Young Mandela: The Revolutionary Years
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Date: December 2010
Duration: 14 hours 27 minutes
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.
Praise for David James Smith's Supper with the Crippens: 'Smith gives a superb psychological insight into a man who was thought to be inscrutable and inexpressive'Smith's impartial journalistic eye gives a balanced account of the events, untouched by the hyperbole so prevalent in many contemporary accounts.''Herald