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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 in light of 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 new biography answers these questions and more, exploring the life and accomplishments of this remarkable world leader.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791094433
Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/01/2007
Series: Modern World Leaders Series
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword: On Leadership   Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.     6
Introduction     12
A Brief History of South Africa     17
The Age of Apartheid     28
Childhood     39
Political Education     51
Exile     62
Action     76
Return to South Africa     91
Rebuilding a Nation     99
President     102
Chronology     113
Bibliography     117
Further Reading     118
Index     120

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