Nelson Mandela: The Burden of Being a Superstar

Leaving a host of problems at home, Nelson Mandela is coming to the U.S. in search of money and renewed pressure on South Africa

If Nelson Mandela had been a dutiful young man, respectful of tradition and authority, he would have grown up to be a chief of the Tembu tribe in the South African homeland of Transkei. Instead he rebelled against tribal ways, an arranged marriage and the white government's brutal apartheid system. He eventually became the world's most famous prisoner and, since his release four months ago, the de facto leader of the African National Congress.

He will be 72 next month, but his burdens are at least as heavy as they were when he led an urban guerrilla band or sweated out...

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