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Mark Gevisser | Guardian | 9th October 2014
Nelson Mandela's personal secretary, Zelda la Grange, paints a "devastating and undignified" picture of the president and his family in her memoir, Good Morning, MrMandela. Mandela was "besotted with wealth, glamour and particularly royalty". He "declined into a lengthy dotage, in a way that has never really been admitted before now". La Grange "betrays" Mandela, "but does history the service of humanising him" (1,330 words)
Free event on November 3rd
The Browser Looks Back presents
The Death of Old Europe - August to December 1914
A free talk with David Hargreaves, editor of The Browser Looks Back. November 3rd, 7pm, St Mary Moorfields Church, London
After the lamps went out, what next? Most people understand that the First World War saw a new kind of warfare and an apocalyptic scale of loss among its soldiers. But in the first weeks and months, there was an abrupt dislocation between the men who fought and the people left at home. Were civilians really as blimpish and as gullible as parodied? Was the media really the lackey of those in power? As for the men fighting, were they spurred on to obedience by anything more creative than the fear of execution?
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