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Nelson Mandela (Brief Insight)

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Publisher Comments:

Nelson Mandela--is it possible to say who or what he is? Yes, he was one of the world's longest-detained political prisoners. He is a universal symbol of social justice certainly; an exemplary figure connoting non-racialism and democracy; a moral giant. For years a man cut off from the world, Mandela became after his 1990 release an internationally recognizable icon. But why should his story be important to us in the world at large today? What do his achievements signify not only nationally in South Africa but also internationally? This book is about the different, interconnected stories, histories, values and symbols that Nelson Mandela embodies. Across his life Mandela has filled a rich range of roles: handsome city-slicker, dashing guerrilla, the millennial saviour figure. By examining these different roles as well as the principles which lie behind and motivate them, this Very Short Introduction presents an analytical portrait of a shape-shifting life. Set within a biographical frame, the book offers a more deeply personal analysis of Mandela than biographies centred on the towering public figure have been able provide.

Synopsis:

A remarkable statesman and one of the worlds longest-detained political prisoners (1964-90), Nelson Mandela has become an exemplary figure of anti-racist struggle and democracy, a moral giant. This fascinating and uncompromising biographical study paints a complex portrait of Mandela that goes beyond hagiography: it examines his quality of character, his theatrical flair, his maverick ability to absorb transnational influences, his steely survival skills, his postmodern ease with media image, and his ethical legacy.

 

About the Author

ELLEKE BOEHMER is Professor of World Literature in English at Oxford and the author of several books. She has also published four novels, including the recent Nile Baby (2008).

Product Details

ISBN:
9781402768897
Author:
Boehmer, Elleke
Publisher:
Sterling
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Political
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
STUDY NOTES - Quamut
Subject:
South Africa Politics and government.
Subject:
Mandela, Nelson
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Brief Insights
Publication Date:
20100105
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
all in color
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.13 x 5.00 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Africa » General
History and Social Science » Africa » South Africa

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A remarkable statesman and one of the worlds longest-detained political prisoners (1964-90), Nelson Mandela has become an exemplary figure of anti-racist struggle and democracy, a moral giant. This fascinating and uncompromising biographical study paints a complex portrait of Mandela that goes beyond hagiography: it examines his quality of character, his theatrical flair, his maverick ability to absorb transnational influences, his steely survival skills, his postmodern ease with media image, and his ethical legacy.

 

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