(Mis)Understanding Nelson Mandela

@article{Suttner12007MisUnderstandingNM,
  title={(Mis)Understanding Nelson Mandela},
  author={Raymond Suttner1},
  journal={African Historical Review},
  year={2007},
  volume={39},
  pages={107 - 130}
}
Since Nelson Mandela is a contemporary giant of international and South African history, he has attracted many biographers, most of whom have dwelt on his heroic and symbolic qualities.2 Some of the biographies aim to sustain or augment this vision with accounts of his early life and lineage, notably Fatima Meer’s early work. Tom Lodge’s recent book and the earlier publications of Martin Meredith and Anthony Sampson aim at explaining rather than purely narrating the meaning of Mandela’s life… 
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