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The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 11:28am -- WCVE

The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela tells the story of the man behind the myth, probing Mandela's character, leadership and life's method through intimate recollections with friends, political allies, adversaries, and his fellow prisoners and jailers on Robben Island where Mandela spent 18 of his 27 prison years.

It's a two-hour biography filled with insights: from Mandela's 'royal' upbringing in the rural Transkei where old chiefs still remember him as a young boy and where his values and attitudes were shaped by tradition and royal prerogative--to old colleagues' anecdotes about his self-discipline, guarded privacy and quite early sense of his own historic destiny.

Watch Frontine: The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela December 9 at 9:00 p.m. on WCVE PBS/WHTJ PBS.

Together with the many interviews, the program also interweaves analyses from Mandela's biographers, Richard Stengel and Anthony Sampson. They illuminate not only what separates Mandela from ordinary men--his singular pursuit of his life's mission, his unwavering moral certitude, his own sense of his destiny-- but also, what makes him like the rest of us: his vanity, his anger, his stubbornness.