Mandela's Way by Richard Stengel
Lessons on Life, Love, and Courage

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A compact, profoundly inspiring book that captures the spirit of Nelson Mandela, distilling the South African leader’s wisdom into 15 vital life lessons

We long for heroes and have too few. Nelson Mandela, who died in 2013 at the age of ninety-five, is the closest thing the world has to a secular saint. He liber­ated a country from a system of violent prejudice and helped unite oppressor and oppressed in a way that had never been done before.

Now Richard Stengel, the editor of Time maga­zine, has distilled countless hours of intimate conver­sation with Mandela into fifteen essential life lessons. For nearly three years, including the critical period when Mandela moved South Africa toward the first democratic elections in its history, Stengel collaborated with Mandela on his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, and traveled with him everywhere. Eating with him, watching him campaign, hearing him think out loud, Stengel came to know all the different sides of this complex man and became a cherished friend and colleague.

In Mandela’s Way, Stengel recounts the moments in which “the grandfather of South Africa” was tested and shares the wisdom he learned: why courage is more than the absence of fear, why we should keep our rivals close, why the answer is not always either/or but often “both,” how important it is for each of us to find something away from the world that gives us pleasure and satisfaction—our own garden. Woven into these life lessons are remarkable stories—of Mandela’s child­hood as the protégé of a tribal king, of his early days as a freedom fighter, of the twenty-seven-year imprison­ment that could not break him, and of his fulfilling remarriage at the age of eighty.

This uplifting book captures the spirit of this extraordinary man—warrior, martyr, husband, statesman, and moral leader—and spurs us to look within ourselves, reconsider the things we take for granted, and contemplate the legacy we’ll leave behind.


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About Richard Stengel

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Richard Stengel was most recently a senior editor at Time and has contributed to The New Yorker, The New Republic, GQ, and MSNBC.com. He is the author of January Sun, a book about life in a small South African town, and he collaborated with Nelson Mandela on Long Walk to Freedom. Stengel lives in New York City with his wife and son. VISIT THE AUTHOR'S WEB SITE AT www.richardstengel.com
 
Published March 18, 2010 by Crown Archetype. 256 pages
Genres: Self Help, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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The lessons to be drawn from Nelson Mandela's character and experience.

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The hotheaded young Mandela, protégé of a tribal king who turned into a fierce freedom fighter, grew gradually into a man who, literally and figuratively, “found his own garden.” Though at age 91 Mandela is in the twilight of his life, he still personifies this grand lesson plan, these 15 decepti...

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"Mandela's Way: Fifteen Lessons on Life, Love, and Courage" (Crown, 256 pages, $23), by Richard Stengel: WWNMD - What would Nelson Mandela do?

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