Author(s): Martin Meredith
Fully revised and updated, in a biography the Sunday Times described as 'a fitting epitaph to an extraordinary career', Martin Meredith details the life of Nelson Mandela, one of the most admired political figures of the twentieth century. It was his leadership and moral courage above all that helped to deliver a peaceful end to apartheid in South Africa after years of racial division and violence and to establish a fledgling democracy there. Now Meredith has revisited and significantly updated his biography to incorporate the reaction to his death, as well as giving perspective and hindsight on the man and his legacy and to examine how far his hopes for the new South Africa have been realised.
'Nelson Mandela wasn't born a statesman, he was moulded into one through hard and bitter experience and painful examination of himself and his country. Meredith's authoritative biography shows that process at work, never allowing us to forget that even Africa's most potent symbol is a flawed and complicated man' - Glasgow Herald 3/4 'In this updated piece, Mandela's work with AIDS prevention, the many scandals that plagued the ANC and the South African government and political manoeuvrings in the new nation are thoroughly detailed without bias' - Pride Magazine, July issue 'A monumental read, this latest version includes a decade of additional perspective' - Travel Africa magazine, Summer issue
Martin Meredith is a journalist, biographer and historian who has written extensively on Africa and its recent history. He is the author of many books including The State of Africa: A History of the Continent Since Independence; Mugabe: Power, Plunder, and the Struggle for Zimbabwe, and Mandela: A Biography. He lives near Oxford.