Young Mandela

Young Mandela

The Revolutionary Years

Pre-loaded Audiobook - 2011
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In the twilight of his life, Nelson Mandela is a national hero, a world leader, and a household name. While many people know the story of Mandela's imprisonment, release, and role in reuniting South Africa, few have studied his childhood and upbringing. Here, journalist David James Smith chronicles the childhood that shaped Nelson (born Rolihlahla) into a man and reveals several little-known facts about the great leader.
Publisher: [Solon, Ohio] : Playaway Digital Audio : [Manufactured and distributed by] Findaway World, LLC, [2011], p2010
Edition: Unabridged
Description: 1 sound media player (14 hr., 30 min.) : digital, HD audio ; 3 3/8 x 2 1/8 in
ISBN: 9781441769305
Branch Call Number: SWPL 968.065 Man


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Jul 06, 2016

This is a top notch biography of Mandela's life up to the point of his trial and lengthy imprisonment. It sticks to the facts and does not fawn over him or try to make him into a saint; it certainly disillusions the reader (or rather, listener) who thought that he was a political prisoner who was put away for his beliefs (viz., he married a hardcore racist, got military training, and targeted civilian "soft" targets with bombs, and threatened to escalate the bombing campaign). Well narrated, though they chose a female voice, which I think lowered the quality due to a bit of a mismatch between the prose style (the book was written by a man) and the voice. The recording had a few hiccups (ch. 14, 17 and 18) where the recording was layered over so that there were two things being said simultaneously.

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