'Smith succeeds in bringing [Mandela] to life, wading in where other biographers have feared to tread to provide much new information and genuine insight'

'This book is valuable and fascinating, in the new detail it brings to the account of Mandela's life'

'This is a long-overdue exploration of the making of the Mandela myth; one that refreshes a somewhat stale and overcrowded field'
'Smith succeeds in bringing [Mandela] to life, wading in where other biographers have feared to tread to provide much new information and genuine insight'
     
David James Smith
David James Smith was born in 1956 and has been a journalist all his working life. He writes for the Sunday Times Magazine and Esquire.
Books by David James Smith
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Young Mandela (PB)