The Life of Nelson Mandela

Tom Lodge

Mandela biographer Tom Lodge discusses the life of Nelson Mandela. Mandela is one of the most consequential figures of the 20th Century. He oversaw the transition from White rule to majority rule in South Africa.

The interview begins with a discussion of the Sharpeville massacre in 1960. This event helped give birth to the sanction movement against South Africa. Lodge has also written a book on this subject as well.

The early life of Mandela is then discussed. Next, the Rivonia Trial (1963-1964) is discussed which led to Mandela’s imprisonment until his release in 1990. Mandela’s Presidency is next evaluated (1994-1998) and then a discussion of his legacy. The interview concludes with a discussion of the present situation in South Africa and some of the challenges facing the country today.