The Nelson Mandela Foundation has announced that a new book by former South Africa President and global icon Nelson Mandela, “Conversations with Myself”, will be released in 22 editions and 20 languages.
According to the Nelson Mandela Foundation the book “is an intimate journey from the first stirrings of Mr Mandela’s political consciousness to his galvanising role on the world stage. It is a rare chance to spend time with Nelson Mandela the man, in his own voice: direct, clear and private”.
United States President Barack Obama wrote in the foreword that Mandela, who largely retired from public life in 2004, is inspiring even if he is no saint. “Underneath the history that has been made, there is a human being who chose hope over fear – progress over the prisons of the past,” Obama wrote. “And I am reminded that even as he has become a legend, to know the man … is to respect him even more.”
“Conversations” is best read as a companion to Mandela’s autobiography, “Long Walk to Freedom,” which was in part calculated by Mandela and other members of his African National Congress party to stir support for anti-apartheid activists as they stepped into new roles as leaders trying to heal and develop a divided, impoverished nation.
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