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From Prisoner to President: The World-Changing Work of Nelson Mandela

By Felix Kessler. Images Edited By Bloomberg Photos. - 2013-12-05T23:27:21Z

Photograph by Thomas Coex/AFP via Getty Images

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Mandela came to symbolize proof that seemingly intractable disputes could be resolved. Former Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat, East Timorese independence leader Xanana Gusmao and warring factions in Burundi all asked him to help mediate conflicts.

Left, Mandela and his wife Graca Machel greet fans before the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final in Johannesburg on July 11, 2010.