Reviews for Nelson Mandela

School Library Journal Reviews 2006 December

Gr 6-9 These biographies are detailed but flawed. The chronologically arranged chapters cover major events in the men’s lives, such as “Growing up in Gujarat” (Gandhi ) and “Acts of Defiance” (Mandela). Numerous interesting photos and illustrations are included. Unfortunately, both books contain errors, such as incomplete Web site addresses in the “Works Cited” sections and incorrect quotes. Pretoria, where Gandhi lived for a year, is omitted from the map of South Africa, and the reason given for Mandela’s separation from his first wife is not the same as that given in his autobiography. For books on Gandhi, stick with John B. Severance’s Gandhi: Great Soul (Clarion, 1997). Most titles on Mandela for this audience aren’t any better than this one. Ann W. Moore, Schenectady County Public Library, NY

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