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Young Mandela by David James Smith
  

Young Mandela

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Ruthless revolutionary; passionate womaniser; activist; hothead – would you use such words to describe the revered elder statesman Nelson Mandela? In this fascinating biography David James Smith wades into areas viewed as out of bounds to add new information and insight into the making of the Man and the Myth that is Nelson Mandela. 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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Synopsis

Young Mandela by David James Smith

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.

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It is a brave biographer who dares the re-evaluate the man behind the myth...David James Smith's fascinating account does just that, revealing unexpected, sometimes shocking details -- Aimee Shalan GUARDIAN An eye-opening account SUNDAY BUSINESS POST


About the Author

David James Smith
David James Smith was born in Hemel Hempstead in 1956 and has been a journalist all his working life. He writes for the Sunday Times Magazine.

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Publication date

7th April 2011

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David James Smith

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Publisher

Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Paperback
352 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
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Biography: historical, political & military
Political leaders & leadership
African history

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9780753825488

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