Book draws on stories from Strengel’s three years of shadowing and interviewing Nelson Mandela…Strengel collaborated with Mandela on his 1994 autobiography, “Long Walk to Freedom and is Editor of Time Magazine…”
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“Nelson Mandela has walked a long road, and Richard Stengel’s artful distillation of the lessons learned along the way is a gift. Through anecdotes both heartwarming and heartbreaking, this uplifting, inspiring volume makes Mandela’s hard-won wisdom accessible to anyone who wants to play a part in making the world a better place.”
—Greg Mortenson, author of Three Cups of Tea
“MANDELA’S WAY takes us into the inner life of one of the most of important heroes of the century. There are lessons here that could radically change the way you live your life.”
“MANDELA’S WAY is a timely and welcome reminder of this great man’s political genius, personal integrity, and peerless instinct for survival and triumph. Every world leader should keep MANDELA’S WAY within easy reach.”
If the world has come to value Mr. Mandela as a statesman, few have been privileged to know the man behind the icon, the flesh-and-blood human being. One who has is Richard Stengel, the editor of Time magazine, who collaborated with Mr. Mandela on his 1994 autobiography, “Long Walk to Freedom,” and who has remained close to him since. In “Mandela’s Way,” Mr. Stengel distills various life lessons from Mr. Mandela’s personal experience and from their conversations over the years…
…In the dock in 1964—about to be sentenced either to hanging or, as it turned out, to life imprisonment—Mr. Mandela said: “I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the idea of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities.” He said virtually the same words upon his release in 1990 and later governed South Africa accordingly…
Nowhere is Mr. Mandela’s largeness of spirit more apparent than in his willingness to reach out to those who had persecuted him. He invited his prison guards to his inauguration, paid a courtesy call on Betsie Verwoerd, the widow of the man who had sent him to prison for life, and invited the over-zealous prosecutor Percy Yutar, who had made every effort to have him hanged, to a kosher lunch at the presidential residence in Pretoria. Mr. Stengel cites Winston Churchill as someone Mr. Mandela sought to emulate, and Mr. Mandela certainly did practice Churchill’s motto: “In Victory, Magnanimity…”
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Richard Stengel is the managing editor of TIME, which has 25 million readers worldwide. He also oversees TIME.com, which draws 7 million unique visitors a month, and TIME’s other brand extensions, including TIME For Kids. He was named TIME’s 16th managing editor on May 17, 2006.
Among his other notable achievements, Stengel collaborated with Nelson Mandela on Mandela’s best-selling 1993 autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, and later served as co-producer of the 1996 Oscar-nominated documentary Mandela. He also served as the co-moderator for the ServiceNation Presidential Candidates Forum on September 11, 2008, where he interviewed Senators John McCain and Barack Obama on their views about national service. Additionally, Stengel is a member of the board of trustees of City Year, one of the lead partners of the ServiceNation coalition.
Stengel has a long history with TIME, having served at different times as the magazine’s national and culture editor as well as the editor of TIME.com. As a senior writer and essayist he covered both the 1996 and 1988 Presidential campaigns. Stengel has also written for The New Yorker, The New Republic and the New York Times. In 1998 he taught a course at Princeton called “Politics and the Press” before moving to a very different political arena in 1999 as a senior adviser and chief speechwriter for presidential candidate Bill Bradley.
Most recently, Stengel was President and CEO of the National Constitution Center, a museum, education center and think tank on Independence Mall in Philadelphia.
In addition to his work on Long Walk to Freedom, Stengel has written several books including Mandela’s Way, January Sun: One Day, Three Lives, A South African Town and You’re Too Kind: A Brief History of Flattery. He is also a member of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism’s Board of Advisors.
Stengel graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University in 1977 and played on its 1975 NIT-winning basketball team. As a Rhodes Scholar he studied English and history at Christ Church College, Oxford. A native New Yorker, Stengel is married to Mary Pfaff. They have two sons.