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Author Lodge, Tom, 1951-

Title Mandela : a critical life / Tom Lodge.

Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  968.0605092 LODG    AVAILABLE
Physical description xix, 274 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1 Childhood and upbringing 1 -- 2 Becoming a notable 19 -- 3 Volunteer-in-chief 43 -- 4 Making a messiah 81 -- 5 Trials 103 -- 6 Prisoner 466/64 116 -- 7 Leading from prison 147 -- 8 Messianic politics and the transition to democracy 167 -- 9 Embodying the nation 204.
Summary "Nelson Mandela, the first African politician to acquire a world following, remains in the 21st century an iconic figure. But what are the sources of his almost mythic appeal? And to what extend did Mandela self-consciously create the status of political hero that he now enjoys?" "This new and highly revealing biography examines these questions in detail for the first time. Drawing on a range of original sources, it presents a host of fresh insights about the shaping of Mandela's personality and public persona, from his childhood days and early activism, through his long years of imprisonment, to his presidency of the new South Africa. Throughout, Lodge emphasizes the crucial interplay between Mandela's public career and his personal or private world, showing how his heroic status was a product both of his leading position within the anti-apartheid movement and his own deliberate efforts to supply a form of quasi-messianic leadership for that movement." "And as Lodge shows, Mandela's huge international appeal is a compelling and unusual cocktail. Of the sacred and the secular. Of traditional African values and global media savvy. And of human vulnerability, interwoven with the grand narrative of liberation."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Mandela, Nelson, 1918-2013.
Presidents -- South Africa -- Biography.
South Africa -- Politics and government -- 1993-
Standard Number 9780192805683 (alk. paper)
ISBN 0192805681 (alk. paper)