Conversations with Myself by Nelson Mandela

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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.

 

About Nelson Mandela

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Nelson Mandela is a former President of South Africa, the first to be elected in fully representative democratic elections. He was born in Transkei, South Africa, in 1918. Before his presidency, Mandela was an anti-apartheid activist and leader of the African National Congress. In 1964, he was convicted of crimes including sabotage committed in the struggle against apartheid. He was imprisoned for 27 years at Robben Island prison and Pollsmoor prison. During his incarceration, his reputation as a potent symbol of resistance to apartheid grew steadily. Released from prison in 1990, Mandela received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and was inaugurated as President of South Africa in 1994. He is the author of the internationally bestselling autobiography Long Walk to Freedom.
 
Published October 11, 2010 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 454 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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New books tell of Mandela’s birth to a royal court, his struggle to adapt to racist South Africa, and the peace he maintained in prison.

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The New York Times

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New books tell of Mandela’s birth to a royal court, his struggle to adapt to racist South Africa, and the peace he maintained in prison.

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The New York Times

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New books tell of Mandela’s birth to a royal court, his struggle to adapt to racist South Africa, and the peace he maintained in prison.

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(Mandela's own version is that, during an argument, Evelyn pulled a red hot poker from the stove and lunged with it at his face, and he twisted it from her hand.) In 1968, when his 76-year-old mother had made her way down from the rural Transkei on her own, to visit him on Robben Island, Mandela ...

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The Telegraph

There are also Mandela cartoon books, Mandela children’s books and the sayings of Mandela.

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Nelson Mandela was released from prison on this day in 1990.

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Metro

Although Nelson Mandela, now 92, gave his blessing for this trawl through his personal archive, he played no part in its compilation.

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The Times

This book is assembled, rather than written, by researchers and officials from the Mandela Foundation, and though Mandela gave the project his blessing he did not take part in the assembly.

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The Times

This book is assembled, rather than written, by researchers and officials from the Mandela Foundation, and though Mandela gave the project his blessing he did not take part in the assembly.

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