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Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela
0316548189
October 1995
Paperback
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Book Review
The famously taciturn South African president reveals much of himself in Long Walk to Freedom. A good deal of this autobiography was written secretly while Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years on Robben Island by South Africa's apartheid regime. Among the book's interesting revelations is Mandela's ambivalence toward his lifetime of devotion to public works. It cost him two marriages and kept him distant from a family life he might otherwise have cherished. Long Walk to Freedom also discloses a strong and generous spirit that refused to be broken under the most trying circumstances--a spirit in which just about everybody can find something to admire.

From Publishers Weekly
Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and the first democratically elected president of South...


Nelson Mandela
Barry Denenberg
083357020X
Sept 1991
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
According to PW , "Well chosen emblematic quotes are effectively woven into . . . this vivid and swiftly paced biography. Denenberg grabs and holds readers as he steadily leads them through the thicket of details that comprise Mandela's life." Ages 8-14. Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8-- A chronological account of Nelson Mandela's life, from his youth through his adulthood to his ultimate release from prison on February 11, 1990. Readers are guided on a journey that includes events, most of which are reflections of South African life as seen through Mandela's eyes. Always evident is the harshness of apartheid and black South African life in general. The text, executed with accuracy and simplicity, includes significant...


Nelson Mandela: "No Easy Walk to Freedom"
Barry Denenberg
059044154X
September 1991
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
According to PW , "Well chosen emblematic quotes are effectively woven into . . . this vivid and swiftly paced biography. Denenberg grabs and holds readers as he steadily leads them through the thicket of details that comprise Mandela's life." Ages 8-14. Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8-- A chronological account of Nelson Mandela's life, from his youth through his adulthood to his ultimate release from prison on February 11, 1990. Readers are guided on a journey that includes events, most of which are reflections of South African life as seen through Mandela's eyes. Always evident is the harshness of apartheid and black South African life in general. The text, executed with accuracy and simplicity, includes significant...


Bono: In Conversation with Michka Assayas
Michka Assayas
1573223093
April 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
U2 vocalist, celebrity activist and one of the world's most outsized rock stars, Bono symbolically takes off his habitual shades to reveal the relatively normal guy behind the flashy (and occasionally bombastic) public persona in this series of wide-ranging conversations. Readers familiar with the Irish singer won't be surprised that he comes off as both earnest and quick minded, but the book's long-form q&a format also reveals an acerbic sense of humor and genuine humility. Topics shift and flow in a fairly nonlinear fashion; anecdotes jump around from 1979 to 1998, from Dublin to Africa, from music to father-son relationships. Presuming that most readers are intimate with U2's history and discography, interviewer Assayas gives little background information other than the dates and location of each...


Diana: The Portrait
Rosalind Coward
0641671148

Hardcover
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An Ordinary Man: An Autobiography
Paul Rusesabagina
0670037524
April 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
The riveting life story of Paul Rusesabagina—the man whose heroism inspired the film Hotel Rwanda As his country was being torn apart by violence during the Rwandan genocide of 1994, hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina—the "Oskar Schindler of Africa"—refused to bow to the madness that surrounded him. Confronting killers with a combination of diplomacy, flattery, and deception, he offered shelter to more than twelve thousand members of the Tutsi clan and Hutu moderates, while homicidal mobs raged outside with machetes. An Ordinary Man explores what the Academy Award-nominated film Hotel Rwanda could not: the inner life of the man who became one of the most prominent public faces of that terrible conflict. Rusesabagina tells for the first time the full story of his life—growing up as the son of a...


Diana: The Portrait
Rosalind Coward
0740747134
September 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
The tributes to the life and career of Lady Diana continue with this lavish production, authorized by her estate and Memorial Fund. Coming as it does with that seal of approval, it should be no surprise to readers that this large, glossy book is tasteful and keenly decorous. It’s also rich with photos from just about every one of Diana’s 36 years. Many images and testimonies will be familiar to her fans but some——particularly the ones depicting her early years dancing and swimming, attending boarding school and working at her first job—have never been published. Unfortunately, Coward doesn’t pair the pictures with captions, so if one isn’t familiar with every detail of Princess Diana’s history, it can be frustrating to try to decipher what the images show. The text relies...


Nelson Mandela: In His Own Words
Nelson Mandela
0316110191
December 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
This collection by former South African President Mandela presents the Nobel laureate's speeches on a wide variety of subjects. The book is organized topically; each section—on struggle, freedom, reconciliation, nation building, development, education and culture—is introduced with an essay by a leading spokesperson for the respective field (e.g., Bill Cosby, Desmond Tutu). Together, the speeches chart Mandela's evolution from freedom fighter (some might say "terrorist") to president to secular icon. Included is Mandela's famous speech to the Rivonia court before his sentencing on charges of insurrection, as well as his commentary on South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The sections on culture include essays on "Music, Dance, and Poetry" and "One City, Many Cultures." The cultural...


Nelson Mandela
Gini Holland
0817268863
January 1997
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Gr 2-4--Two picture-book biographies. Holland begins with Mandela's childhood as the son of a Thembu chief and continues through his work for fair government for all people in South Africa, his imprisonment, to his release in 1990. There is little else about this world leader for this age group. Rosa Parks follows the same format: early life, civil rights work, imprisonment, and release. The information is much the same as in Eloise Greenfield's Rosa Parks (Crowell, 1973) and David A. Adler's A Picture Book of Rosa Parks (Holiday, 1993). Both of these books have a clear, direct writing style and are illustrated with colorful, attractive illustrations. Suitable additions.Anne Parker, Milton Public Library, MACopyright 1998 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Library...


Nelson Mandela
Reggie Finlayson
0822526441
September 2005
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8?This overview concentrates on Mandela's childhood in the Xhosa nation, his training as a lawyer, and his rise through the ranks of the ANC, and includes ample black-and-white and full-color photographs. His actual imprisonment, release, and election to the presidency of South Africa are confined to the last 15 pages. His divorce from Winnie Mandela and marriage to Graca Machel are not mentioned. Considering that the events following his election would update information found in Dorothy Hoobler's Mandela (Watts, 1992) or Barry Denenberg's Nelson Mandela (Scholastic, 1991), they merit more discussion. Mandela: An Illustrated Autobiography (Little, Brown, 1996) is an excellent, in-depth resource that is adapted from the heroic leader's memoir, Long Walk to Freedom (Little, Brown, 1994), and is...


Nelson Mandela
Lenny Hort
0756621100
July 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
Perfect for book reports or summer reading, DK's acclaimed Biography series tackles two of history's most inspiring human rights figures: Mohandas Gandhi and Nelson Mandela.

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