Nelson Mandela

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Conversations with Myself

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Non-Fiction
UK Macmillan
US Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc
Canada Doubleday
2010
An unprecedented personal portrait of one of the greatest leaders and icons of our time. With a foreword by President Barack Obama.

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 on Robben Island and in other South African prisons during his twenty-seven years of incarceration; notebooks from the post-apartheid 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 conscience 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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These archives contain traces of my life and those who have lived it with me.  It is a treasure house, one that is full of surprises, crossing paths, dead ends, painful reminders and unanswered questions. Nelson Mandela


This book will reduce the reader to both rapture and tears
Financial Times

Nelson Mandela's raw memoir presents the most personal picture yet of South Africa's former president, says Peter Godwin
...intensely moving, raw and unmediated... Peter Godwin
The Observer
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A conversation with himself, an inspiration for us
...a buoyant, clear mix of thoughts from a precise, legal mind, steeped in the wisdom of his forebears and the literature of the classics Isabel Nanton
Globe and Mail
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...a treasure trove of information, of memories, of lessons and guidance for generations to come. It inspires in me not only an even greater admiration for his public work, but an even greater affection for the man. Hillary Clinton
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