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....
|Title||:||Young Mandela: The Revolutionary Years|
|Publisher||:||Little, Brown and Company 1 edition December 6, 2010|
|Number of Pages||:||416 pages|
|File Size||:||862 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
|Last checked||:||21 Minutes ago!|
Young Mandela: The Revolutionary Years Reviews
Right now, with President Nelson Mandela having just been released from the hospital at age 94, is the perfect time for you to read about his early years in the liberation movement of South Africa. I highly recommend this among many other wonderful books on this extraordinary leader - I believe the greatest of the century - and what he accomplished.
Very readable and detailed. The influential role of a significant group of non African communists in Mandelas inner circle emerges. The author avoids the uncritical eulogies heaped on the man who was trained in guerrilla warfare and founded a guerrilla army. Leadership is a combination of personal ambition and a sense of public service. The reader is given the inside story of the inevitable fall of apartheid rule and those who helped Mandela to hasten it.
I knew very little about Mandela and his struggle, thats why I listen to this audiobook. If I followed it correctly, Mandela did not fully embrace communism, but it was communist revolutionaries that he primarily worked with, they were influenced by Gandhi and tried non-violent civil disobedience, but eventually felt it was not working and thus decided to try a violent route like Che Guerva, but their preparation and attempts were laughable. They were amateurs and poor, and it did not take long for them to get caught. Mandela was sentence for life, but after 20 something years the political scene changed and he was released and became president. Mandela, was unique among most of the Africans he worked with, for a majority were just as racist as the whites, they just wanted to be the oppressors instead of being the oppressed. Mandela wanted equality. This book showed his messed up personal life, he was horrible to his wives and was a womanizer and most of those he worked with had very colored personal lives as well and yet high political ideals. Most sacrificed their families for the high cause.
Young Mandela is an interesting study of the life of Nelson Mandela leading up to the time of his imprisonment. Of course I had heard of Mandela as the first African president of post-Apartheid South Africa, but I was unaware of who he truly was and why his liberation from prison was such a big deal.
This biography covers Nelson Mandela's early years up to his imprisonment in 1964. Smith's discussion of Mandela's private life seems to depend too much on suppositions and speculation. What is interesting to me is the ANC's move from non-violence to armed struggle and the close, working relationship between the ANC (African National Congress) and the South African Communist Party.