By Richard Stengel
A compact, profoundly inspiring ebook that captures the spirit of Nelson Mandela, distilling the South African leader's knowledge into 15 important existence lessons
We lengthy for heroes and feature too few. Nelson Mandela, who lately celebrated his ninety-fourth birthday, is the nearest factor the realm has to a mundane saint. He liberated a rustic from a procedure of violent prejudice and helped unite oppressor and oppressed in a fashion that had by no means been performed before.
Now Richard Stengel, the editor of Time magazine, has distilled numerous hours of intimate conversation with Mandela into fifteen crucial existence classes. for almost 3 years, together with the serious interval whilst Mandela moved South Africa towards the 1st democratic elections in its heritage, Stengel collaborated with Mandela on his autobiography, lengthy stroll to Freedom, and traveled with him far and wide. consuming with him, staring at him crusade, listening to him imagine out loud, Stengel got here to understand all of the diverse facets of this complicated guy and have become a adored buddy and colleague.
In Mandela's approach, Stengel recounts the moments within which "the grandfather of South Africa" used to be demonstrated and stocks the knowledge he realized: why braveness is greater than the absence of worry, why we should always retain our competitors shut, why the answer's now not constantly either/or yet frequently "both," how vital it really is for every people to discover whatever clear of the realm that offers us excitement and satisfaction--our personal backyard. Woven into those existence classes are extraordinary stories--of Mandela's childhood because the protégé of a tribal king, of his early days as a freedom fighter, of the twenty-seven-year imprisonment that may no longer holiday him, and of his enjoyable remarriage on the age of eighty.
This uplifting ebook captures the spirit of this notable man--warrior, martyr, husband, statesman, and ethical leader--and spurs us to seem inside ourselves, think again the issues we take without any consideration, and ponder the legacy we'll go away at the back of.