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Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a political leader, and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country's first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election.
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War and Peace
Leo Tolstoy - 2017-03-14 (first published in 1867)
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This beautiful Penguin Classics clothbound edition of Tolstoy's great novel is translated with an introduction and notes by Anthony Briggs, and with an afterword by Orlando Figes.At a glittering society party in St Petersburg in 1805, conversations are dominated by the prospect of war. Terror swiftly engulfs the country as Napoleon's army marches o...
Nelson Mandela
1994-12-21T00:00:00.000Z
One book that I returned to many times was Tolstoy’s great work, War and Peace.      source
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The Grapes of Wrath
John Steinbeck - 2006-03-28 (first published in 1939)
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The Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression, a book that galvanizedand sometimes outragedmillions of readers. First published in 1939, Steinbecks Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression chronicles the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s and tells the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads-driven from their homestead and f...
Nelson Mandela
1994-12-21T00:00:00.000Z
I read many American novels, and recall especially John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, in which I found many similarities between the plight of the migrant workers in that novel and our own laborers and farm-workers.      source
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Red Star over China
The Classic Account of the Birth of Chinese Communism
Edgar Snow - 1994-02-15 (first published in 1937)
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The first Westerner to meet Mao Tse-tung and the Chinese Communist leaders in 1936, Edgar Snow came away with the first authorized account of Maos life, as well as a history of the famous Long March and the men and women who were responsible for the Chinese revolution. Out of that experience came Red Star Over China, a classic work that remains one...
Nelson Mandela
1994-12-21T00:00:00.000Z
In Edgar Snow’s brilliant Red Star Over China I saw that it was Mao’s determination and nontraditional thinking that led him to victory.      source
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On War
The Classic Book of Military Strategy
Carl von Clausewitz - 1989-06-01 (first published in 1832)
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Carl von Clausewitz's On War has been called, "not simply the greatest, but the only truly great book on war." It is an extraordinary attempt to construct an all-embracing theory of how war works. Its coherence and ambition are unmatched by other military literature. On War is full of sharp observation, biting irony, and memorable phrases, the most...
Nelson Mandela
1994-12-21T00:00:00.000Z
Clausewitz’s central thesis, that war was a continuation of diplomacy by other means, dovetailed with my own instincts.      source
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The Conservationist
Nadine Gordimer - 1983-02-24 (first published in 1974)
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Mehring is rich. He has all the privileges and possessions that South Africa has to offer, but his possessions refuse to remain objects. His wife, son, and mistress leave him; his foreman and workers become increasingly indifferent to his stewarsship; even the land rises up, as drought, then flood, destroy his farm....
Nelson Mandela
1994-12-21T00:00:00.000Z
I read all the unbanned novels of Nadine Gordimer and learned a great deal about the white liberal sensibility.      source
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July's People
Nadine Gordimer - 1982-07-29 (first published in 1981)
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For years, it had been what is called a deteriorating situation. Now all over South Africa the cities are battlegrounds. The members of the Smales familyliberal whitesare rescued from the terror by their servant, July, who leads them to refuge in his village. What happens to the Smaleses and to Julythe shifts in character and relationshipsgives us ...
Nelson Mandela
1994-12-21T00:00:00.000Z
I read all the unbanned novels of Nadine Gordimer and learned a great deal about the white liberal sensibility.      source
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Burger's Daughter
Nadine Gordimer - 1980-11-20 (first published in 1979)
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As a depiction of South Africa, this novel is more revealing than a thousand news dispatches as it tells the story of a young woman cast in the role of a young revolutionary, trying to uphold a heritage handed on by martyred parents while carving out a sense of one's self....
Nelson Mandela
1994-12-21T00:00:00.000Z
I read all the unbanned novels of Nadine Gordimer and learned a great deal about the white liberal sensibility.      source