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Nelson Mandela

Conversations with Myself

Nelson Mandela Conversations With Myself
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Foreword by President Barack Obama

Nelson Mandela is one of the most inspiring and iconic figures of our age. Now, after a lifetime of recording thoughts and events, hardships and victories, he has opened his personal archive, which offers unprecedented insight into his remarkable life.

From letters written in the darkest hours of his twenty-seven years of imprisonment to the draft of an unfinished sequel to Long Walk to Freedom, Conversations with Myself gives readers access to the private man behind the public figure. Here he is making notes and even doodling during meetings, or transcribing troubled dreams on the desk calendar in his cell on Robben Island; writing journals while on the run during the antiapartheid struggle in the early 1960s, and conversing with friends in almost seventy hours of recorded conversations. Here he is neither icon nor saint.

An intimate journey from the first stirrings of political consciousness to his galvanizing role on the world stage, Conversations with Myself  is a rare chance to spend time with Nelson Mandela the man, in his own voice: direct, clear, private.

“A prisoner became a free man; a liberation figure became a passionate voice for reconciliation; a party leader became a president who advanced democracy….He has done so much to change his country, and the world, that it is hard to imagine the history of the last several decades without him.”
—from the foreword by President Barack Obama

“A literary album…Intensely moving, raw, and unmediated…Provides the fullest picture yet of Nelson Mandela…A necessary book.” —Peter Godwin, The Observer (London)

“There are fascinating glimpses of the inner man, and flashes of his celebrated humor….Conversations presents a Mandela more people may feel they can emulate.” —Chicago Tribune

“This book will reduce the reader to both rapture and tears....Deeply moving.” —Financial Times (London)

“A truly unprecedented moment in publishing…Stunning…Nothing short of a monumental historical document.” —The Daily Beast

“This book will reduce the reader to both rapture and tears.” —Alec Russell, Financial Times
 
“Outstanding for what it offers. . . Its collection of letters and meditations, together with its thorough index and appendix, belongs on the shelf of anyone interested in the nature of power and resistance.”
—J.M. Ledgard, The New York Times Review of Books
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