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From the Publisher
''What makes Mandela so special is that he''s a real human being. .
. . He''s got a real life. And the fact that he is so
flesh-and-blood real makes his greatness and his sacrifice and his
wisdom and his courage in the face of all that has happened to him
even more remarkable."-From the foreword by President Bill
Named one of Time magazine''s 100 Most Important People of
the 20th Century, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela has dedicated his life
to fighting racism, segregation, oppression, and exploitation-and
championing democracy, equality, and education.
Mandela: The Authorized Portrait celebrates the courage,
determination, and remarkable humanity of a great man and
chronicles his extraordinary contribution to humankind.
Much of the story in Mandela: The Authorized Portrait is
told by those whose very lives he has touched. Drawing on 60
original and extensive interviews with family members, close
friends, colleagues, and many of the world''s leading figures in
politics and entertainment, Mandela: The Authorized
Portrait tells the inspirational story of an incredible
man-from his birth and early childhood in rural South Africa and
his involvement with and eventual leadership of the African
National Congress through his 27-year imprisonment and eventual
emergence as one of the world''s notable leaders and most active
agents for change.
This richly designed portrait features a foreword by former U.S.
president Bill Clinton and an introduction by Archbishop Desmond
Tutu. It is illustrated with 250 images and features material taken
from private collections as well as the Nelson Mandela Foundation
archive-some of it published here for the first time. Mandela:
The Authorized Portrait features artifacts and facsimiles of
Mandela''s voluminous writings and correspondence-written records
of his negotiations with the prison authorities, intimate letters
to his family and friends during his imprisonment, and material
from Mandela''s personal diaries and calendars.
Mandela: The Authorized Portrait is one of the most
lavishly illustrated and comprehensive tributes to Nelson
Mandela''s life and work ever produced.