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 Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

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In the 1940s, Mandela became an enthusiastic boxer, rising at 4:30 a.m. every day as part of an early-morning exercise routine that lasted most of his life. After qualifying as a lawyer and establishing the first black law firm in South Africa, Mandela helped turn the ANC from an organization of teachers, preachers and intellectuals into a mass movement backed by labor unions.