Thabo Mbeki has devoted his life to the people of South Africa, first as a courageous fighter against apartheid and then as president of his beloved nation, helping to heal the wounds caused by decades of oppression. His success is even more astounding considering the seemingly insurmountable obstacles he encountered early in life: His activist father spent many years in prison because of his political beliefs. Close relatives disappeared, never to be seen or heard from again. And Mbeki himself was forced to live in exile for nearly 30 years. What gave him the strength and determination to continue his struggle? How did the little boy from a small village go on to become South Africa's president? This revealing biography answers these questions and more, exploring the life and accomplishments of this remarkable world leader.
Full-color and black-and-white photographs. Chronology. Bibliography. Further reading. Index.
About the Author(s)
Dennis Abrams is the author of numerous books for Chelsea House, including biographies of Barbara Park, Anthony Horowitz, Hamid Karzai, Eminem, the Beastie Boys, and Ty Cobb. He attended Antioch College, where he majored in English and communications, and currently resides in Houston, Texas.
Introduction by Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., Albert Schweitzer Professor of Humanities, City University of New York; winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History and for Biography.