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Knowing Mandela by [Carlin, John]
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Mandela was already on his way to becoming the international icon that we have just lost, but this eloquent, affectionate tribute stresses his humanity, and in so doing makes him seem all the greater. * Independent * Carlin provides intriguing insights into his subject's personality and shows how he became "his country's indispensable man". * Sunday Times *

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'John Carlin did a magnificent job in South Africa. His lucid articles were inspiring.' Nelson Mandela

A personal tribute to the great Nelson Mandela, one of the iconic figures of our time, written by the acclaimed South Africa correspondent and author of the international bestseller Playing the Enemy (filmed as Invictus) who has been reporting on Mandela since the 1990s.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1599 KB
  • Print Length: 163 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books; Main edition (5 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FWUQNWC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #390,262 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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There will be many post-mortems on the character and significance of Nelson Mandela. This short book by the journalist John Carlin is one of the first. At only 144 pages I quite expected a superficial run-through of Mandela's background and career after his release, but in fact the book is powerful, serious and focused.
Carlin was working for the Independent and other periodicals in South Africa just before and immediately after Mandela regained his freedom. He was trusted by Madiba and met him formally and informally several times.
The book does not pretend to be a full biography but instead concentrates on a few key moments which tested Mandela's political skill and grasp of strategy.

Carlin recognises the huge burden carried by Winnie during her husband's years of incarceration. While Mandela was forced into hard physical labour Winnie was regularly abused, humiliated and bullied by the apartheid police state. Her life outside prison was hardly any easier than Mandela's on Robben Island. It should not surprise us that she turned to others for help and comfort. It was a great sadness, but no shock to either party, that their relationship could not be rekindled.

The book is at its most compelling and confident when talking in detail about the political challenges which tested Mandela after his release in February 1990. The ANC was popular but militarily weak, De Klerk could not afford to make too many concessions too fast and Buthelezi's Inkatha movement meant that Mandela could not yet speak for all black South Africans.
There is a popular myth that the transition to black majority rule in South Africa was seamless and peaceful after Mandela was released. Carlin rightly disabuses us of this naivety.
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Knowing Mandela: A Personal Portrait by John Carlin is a very intimate look at one of the most important men of the 20th century and 21st century. The book shows Nelson Mandela as a total man with all his flaws and deficiencies. But within this man is greatness and the author does a great job at showing you the reader his strength. The book is clearly very well researched from extensive interviews with Mandela himself as well as people who were close to him. The book shows the reader what Nelson Mandela was all about. I enjoyed this book and I think you will too. I would definitely recommend, Knowing Mandela: A Personal Portrait.

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Another author another view point but all the time the same end result. The same vision of this great legend of a man. The more I read the more he transcends every human being that has gone before. The man is a saint the like of which will never be seen again, sadly! As I write this after reading the book the wars in various parts of the world I can't help but think ..........if only there was someone like him to guide them then things might work out better than it looks as if they will!
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