This biography traces Nelson Mandela's life from childhood, through to his 26-year-long imprisonment, and finally to his release in 1990. As a child in South Africa, Nelson was expected to one day become the chief of his tribe. He decided to choose a different path and dedicate his life to what he believed were more worthy causes: freedom and equality for blacks in South Africa, and author Denenberg gives readers a clear historical profile of the anti-apartheid movements in that country. Containing photographs, an index, a bibliography, and a chronology of events, the book invites readers to consider the influence that Nelson Mandela had in fighting oppression not only in his homeland, but all around the world. Although Mandela is highlighted in the book as a key leader, the text includes lots of information on the conditions of apartheid in South Africa and the general struggle to abolish it. A great book to use for research, it is intended for 10 to 12 year olds.