Young Mandela by David James Smith
The Revolutionary Years

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Nelson Mandela is well-known throughout the world as a heroic leader who symbolizes freedom and moral authority. He is fixed in the public mind as the world's elder statesman--the gray-haired man with a kindly smile who spent 27 years in prison before becoming the first black president in South Africa.

But Nelson Mandela was not always elderly or benign. And, in YOUNG MANDELA, award-winning journalist and author David James Smith takes us deep into the heart of racist South Africa to paint a portrait of the Mandela that many have forgotten: the committed revolutionary who left his family behind to live on the run, adopting false names and disguises and organizing the first strikes to overthrow the apartheid state. YOUNG MANDELA lifts the curtain on an icon's first steps to greatness.
 

About David James Smith

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David James Smith was born in south London in 1956 and has been a journalist all of his work life. He wrote for the monthly magazine Esquire before joining the Sunday Times Magazine. He is the author of The Sleep of Reason, All About Jill, and Supper with the Crippens. He lives in Lewes, East Sussex.
 
Published December 6, 2010 by Little, Brown and Company. 391 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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A biography shepherded by the Nelson Mandela Foundation and written by an English journalist attains distance from and clarity on the life of the near-sainted South African leader.

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Publishers Weekly

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Longtime journalist Smith (One Morning in Sarajevo) digs into newly discovered government documents and firsthand interviews (though none with the supportive but ailing Nelson Mandela himself) in huma

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Last week it was announced that Nelson Mandela's 13-year-old great-granddaughter, Zenani, named after one of Mandela's two children by Winnie, was killed in a car crash on the way home from the World Cup opening party.

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The Guardian

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There could not be a more poignant moment for the release of a book about Nelson Mandela's personal life, and the complex interplay of political imperatives and family commitments that have bedevilled it.

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The last but one section of the book, describing as it does .

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Politics » |

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