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Published: 17 July 2008

224 Pages | 20 black and white halftones


ISBN: 9780192803016

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Nelson Mandela: A Very Short Introduction

Elleke Boehmer

Very Short Introductions

  • This Very Short Introduction stands apart from other Mandela biographies by taking an uncompromising and critical look at his life, and avoiding hagiography
  • Boldly examines the relationship between Mandela the myth, and Mandela the historical figure - looking at the way images, stories, and politics have been combined to create the iconic image of Mandela that we know today
  • Explores Mandela's life story, and explains the historical and political context of the struggle against apartheid in South Africa
  • Looks at the range of his influences from colleagues and friends to literature and poetry, shedding light on the deep-seated and often contradictory motivations of an intensely guarded and private man