Zed Books is delighted to announce the launch of its first e-book short, Nelson Mandela: The Black Pimpernel, published this week in tribute to the late South African peacemaker.
Written by Elleke Boehmer, author of the best-selling biography Nelson Mandela: A Very Short Introduction (OUP), the essay is both a careful analysis of the leader's impassioned rhetoric and a celebration of the pre-presidential Mandela at a point of momentous transition. In doing so, Boehmer traces how 'Madiba' emerged as a skilled orator and master of political theatre, and the ways in which Obama would later adopt these to great success.
Nelson Mandela: The Black Pimpernel is an excerpted chapter from the forthcoming Africa's Peacemakers: Nobel Peace Laureates of African Descent (Zed Books, February 2014), edited by Adekeye Adebajo.
As well as being the author of several books on Nelson Mandela, Elleke Boehmer is known internationally for her research in postcolonial and colonial resistance writing. She will serve as a Man Booker International Prize Judge for 2015.