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This chapter describes the author’s transformation from consummate activist to the lead American diplomat in South Africa. It had been a long journey for Nelson Mandela, who went from prison to president, but it was no small step for Joseph, who went from anti-apartheid “trouble maker,” once refused a visa, to the personal representative of the president of the United States as the American ambassador. He had been standing outside of Parliament with a Free Mandela sign when F. W. de Klerk announced that Mandela was set free, but he had a front-row seat as Nelson Mandela led the reconciliation...

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