Young Mandela by David James Smith audiobook

Young Mandela: The Revolutionary Years

By David James Smith
Read by Allyson Johnson

Blackstone Publishing
14.45 Hours Unabridged
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Nelson Mandela is well known throughout the world as a heroic leader who symbolizes freedom and moral authority. He is fixed in the public mind as the world’s elder statesman—the gray-haired man with a kindly smile who spent twenty-seven years in prison before becoming the first black president of South Africa. But Nelson Mandela was not always elderly or benign. In Young Mandela, David James Smith takes us deep into the heart of racist South Africa to paint a portrait of the Mandela that many have forgotten: the committed revolutionary who left his family behind to live on the run, adopting false names, and organizing the first strikes to overthrow the apartheid state. Young Mandela lifts the curtain on an icon’s first steps to greatness.

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Nelson Mandela is well known throughout the world as a heroic leader who symbolizes freedom and moral authority. He is fixed in the public mind as the world’s elder statesman—the gray-haired man with a kindly smile who spent twenty-seven years in prison before becoming the first black president of South Africa.

But Nelson Mandela was not always elderly or benign. In Young Mandela, David James Smith takes us deep into the heart of racist South Africa to paint a portrait of the Mandela that many have forgotten: the committed revolutionary who left his family behind to live on the run, adopting false names, and organizing the first strikes to overthrow the apartheid state. Young Mandela lifts the curtain on an icon’s first steps to greatness.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Smith succeeds in bringing [Mandela] to life, wading in where other biographers have feared to tread to provide much new information and genuine insight.” Sunday Times (London)
“This book is valuable and fascinating, in the new detail it brings to the account of Mandela’s life.” Observer (London)
“Tells us not only of the man but of the continent and era.” Daily Telegraph (London)
“This is a long-overdue exploration of the making of the Mandela myth; one that refreshes a somewhat stale and overcrowded field.” Guardian (Manchester)
“What sets this biography apart is its author’s emphasis on Mandela’s character and associations in the development of his political career, from boyhood through the Rivonia Trial of 1963–1964; as well as the impact of politics on his personal life, from first wife Evelyn Mase—heretofore neglected in the historical record—to the ‘woman of his dreams,’ Winnie Madikizela. No hagiography, Smith’s measured study qualifies, lends nuance to, and even contradicts the mythology around Mandela’s background and formative influences.” Publishers Weekly
“Journalist and true-crime author Smith recounts the early life of the titular first black president of South Africa, carefully and skillfully weaving together evidence of Mandela’s all-too-human flaws with accounts of his political acumen and revolutionary struggle against apartheid. Narrator Allyson Johnson’s pronunciations of the numerous names and locales are flawless…Young Mandela will appeal to anyone wanting to learn more about the real man behind the legend.” Library Journal
“Narrator Allyson Johnson…has a pleasant voice to listen to and handles the multitude of names and places with ease.” SoundCommentary.com

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Author Bio: David James Smith

Author Bio: David James Smith

David James Smith wrote for Esquire before joining the London Sunday Times Magazine. He is the author of three true-crime books, The Sleep of Reason, All about Jill, and Supper with the Crippens: A New Investigation into One of the Most Notorious Domestic Murders in History. He lives in England with his partner and their four children.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 14.45
Audience: Adult
Language: English