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With beautiful color photos and well-chosen text, including contributions from South African journalist Battersby and six of Nelson Mandela's seminal speeches, this enlightening coffee table tour covers all stages of Mandela's career: a young and passionate activist, an eloquent spokesman for his oppressed countrymen, a political prisoner of 27 years, a transformative president, a larger-than-life international figure of peace, and an eternally charming elder statesman (one of many memorable full-page photos shows Queen Elizabeth breaking into an uncharacteristically broad smile in Mandela's presence). Battersby quotes Mandela the outspoken ("The grave plight of the people compels them to resist to the death the stinking policies of the gangsters that rule our country") and unafraid ("[Democracy] is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die"), and explains the man vividly on Mandela's own terms and the world's: "As he was paraded on the rooftops of limousines, in pickups, and on podiums, Mandela walked the talk." Editor Cohen has amassed a worthy, crowd-pleasing tribute to one of the world's living legends. (Feb.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.


Historic moments from Mandela's inspiring life are captured in more than one hundred iconic photos from the mid-1940s through August 2009. Six key Mandela speeches are included, as well as an informative text. - (Baker & Taylor)

Follows the life of the legendary world figure through a series of photographs at different stages of his life, accompanied by thoughtful essays and key Mandela speeches. - (Baker & Taylor)

Follows the life of the legendary world figure through a series of about 150 iconic as well as never-before-seen color and black-and-white photos of South African leader Nelson Mandela, accompanied by thoughtful essays and key Mandela speeches. - (Baker & Taylor)

This tribute to the South African leader traces the trajectory of his life fighting for the rights of blacks in South Africa, from his early years as a leading member of the ANC, the horror of the Sharpeville Massacre, the continuing struggle against apartheid, Mandela's release from prison after 27 years, and his subsequent years as a political leader. Published in an oversized format (9.5x11"), the full-page photos are accompanied by lengthy captions and interspersed with historical essays by Battersby, a celebrated South African journalist. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR ( - (Book News)

A celebration of freedom and the man who fought so valiantly for it: NELSON MANDELA

Almost 20 years ago, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela?brutally imprisoned in South Africa for his struggle against apartheid?was finally released. This beautiful illustrated volume commemorates that event and Mandela’s inspiring life and work.

Created by renowned author David Elliot Cohen?who has worked with many of the top photojournalists who chronicled the ?apartheid battles”?Nelson Mandela contains many images that have rarely, if ever, been seen, as well as the more iconic photos that have lingered in people’s minds. Like Obama: The Historic Front Pages, this will be rich in illustrations and elegantly designed, and will contain brief essays and key Mandela speeches rather than a running text.

- (Sterling)

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