Nelson Mandela

Author: Rebecca Stefoff

Publisher: Fawcett

ISBN: 9780449905708

Category: History

Page: 152

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Tells the story of the South African human rights activist, recently released after twenty-seven years in prison, and his life-long struggles.

In The Shadow of Mandela

Author: Alexander Johnston

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1788317696

Category: Political Science

Page: 384

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This outstanding and original work goes to the heart of South Africa's political problems - doubts as to the sustainability of the post-apartheid settlement, beset with divisions in the ruling ANC, factionalism, corruption and the widening of fault-lines in state and society. The 'leadership issue' has become key and this will be the first specific examination of leadership in the light of Mandela's legacy and its effect on his successor as potential and actual leaders - all in 'the shadow of Mandela' as the architect of the transition from apartheid to democracy, and with overarching moral authority and international reputation. Alexander Johnston shows how his successors are judged against Mandela's achievements, including the potentially impressive 'lost' leaders and concentrating on his immediate successors, Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma. The book concludes with an in-depth assessment of new president Cyril Ramaphosa's potential to be a leader for a 'new dawn'. This is an objective and critical work by a close observer who acknowledges the achievement of South African leadership but is acutely aware of the doubts as to the sustainability of South Africa's hard won democratic settlement. An essential read for all readers interested in leadership and in the traumatic history and future of Africa's leading state, as the continent rises to global importance.

One Step Behind Mandela

Author: Rory Steyn,Debora Patta

Publisher: New Holland Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 264

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Looking at Nelson Mandela's presidency from the view of his chief bodyguard, Rory Steyn, this tribute contains behind-the-scenes information and anecdotes. It also describes how Steyn, a traditional white South African, came to the realization that he would risk his life for Mandela.

Gandhi, Mao, Mandela, and Gorbachev

Author: Anthony R. DeLuca

Publisher: Praeger Pub Text

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 182

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Examines how four charismatic personalities, Gandhi, Mandela, Mao, and Gorbachev, led movements that remade the world through their own selfless inspiration, dynamic political leadership, and genuine moral courage.

The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela

Author: Nelson Mandela

Publisher: Liveright Publishing

ISBN: 1631491180

Category: History

Page: 640

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One of NPR's Great Reads of 2018 An unforgettable portrait of one of the most inspiring historical figures of the twentieth century, published on the centenary of his birth. Arrested in 1962 as South Africa’s apartheid regime intensified its brutal campaign against political opponents, forty-four-year-old lawyer and African National Congress activist Nelson Mandela had no idea that he would spend the next twenty-seven years in jail. During his 10,052 days of incarceration, the future leader of South Africa wrote a multitude of letters to unyielding prison authorities, fellow activists, government officials, and, most memorably, to his courageous wife, Winnie, and his five children. Now, 255 of these letters, many of which have never been published, provide exceptional insight into how Mandela maintained his inner spirits while living in almost complete isolation, and how he engaged with an outside world that became increasingly outraged by his plight. Organized chronologically and divided by the four venues in which he was held as a sentenced prisoner, The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela begins in Pretoria Local Prison, where Mandela was held following his 1962 trial. In 1964, Mandela was taken to Robben Island Prison, where a stark existence was lightened only by visits and letters from family. After eighteen years, Mandela was transferred to Pollsmoor Prison, a large complex outside of Cape Town with beds and better food, but where he and four of his comrades were confined to a rooftop cell, apart from the rest of the prison population. Finally, Mandela was taken to Victor Verster Prison in 1988, where he was held until his release on February 11, 1990. With accompanying facsimiles of some of his actual letters, this landmark volume reveals how Mandela, a lawyer by training, advocated for prisoners’ human rights. It reveals him to be a loving father, who wrote to his daughter, “I sometimes wish science could invent miracles and make my daughter get her missing birthday cards and have the pleasure of knowing that her Pa loves her,” aware that photos and letters he sent had simply disappeared. More painful still are the letters written in 1969, when Mandela—forbidden from attending the funerals of his mother and his son Thembi—was reduced to consoling family members through correspondence. Yet, what emerges most powerfully is Mandela’s unfaltering optimism: “Honour belongs to those who never forsake the truth even when things seem dark & grim, who try over and & over again, who are never discouraged by insults, humiliation & even defeat.” Whether providing unwavering support to his also-imprisoned wife or outlining a human-rights philosophy that resonates today, The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela reveals the heroism of a man who refused to compromise his moral values in the face of extraordinary punishment. Ultimately, these letters position Mandela as one of the most inspiring figures of the twentieth century. From The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela “A new world will be won not by those who stand at a distance with their arms folded, but by those who are in the arena, whose garments are torn by storms & whose bodies are maimed in the course of contest.” “I am convinced that floods of personal disaster can never drown a determined revolutionary nor can the cumulus of misery that accompanies tragedy suffocate him.” “My respect for human beings is based, not on the colour of a man’s skin nor authority he may wield, but purely on merit.” “A good pen can also remind us of the happiest moments in our lives, bring noble ideas into our dens, our blood & our souls. It can turn tragedy into hope & victory.”

The Cambridge Companion to Nelson Mandela

Author: Rita Barnard

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139941127

Category: Political Science

Page: N.A

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Nelson Mandela was one of the most revered figures of our time. He committed himself to a compelling political cause, suffered a long prison sentence, and led his violent and divided country to a peaceful democratic transition. His legacy, however, is not uncontested: his decision to embark on an armed struggle in the 1960s, his solitary talks with apartheid officials in the 1980s, and the economic policies adopted during his presidency still spark intense debate, even after his death. The essays in this Companion, written by experts in history, anthropology, jurisprudence, cinema, literature, and visual studies, address these and other issues. They examine how Mandela became an icon during his lifetime and consider the meanings and uses of his internationally recognizable image. Their overarching concerns include Mandela's relation to 'tradition' and 'modernity', the impact of his most famous public performances, the oscillation between Africanist and non-racial positions in South Africa, and the politics of gender and national sentiment. The volume concludes with a meditation on Mandela's legacy in the twenty-first century and a detailed guide to further reading.

Summary of Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom by Milkyway Media

Author: Milkyway Media

Publisher: Milkyway Media

ISBN: N.A

Category: Study Aids

Page: 32

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Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela (1994) is a first-person account of Mandela’s life until May 10, 1994, when the South African revolutionary became his country’s first black president. The narrative includes Mandela’s childhood, the development of his political consciousness, his activism, his long imprisonment, and finally his negotiations to dismantle apartheid... Purchase this in-depth summary to learn more.

Mandela's Children

Author: Oscar A. Barbarin,Linda M. Richter

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136688722

Category: Psychology

Page: 328

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First Published in 2001. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.