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Rise of an icon

by Edward Wickham

Posted: 13 Dec 2013 @ 12:17

IT WILL remain one of the great what-ifs of history. What if the African National Congress had, in 1965, taken up the offer of a cam­paign song by a relatively un­­known pop band, the Beatles? Would the ANC leader, incarcer­ated at that point for three years, have been released any more quickly? It is a fascinating im­­ponderable, one of many nuggets delivered by Laurie Taylor in Making Mandela (Radio 4, Satur­day), a study of the rise of ...

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