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Nelson Mandela: The Authorized Comic Book Paperback – July 18, 2009

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Like most graphic novels produced with educational intent, the art takes a far second to the didactic text in this graphic biography of the South African icon. It's tough to criticize a book created to contribute to the ongoing canonization of the still-living Mandela. The intent is clear from the lack of individual creator credits, since who actually wrote these words and drew these pictures isn't important to the Mandela Foundation; what matters is that this is an authorized, approved biography created in a format to attract the attention of younger people, those who might not have been alive during the decade when Free Nelson Mandela was a politically important chant. The likenesses are adequate in standard poses, but wildly varying when the artists are called upon to deviate from reference, with faces appearing deformed. Much of the art consists of boring talking heads. Mandela was born in 1918, and the book will be released on his 91st birthday. That's an achievement to be congratulated, but this dull history comic should be far down the gift list. (July)
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“Inspirational, informative and filled with meaningful lessons on how to live in a complex world, Nelson Mandela: The Authorized Comic Book is as much for adults as it is for children. It should be required reading for any student of modern history or passionate believer in civil rights and the resilience of the human spirit.” (Laurel Maury - Books We Like (NPR))
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 Original edition (July 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393336468
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393336467
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #573,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MAXIMILLIAN MUHAMMAD HALL OF FAME on August 11, 2013
Format: Paperback
when i first saw this book and of course always have followed President Mandela i was funny about how this book might be, however it turned into a all out education trip and it is very moving and another way of presenting history and made me study and follow each detail and the stylings and impact from various chapters and times of his life. a very moving book and very educational and a reminder of what this man did for Freedom and how he truly changed lives. truly incredible and a must have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bookie on January 23, 2014
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ONCE YOU OPEN THIS BOOK YOU ARE TAKEN BACK TO A TIME THAT IS UNFORGETABLE.VERY INTERESTING. YOU WILL NOT WANT TO STOP READING . EVERYONE WHO IS INTERESTED IN MANDELA WILL WANT TO READ THIS . COMIC BOOK COLLECTORS THIS IS A MUST HAVE IN YOUR COLLECTION OR IN ANY BOOK COLLECTION.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jino on November 26, 2013
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I read the hard copy years ago and was pleasantly surprised to see the Kindle version a few minutes ago. For those that know the story, it's great to see it in graphic form. For those that don't, it is an excellent way to be introduced to the biography of ordinary man that has lived in extra ordinary times.
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