Nelson Mandela: The Making of a Leader

Fond of the symbolic gesture, Nelson Mandela plays up his dreams but never plays down to his countrymen

Just a short stroll from Nelson Mandela's modest country house in the Transkei is the even more humble village where he was born. The round thatched huts of Qunu have no running water or electricity, and shy herdboys wielding sticks tend the skinny cattle the same way young Rolihlahla Nelson Mandela did almost 70 years ago. Walking across the green hills above the village one morning not long ago, Mandela recalled a lesson he learned as a boy. "When you want to get a herd to move in a certain direction," he said, "you stand at the back with a stick....

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