December 9, 2013

Mandela the Politician

Stanley Greenberg, Bloomberg

The Associated Press

I spent two decades working to defeat apartheid -- the greatest injustice of our time -- and strengthen the ANC. I understood the symbolic power of Mandela’s rise. What I hadn’t bargained on was Mandela the politician -- a leader deeply engaged in campaign strategy and tactics in the first truly democratic election in South Africa.

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India's Powerful Lesson
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John Campbell, Foreign Policy
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