Since his release from prison in 1990, Nelson Mandela has emerged as the world's most potent moral leader since Gandhi. As president of the ANC and head of the anti-apartheid movement, he has been instrumental in moving South Africa toward black-majority rule. Throughout the world he is revered as a vital force in the fight for human rights and ...
Since his release from prison in 1990, Nelson Mandela has emerged as the world's most potent moral leader since Gandhi. As president of the ANC and head of the anti-apartheid movement, he has been instrumental in moving South Africa toward black-majority rule. Throughout the world he is revered as a vital force in the fight for human rights and racial equality. In this autobiography Nelson Mandela details the development of his political consciousess and describes his pivotal role in the formation of the ANC Youth League. He brings to life his dramatic years underground, which lead to a sentence of life imprisonment in 1964, and sheds new light on his surprisingly eventful quarter century behind bars. And he takes us inside the momentous events of the 1990s, leading up to South Africa's first-ever multi-racial elections, and his feelings about his near landslide victory as president.
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I love this man and I love this book. I began to read "Mandela's Way" but it's one thing to hear how Mandela is from someone else and it's another to get into the actual mind of Mandela himself. That's not to say that it wasn't a good book but going straight to the source sheds the true wisdom and light (as all things in life). Thank you, Mr. Mandela for your wisdom and your inspiration.
May 30, 2007
A Master Piece
By far one of the best books I have read! The book not only provided an introspective view of the racial policies in South Africa, but a glimpse of International and Global policies at it relates to race. Its' quite interesting to note that at that period of time, America, Europe and many of the Western World countries neglected to intervene it put an end to the Apartheid movement when such atrocities (modern day) were being encountered by Blacks. It puts a whole new angle on foreign policies and when/where it becomes convenient /appropriate to intervene in any given country.
The book can be used as an excellent resource, a parallelism of what is happening in modern-day Rwanda, Zimbabwe, and Sierra Leone. Quite frankly, when you read the book, it is a sad notation where race relations is concerned in and around the world, we( collectively) play an active role in finding a solution. However, more importantly history constantly repeats itself, simply as a distortion of national pride and self-preservation of ones' ideology.
Evidently, for me it served as an inspirational piece, a acknowledgment that our work as a people never ceases. In inspiration, I got great joy to know that despite Mandela's jailed time spent at Robben Island: Tennis, Reading and his thirst for Knowledge for his favorite past-time. Many of us make use of the time spent in freedom, and seldom take advantage of LIFE! His struggle, lifestyle serves as a great learning tool that even in the midst of adversity there is hope, more importantly there is a rainbow in every cloud!
Publishers Weekly, 1994-11-14 This fluid memoir matches South African President Mandela's stately grace with wise reflection on his life and the freedom struggle that defined it. Mandela began this book in 1975, during his 27-year imprisonment. He has fleshed out a sweeping story that begins in the rural Transkei in 1918 and moves beyond, especially to Johannesburg, where he became politically active as one of only a few black African lawyers. As an African National Congress leader, this military novice helped launch an armed struggle against the intransigent apartheid government, then eloquently explained his political convictions when on trial in 1964 for sabotage. Perhaps the most powerful passages involve the Robben Island prison, where political prisoners formed a ``university'' and Mandela read books like War and Peace, resisting embitterment and finding decency even in callous Afrikaner jailers. Moved to a mainland prison in 1985, Mandela, unable to consult with exiled ANC leaders, initiated intricate negotiations with the government; the story fascinates. This book-perhaps out of diplomacy and haste-covers the period since Mandela's 1990 release with less nuance and candor than other recent accounts; still his belief in repairing his country inspires. Mandela's family life has involved much sadness: he was not permitted a contact visit with wife Winnie for 21 years, was separated from his two young children and split with Winnie after his release, although he supported her during her 1991 conviction for kidnapping (a sentence she is appealing). ``In South Africa,'' he notes, ``a man who tried to fulfill his duty to his people was inevitably ripped from his family and his home.'' Photos not seen by PW. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1995-09-04 Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and the first democratically elected president of South Africa, Mandela began his autobiography during the course of his 27 years in prison. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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