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Conversations with Myself by Nelson Mandela

Conversations with Myself

by Nelson Mandela

Other authors: Verne Harris (Introduction), Barack Obama (Foreword)

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After finishing this book, I feel like I didn't really learn much about Mandela the person. The organization was also a little spotty, and the publishers made it seem like a longer read than it really is by putting images of Mandela's letters after each section (which you don't really have much of a need to read, seeing as you've just read it).

2/5 for interesting source material direct from Mandela, but marks off for assuming your reader already knows quite a bit about who Mandela really was. ( )
  bdtrump | May 9, 2015 |
Could not finish this one ... ( )
  bohemianshell | Apr 24, 2014 |
Autobiography, dedicated to a 13 year old male Mandela, who died tragically
  goneal | Oct 24, 2011 |
Nelson Mandela was born in Transkei, South Africa on 18 July 1918. He is widely considered to be one of the most inspiring and iconic figures of our age, he had now provided an unprecedented insight into his remarkable life.An intimate journey from his life as a politician, and a galvanizing role in the world stage, he fought in the front linees of freedom and justice. ( )
  young42134 | Oct 21, 2010 |
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Conversations with Myself isn't so much a book as a literary album, containing snippets of Mandela's life, shards from diaries, calendars, letters, and also transcripts from 50 hours of recordings by Richard Stengel, who ghosted Mandela's autobiography Long Walk to Freedom (and is now editor of Time magazine). It also contains passages from an autobiography Mandela had been working on himself, in moments snatched here and there, but has finally abandoned, and allowed to be folded into this volume.

If that all sounds somewhat scattershot and untidy, oddly it's not. The book is intensely moving, raw and unmediated, told in real time with all the changes in perspective that brings, over the years, mixing the prosaic with the momentous. Health concerns, dreams, political initiatives spill out together, to provide the fullest picture yet of Mandela.

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For Zenani Zanethemba Nomasonto Mandela,
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...the cell is an ideal place to learn to know yourself, to search realistically and regularly the process of your own mind and feelings.
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Nelson Mandela is widely considered to be one of the most inspiring and iconic figures of our age. Now, after a lifetime of taking pen to paper to record thoughts and events, hardships and victories, he has bestowed his entire extant personal papers, which offer an unprecedented insight into his remarkable life.

A singular international publishing event, Conversations with Myself draws on Mandela’s personal archive of never-before-seen materials to offer unique access to the private world of an incomparable world leader. Journals kept on the run during the anti-apartheid struggle of the early 1960s; diaries and draft letters written in Robben Island and other South African prisons during his twenty-seven years of incarceration; notebooks from the postapartheid transition; private recorded conversations; speeches and correspondence written during his presidency—a historic collection of documents archived at the Nelson Mandela Foundation is brought together into a sweeping narrative of great immediacy and stunning power. An intimate journey from Mandela’s first stirrings of political consciousness to his galvanizing role on the world stage, Conversations with Myself illuminates a heroic life forged on the front lines of the struggle for freedom and justice.

While other books have recounted Mandela’s life from the vantage of the present, Conversations with Myself allows, for the first time, unhindered insight into the human side of the icon.

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This historic collection of documents archived at the Nelson Mandela Foundation offers an unprecedented insight into Mandela's remarkable life--from his first stirrings of political consciousness to his galvanizing role on the world stage.

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