Nelson Mandela - A Man First

Nelson Mandela, the most famous prisoner of the 20th century, was a tribal prince, the leader of the African National Congress, the commander-in-chief of a rebel army, and a head of state. But he was, first and foremost, a man. This intimate, in-depth biography traces his life from the rural Transkei to the capitals of the world, revealing the heart-stopping danger of his life as the famous ‘Blac More

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About Anne Marie du Preez Bezdrob

Anné Mariè du Preez Bezdrob is an author, former United Nations political and information officer, award-winning political journalist and radio and television anchor.

During the war in Bosnia she spent two years, from 1993 to 1995, in the capital Sarajevo as a member of the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR). Her experiences, which included assistance to victims of ethnic cleansing and negotiating the exchange of hundreds of prisoners of war; prompted her to write a book about the rigours and suffering caused by war, the horrors of genocide, the response of the international community to humanitarian crises and the challenges of peacekeeping in conflict situations.

She continues to write and speak about her experiences, encounters with individuals indicted on charges of war crimes and genocide and the effects of war and armed conflict on victims and on society.

Published works:
Acclaimed political biographies
- Sarajevo Roses: War Memoir of a Peacekeeper (Penguin/Random House/Struik 2004)
An account of experiences as a UN political officer and peacekeeper during the war in Bosnia.
- Winnie Mandela – A Life (Penguin/Random House/Struik 2003)
The book is prescribed reading at Boston University for the fourth year running.
The film ‘Winnie Mandela’, with Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson in the lead role, is based on the book Winnie Mandela – A Life.
- The Nelson Mandela Story (Samoja Books 2006)
Hailed by The Sowetan as the best biography of Nelson Mandela.
Published as Nelson Mandela – A Man First on Amazon.com

Essays in published collections:
- Glass Jars Among Trees (Jacana 2003)
- Romances to Remember: South Africans in Love – (Human & Rossouw 2008)
- Ware Liefde: Bekende Suid-Afrikaanse paartjies – (Human & Rossouw 2008)

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