‘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 extent 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.’ Nielsen Bookdata Online
Reverend S Golding has recommended this book for the blog and says that it was ‘A good read!’.
As Mandela celebrates twenty years of freedom this February, it seems fitting to commemorate his release from prison by reading about his life as well as viewing films such as ‘Invictus’.
You may be interested in the review of this book by Rob Skinner at http://w01.ihrcms.wf.ulcc.ac.uk/reviews/paper/skinner.html and the author’s reply at http://w01.ihrcms.wf.ulcc.ac.uk/reviews/paper/skinnerresp.html.
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