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Spear: Mandela and the Revolutionaries by Paul S Landau.
Spear: Mandela and the Revolutionaries by Paul S Landau.

BOOK: Spear: Mandela and the Revolutionaries by Paul S Landau.

In Spear: Mandela and the Revolutionaries (Jacana), University of Maryland history professor Paul S Landau uses hundreds of interviews, many unpublished till now, to examine the period around the founding of uMkhonto we Sizwe. He describes Mandela’s travels across Africa to train for the coming war for freedom, and how ordinary civilians debated the matter and began to further the armed struggle. In this excerpt, Landau outlines some of the issues he will tackle in the book.

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