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Charlene Smith Presents a New Edition of Mandela: In Celebration of a Great Life with Additional Chapter

MandelaThe global response to Nelson Mandela’s death on 5 December 2013 was unprecedented in the history of the world. Even in death, he managed to do the impossible: to inspire grief at his passing as well as joyous celebration of his remarkable life.

In this new edition of Mandela: In Celebration of a Great Life – which includes an additional chapter on Mandela’s death and the events that followed – award-winning writer Charlene Smith traces the life of a great statesman and tells how Nelson Mandela repaired the torn heart of a wounded nation.

A successful lawyer, Nelson Mandela sacrificed career, family and freedom to pursue an extravagant ideal: a non-racist, non-sexist future for a nation apparently determined to remain divided. At his release, after almost three decades in jail, he could have pursued narrow interests; instead, he publicly embraced reconciliation and social justice.

Nelson Mandela was determined to free not just black South Africans, but all South Africans, from prejudice. And it was in daring to do the unexpected, in weathering criticism from friends, in reaching out to enemies and in acknowledging the most humble that his greatness was revealed.

About the author

Charlene Smith is a highly respected award-winning writer, television documentary maker, radio broadcaster, media trainer, and marketing and communications consultant. She is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the Investigative Reporters and Editors Group, and the Authors’ Guild. She has written 14 books, including Robben Island, published by Random House Struik. Originally from Johannesburg, she presently lives and works in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

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