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Diana

The Portrait

Diana( )
Author: Coward, Rosalind
Foreword by: Mandela, Nelson
Introduction by: McCorquodale, Sarah
ISBN:978-0-7407-6792-0
Publication Date:Jul 2007
Publisher:Andrews McMeel Publishing
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:USD $29.95
Book Description:

As the only book to be fully endorsed by the late Princess's estate and the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund, this Anniversary Edition by journalist Rosalind Coward stands as a unique and lasting testament to the life and work of one of the most extraordinary and enduring icons of the 20th century.Drawing on more than 200 original interviews with friends, family members, and international luminaries, the book features a foreword by Nelson Mandela and an introduction by Diana's...
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Book Details
Pages:248
Detailed Subjects: Biography & Autobiography / Royalty
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):9.88 x 11.38 x 1 Inches
Book Weight:3.345 Pounds
Author Biography
Coward, Rosalind (Author)
Nelson Mandela was born Rolihlahla Mandela on July 18, 1918 in Mvezo, South Africa. His teacher later named him Nelson as part of a custom to give all schoolchildren Christian names. He briefly attended University College of Fort Hare but was expelled after taking part in a protest with Oliver Tambo, with whom he later operated the nation's first black law firm. He eventually completed a bachelor's degree through correspondence courses and studied law at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. He left without graduating in 1948.

Mandela was part of the African National Congress (ANC) and spent many years as a freedom fighter. When the South African government outlawed the ANC after the Sharpeville Massacre, he went underground to form a new military wing of the organization. In 1964, he was sentenced to life in prison for sabotage and conspiracy to overthrow the government. Instead of testifying at the trial, he opted to give a speech that was more than four hours long and ended with a defiant statement. While in prison, he received a bachelor's degree in law in absentia from the University of South Africa.

In 1990, Mandela was released from prison after 27 years. He served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, and was the first South African president to be elected in a fully representative democratic election. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize with former South African President F.W. de Klerk in 1993 for transitioning the nation from a system of racial segregation. After leaving the presidency, Mandela retired from active politics, but continued championing causes such as human rights, world peace and the fight against AIDS. He died on November 5, 2013 at the age of 95.

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