Readership: General readers seeking to understand this internationally famous figure; readers of twentieth century political history or African history; readers of biography; students in media and cultural studies, colonial and postcolonial studies, and in literary and textual criticism.
Elleke Boehmer, Professor of World Literature in English, University of Oxford
"An excellent overview of his career...[and] much more than just a "Very Short Introduction"." - Independent.
1: Mandela - Story and symbol
2: Scripting a Life - The early years
3: Growth of a National Icon - Later years
4: Influences and Interactions
5: Sophiatown Sophisticate
6: Masculine Performer
7: Spectres in the Prison Garden
8: Mandela's futures - The ethical legacy
Author Elleke Boehmer introduces 'Nelson Mandela: A Very Short Introduction' in this 'Meet the Author' video Nelson Mandela: A Very Short Introduction - a reading guide