Mandela: The Man, the Struggle, the Triumph

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A biography of South African human rights activist, Nelson Mandela.

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Grade 8 Up-- This book changes the focus, and expands upon, the authors' Nelson and Winnie Mandela (Watts, 1987), while some passages remain the same. It opens with Mandela's speech to the U. S. Congress in July 1990 and goes on to give a few paragraphs about the history of the Xhosa people. After a description of Mandela's ancestors' defeat by the whites, there is a section on the historical sources of the broader South African conflict. With the stage set, the narrative of his life within this system continues. The vocabulary and sentence structure are not difficult, and key concepts are developed from concrete description. The subject's character emerges through many well-chosen quotations and discussions of choices he made. Winnie Mandela receives less attention than in the earlier book, although her importance as Nelson's partner in the struggle is clear. While a few of the authors' statements are misleading, such as those concerning the origin of people identifiable as Xhosa, the closing of mission schools, and Buthelezi as a Zulu rights leader, their basic narrative and interpretations are sound and effectively presented. A list of recommendations for further reading is limited. Appropriate black-and-white photos of Mandela and other contemporary leaders are included. Although Denenberg's Nelson Mandela (Scholastic, 1991) is also good on the last three decades, the Hooblers' book provides a better overall picture of the man and his role in South Africa. --Loretta Kreider Andrews, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore
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From Kirkus Reviews:

A character study of this century's most famous political prisoner. Beginning with Mandela's youth (his middle name, Rolihlahla, means ``stirring up trouble'') and early legal career, the authors show how the South African government's consistent brutality forced him to work with groups that advocated violence, an association that led to his conviction for treason. Prison weakened neither his spirit nor his reputation; since Mandela's release in 1990, he has been working to quell black-against-black warfare in South Africa, to keep the new generation of radicals under control until the ANC's goals can be realized. This account can be read as a follow-up to the authors' Nelson and Winnie Mandela (1987); there is less detail here about history and social conditions but more analysis of past and recent (through mid-1991) events. Winnie Mandela doesn't come off well, especially in light of her involvement in the death of a supposed police informer. Source notes; bibliography; b&w photos & index not seen. (Biography. YA) -- Copyright 1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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