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Nelson Mandela - Author

About the Author

Nelson Mandela was born in Transkei, South Africa on 18 July 1918. He joined the African National Congress in 1944 and was engaged in resistance against the ruling National Party's apartheid policies after 1948. From 1964 to 1982, he was incarcerated at Robben Island Prison and then later moved to Pollsmoor Prison, during which his reputation as a potent symbol of resistance to the anti-apartheid movement grew steadily. Released from prison in 1990, Mandela won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and was inaugurated as the first democratically-elected president of South Africa in 1994. He is the author of the international bestseller Long Walk to Freedom.

 

Photograph by Andrew Zuckerman. Copyright © The Nelson Mandela Foundation.

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Dare Not Linger The Presidential Years

Dare Not Linger The Presidential Years

Author: Nelson Mandela, Mandla Langa, Graca Machel Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/07/2018

`I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.' Long Walk to Freedom In 1994, Nelson Mandela became the first president of democratic South Africa. Five years later, he stood down. In that time, he and his government wrought the most extraordinary transformation, turning a nation riven by centuries of colonialism and apartheid into a fully functioning democracy in which all South Africa's citizens, black and white, were equal before the law. Dare Not Linger is the story of Mandela's presidential years, drawing heavily on the memoir he began to write as he prepared to finish his term of office, but was unable to finish. Now, the acclaimed South African writer Mandla Langa has completed the task using Mandela's unfinished draft, detailed notes that Mandela made as events were unfolding and a wealth of previously unseen archival material. With a prologue by Mandela's widow, Graca Machel, the result is a vivid and inspirational account of Mandela's presidency, a country in flux and the creation of a new democracy. It tells the extraordinary story of the transition from decades of apartheid rule and the challenges Mandela overcame to make a reality of his cherished vision for a liberated South Africa.

The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela

The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela

Author: Nelson Mandela, Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/07/2018

Arrested in 1962 as South Africa's apartheid regime intensified its brutal campaign against political opponents, forty-four-year-old lawyer and African National Congress activist Nelson Mandela had no idea that he would spend the next twenty-seven years in jail. During his 10,052 days of incarceration, Mandela wrote hundreds of letters to unyielding prison authorities, fellow activists, government officials, and most memorably, to his wife Winnie and his five children. Now, 255 of these letters, the majority of which were previously unseen, provide the most intimate portrait of Mandela since Long Walk to Freedom. Painstakingly researched, authenticated and catalogued by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the letters have been drawn from the Foundation's archive as well as from public and private collections held by the Mandela family and South African government archives. Mandela's letters are organised chronologically and divided by the four prisons in which he was incarcerated. Each section opens with a short introduction to provide a historical overview of each of these periods and the collection features a foreword by Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela. Whether writing about the death of his son Thembi after a request to attend the funeral was ignored, providing unwavering support to his also-imprisoned wife or outlining a human-rights philosophy that resonates today, The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela reveals the heroism of a man who refused to compromise his moral values in the face of extraordinary human punishment. Ultimately, they confirm Mandela's position among the most inspiring historical figures of the twentieth century.

Cartas desde la prision

Cartas desde la prision

Author: Nelson Mandela Format: eBook Release Date: 09/07/2018

Una amplia seleccion de las cartas que forjaron una esperanza y, con el tiempo, un pais nuevo. El retrato mas intimo de un hombre excepcional publicado en el centenario de su nacimiento. Nelson Mandela fue condenado a cadena perpetua en 1962. Tena 44 aos y pasara 27 entre rejas, 18 de ellos en el tristemente famoso penal de Robben Island, donde los presos eran sometidos a un trato inmisericorde. Nunca flaque jams perdi la dignidad: ni renunci a sus principios ni permiti que la sinrazn lo envileciera. Durante los 10.052 das de cautiverio escribi cientos de cartas a las autoridades penitenciarias, a sus compaeros de lucha, a familiares o amigos, a su mujer y a sus hijos. En ellas reclama derechos a funcionarios inclementes; insta a proseguir el combate; recuerda momentos felices; muestra cario, dolor o aoranza; elogia y anima, consuela y aconseja Las 255 cartas aqu reunidas componen el retrato ms completo del hroe que encabez la liberacin de su pueblo y del individuo entraable que asomaba tras la figura pblica, pero son tambin un documento que refleja como ningn otro la perspectiva humana de un episodio nico en la historia contempornea."e;Nunca he considerado a nadie mi superior, ni fuera ni dentro de la crcel."e;"e;Si tuviera el tiempo en mis manos hara lo mismo otra vez. Como hara cualquier hombre que se atreve a llamarse a s mismo hombre."e;"e;Nuestra mejor arma, la que el enemigo nunca podr batir, es la paz."e;Nelson Mandela"e;Las palabras de Madiba son una brjula en un mar de cambios, suelo firme en aguas turbulentas."e;Barack Obama

Long Walk To Freedom

Long Walk To Freedom

Author: Nelson Mandela Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 31/12/2017

The riveting memoirs of the outstanding moral and political leader of our time, A LONG WALK TO FREEDOM brilliantly re-creates the drama of the experiences that helped shape Nelson Mandela's destiny. Emotive, compelling and uplifting, A LONG WALK TO FREEDOM is the exhilarating story of an epic life; a story of hardship, resilience and ultimate triumph told with the clarity and eloquence of a born leader. 'Burns with the luminosity of faith in the invincible nature of human hope and dignity ... Unforgettable' Andre Brink 'Enthralling ... Mandela emulates the few great political leaders such as Lincoln and Gandhi, who go beyond mere consensus and move out ahead of their followers to break new ground' Donald Woods in the SUNDAY TIMES

Dare Not Linger The Presidential Years

Dare Not Linger The Presidential Years

Author: Nelson Mandela, Mandla Langa, Graca Machel Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/10/2017

`I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest . . . But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.' Long Walk to Freedom In 1994, Nelson Mandela became the first president of democratic South Africa. Five years later, he stood down. In that time, he and his government wrought the most extraordinary transformation, turning a nation riven by centuries of colonialism and apartheid into a fully functioning democracy in which all South Africa's citizens, black and white, were equal before the law. Dare Not Linger is the story of Mandela's presidential years, drawing heavily on the memoir he began to write as he prepared to finish his term of office, but was unable to finish. Now, the acclaimed South African writer, Mandla Langa, has completed the task using Mandela's unfinished draft and a wealth of previously unseen archival material. With a prologue by Mandela's widow, Graca Machel, the result is a vivid and inspirational account that tells the extraordinary story of the transition from decades of apartheid rule and the challenges Mandela overcame to make a reality of his cherished vision for a liberated South Africa.

Great African American Speeches

Great African American Speeches

Author: Nelson Mandela, Nelson Mandela, others Format: eBook Release Date: 19/01/2016

In this collection, African American leaders change history with the power of the spoken word.Martin Luther King, Jr.: I've Been to the Mountaintop (1968), Unfulfilled Dreams (1968)US Representative Barbara Jordan: DNC Keynote Address (1976)Malcolm X: Field Negro vs. House Negro (1963)Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas: Be Not Afraid (2001)Stokely Carmichael: Black Power (1966)Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice: RNC Keynote Address (2012)President Barack Obama: Victory Speech, Inauguration SpeechDr. Benjamin Carson: National Prayer Breakfast (2013)Nelson Mandela: United Nations Address (1990), Joint Session of Congress (1990)Reverend Jesse Jackson: DNC Address (1984), DNC Address (1988)Representative Shirley Chisholm: Greenfield College (1983)Secretary of State Colin Powell: TEDxMidAtlantic Conference (2012)Honorable Janice Rogers Brown: Return of the Forgotten Man (2011)*These are actual historic recordings, the sound quality represents the available audio technology of the era, and varies by recording.

Der lange Weg zur Freiheit

Der lange Weg zur Freiheit

Author: Nelson Mandela Format: eBook Release Date: 25/01/2014

"e;Ich bin einer von ungezahlten Millionen, die durch Nelson Mandelas Leben inspiriert wurden."e; Barack ObamaEine fast drei Jahrzehnte wahrende Gefangnishaft lie Nelson Mandela zum Mythos der schwarzen Befreiungsbewegung werden. Kaum ein anderer Politiker unserer Zeit symbolisiert heute in solchem Mae die Friedenshoffnungen der Menschheit und den Gedanken der Aussohnung aller Rassen wie der ehemalige sudafrikanische Prasident und Friedensnobelpreistrager. Auch nach seinem Tod finden seine ungebrochene Charakterstarke und Menschenfreundlichkeit die Bewunderung aller friedenswilligen Menschen auf der Welt. Mandelas Lebensgeschichte ist uber die politische Bedeutung hinaus ein spannend zu lesendes, kenntnis- und faktenreiches Dokument menschlicher Entwicklung unter Bedingungen und Fahrnissen, vor denen die meisten Menschen innerlich wie auerlich kapituliert haben durften.

Bekenntnisse

Bekenntnisse

Author: Nelson Mandela Format: eBook Release Date: 20/12/2013

"e;Ein Archiv zu haben heit ein Schatzhaus haben"e;, sagt Nelson Mandela. Erstmals macht der Vater der Regenbogen-Nation nun sein privates Archiv zuganglich: "e;Bekenntnisse"e; enthalt die personlichen Notizen, Tagebuchaufzeichnungen und Briefe aus uber funf Jahrzehnten seines Lebens. Darunter befinden sich nie veroffentlichte Dokumente wie die bewegenden Briefe an seine Frau Winnie aus der Zeit der Gefangenschaft auf Robben Island; die Korrespondenz mit den engsten Freunden; das Tagebuch, aus dem er nach dem Tod seines Sohnes Thembi die Kraft zum Weiterleben schopfte; die Notizen und Betrachtungen, die er als erster schwarzer Prasident Sudafrikas niederschrieb. Die privaten Schriften Mandelas erscheinen zeitgleich in 28 Landern.

Reisende in Sudafrika (1497-1990)

Reisende in Sudafrika (1497-1990)

Die Geographin Ulrike Keller hat 28 Originalberichte aus funf Jahrhunderten zusammengetragen, die ein komplexes kulturgeschichtliches und gesellschaftspolitisches Bild Sudafrikas vermitteln. Von Vasco da Gamas Bericht uber seine Landung in der Bucht von Sankt Helena und Mosselbay bis Nelson Mandelas Erinnerung an den Tag seiner Entlassung aus jahrzehntelangem Gefangnisaufenthalt spannt sich ein Bogen der besonderen Art, dieses faszinierende Land kennenzulernen.

Nelson Mandela por si mismo

Nelson Mandela por si mismo

Author: Nelson Mandela Format: eBook Release Date: 17/01/2012

Que opina Nelson Mandela de Sudafrica, del asesinato, de la justicia? Y de la jardineria, del boxeo, de la musica? Nelson Madela por si mismo es el primer libro de citas autorizado, reunido a partir del acceso privilegiado al archivo de Mandela de documentos privados, discursos, correspondencia y grabaciones sonoras.Las mas de 2.000 citas, que abarcan mas de 60 anos, estan organizadas en mas de 300 categorias para su facil manejo, incluyendo aspectos como su definicion de la grandeza en "e;Caracter"e;, "e;Valor"e; y "e;Optimismo"e; o la esencia de la democracia, la libertad y la lucha en "e;Historia"e;, "e;Reconciliacion"e; y "e;Unidad"e;. Sello Hatang y Sahm Venter han coordinado la edicion.

Long Walk To Freedom

Long Walk To Freedom

Author: Nelson Mandela Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/12/2011

2018 is the centenary of Nelson Mandela's birth 'The authentic voice of Mandela shines through this book . . . humane, dignified and magnificently unembittered' The Times The riveting memoirs of the outstanding moral and political leader of our time, A Long Walk to Freedom brilliantly re-creates the drama of the experiences that helped shape Nelson Mandela's destiny. Emotive, compelling and uplifting, A Long Walk to Freedom is the exhilarating story of an epic life; a story of hardship, resilience and ultimate triumph told with the clarity and eloquence of a born leader. 'Burns with the luminosity of faith in the invincible nature of human hope and dignity . . . Unforgettable' Andre Brink 'Enthralling . . . Mandela emulates the few great political leaders such as Lincoln and Gandhi, who go beyond mere consensus and move out ahead of their followers to break new ground' Sunday Times

Nelson Mandela By Himself The Authorised Book of Quotations

Nelson Mandela By Himself The Authorised Book of Quotations

Author: Nelson Mandela Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/10/2011

Nelson Mandela: By Himself is the definitive book of quotations from one of the great leaders of our time. This collection - gathered from privileged authorised access to Mandela's vast personal archive of private papers, speeches, correspondence and audio recordings - features nearly 2,000 quotations spanning over 60 years, many previously unpublished. Mandela's inspirational quotations are organised into over 300 categories for easy reference, including such aspects as what defines greatness in 'Character', 'Courage' and 'Optimism', while we learn from the great man the essence of democracy, freedom and struggle in the categories 'Democracy', 'History', 'Racism', 'Reconciliation' and 'Unity'. Nelson Mandela: By Himself is the first, and only, authorised and authenticated collection of quotations by one of the world's most admired individuals.

Conversations With Myself

Conversations With Myself

Author: Nelson Mandela Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 12/10/2010

Nelson Mandela is 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 opened his personal archive, which offers an unprecedented insight into his remarkable life. Conversations With Myself gives readers access to the private man behind the public figure: from letters written in the darkest hours of Mandela's twenty-seven years of imprisonment to the draft of an unfinished sequel to Long Walk to Freedom. Here he is making notes and even doodling during meetings, or recording troubled dreams on the desk calendar of his cell on Robben Island; writing journals while on the run during the anti-apartheid struggles in the early 1960s, or conversing with friends in almost seventy hours of recorded conversations. In these pages he is neither an icon nor a saint; here he is like you and me. An intimate journey from the first stirrings of his political conscience 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 words: direct, clear, private.

Conversations with Myself

Conversations with Myself

Author: Nelson Mandela Format: eBook Release Date: 11/10/2010

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 in Robben Island and other South African prisons during his twenty-seven years of incarceration; notebooks from the postapartheid 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 consciousness 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.

Long Walk to Freedom

Long Walk to Freedom

Author: Nelson Mandela Format: eBook Release Date: 11/03/2008

The book that inspired the major new motion picture Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.Nelson Mandela is one of the great moral and political leaders of our time: an international hero whose lifelong dedication to the fight against racial oppression in South Africa won him the Nobel Peace Prize and the presidency of his country. Since his triumphant release in 1990 from more than a quarter-century of imprisonment, Mandela has been at the center of the most compelling and inspiring political drama in the world. As president of the African National Congress and head of South Africa's antiapartheid movement, he was instrumental in moving the nation toward multiracial government and majority rule. He is revered everywhere as a vital force in the fight for human rights and racial equality.LONG WALK TO FREEDOM is his moving and exhilarating autobiography, destined to take its place among the finest memoirs of history's greatest figures. Here for the first time, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela tells the extraordinary story of his life--an epic of struggle, setback, renewed hope, and ultimate triumph.

In His Own Words From Freedom to the Future

In His Own Words From Freedom to the Future

Author: Nelson Mandela Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/12/2004

IN HIS OWN WORDS is a selection of Nelson Mandela's speeches, providing a lively, memorable profile of his lifelong commitment to freedom and reconciliation, democracy, and the flourishing of all the people of South Africa, Africa and the world. Arranged thematically, each section of speeches is introduced by a leading figure, such as Kofi Annan and Desmond Tutu. In these introductory essays, the authors pay tribute to Nelson Mandela's achievements, animating their accounts with personal memories, stories and reflections. Covering a range of topics of our times - struggle and reconciliation, freedom, religion and nation building, culture, education and health, children and development - the book also features Mandela's own tributes to South African heroes such as Steve Biko, Oliver Tambo and Walter Sisulu.

Long Walk To Freedom Vol 2 1962-1994

Long Walk To Freedom Vol 2 1962-1994

Author: Nelson Mandela Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2003

The riveting memoirs of the outstanding moral and political leader of our time, LONG WALK TO FREEDOM brilliantly recreates the drama of the experiences that helped shape Nelson Mandela's destiny. From his imprisonment on Robben Island to his remarkable journey to freedom and inauguration as President this book describes Mandela's frustrations and strength of heart as well as the overwhelming joy of freedom and power. Emotive and compelling, it completes the story of an epic life. 'Burns with the luminosity of faith in the invincible nature of human hope and dignity . . . Unforgettable' ANDRE BRINK 'Enthralling . . . Mandela emulates the few great political leaders such as Lincoln and Gandhi, who go beyond mere consensus and move out ahead of their followers to break new ground' Donald Woods in the SUNDAY TIMES

No Easy Walk to Freedom Speeches, Letters and Other Writings

No Easy Walk to Freedom Speeches, Letters and Other Writings

Author: Nelson Mandela, Ato Quayson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/2002

'There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountain tops of our desires.' After twenty-seven years in prison, Nelson Mandela finally walked free in February 1990. This collection of his articles, speeches, letters from underground, and the transcripts from his trials vividly demonstrates the charisma and determination of a towering figure in the struggle for racial equality in South Africa. Now in a new edition, No Easy Walk to Freedom is both a vital historical document and a chronicle of the life and thoughts of one of the greatest campaigners for freedom the world has known.

Transitional Justice: How Emerging Democracies Reckon with Former Regimes Laws, Rulings, and Reports

Transitional Justice: How Emerging Democracies Reckon with Former Regimes Laws, Rulings, and Reports

Author: Nelson Mandela Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/1999

How should an emerging democracy cope with the legacy of an ousted repressive regime? How can a new society redress past abuses without creating new injustices, while peacefully integrating the victims and the perpetrators?By bringing together the collective experience of numerous countries and cultures over the past fifty years, this three-volume compilation of readings provides an invaluable resource for government officials, private organizations, scholars, and others involved in the transitions of today and tomorrow.

Transitional Justice: How Emerging Democracies Reckon with Former Regimes Country Studies

Transitional Justice: How Emerging Democracies Reckon with Former Regimes Country Studies

Author: Nelson Mandela Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/1999

How should an emerging democracy cope with the legacy of an ousted repressive regime? How can a new society redress past abuses without creating new injustices, while peacefully integrating the victims and the perpetrators?By bringing together the collective experience of numerous countries and cultures over the past fifty years, this three-volume compilation of readings provides an invaluable resource for government officials, private organizations, scholars, and others involved in the transitions of today and tomorrow.

Long Walk To Freedom

Long Walk To Freedom

Author: Nelson Mandela Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/10/1995

2018 is the centenary of Nelson Mandela's birth 'Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand history - and then go out and change it' President Barack Obama 'The authentic voice of Mandela shines through this book . . . humane, dignified and magnificently unembittered' The Times The riveting memoirs of the outstanding moral and political leader of our time, A Long Walk to Freedom brilliantly re-creates the drama of the experiences that helped shape Nelson Mandela's destiny. Emotive, compelling and uplifting, A Long Walk to Freedom is the exhilarating story of an epic life; a story of hardship, resilience and ultimate triumph told with the clarity and eloquence of a born leader. 'Burns with the luminosity of faith in the invincible nature of human hope and dignity . . . Unforgettable' Andre Brink 'Enthralling . . . Mandela emulates the few great political leaders such as Lincoln and Gandhi, who go beyond mere consensus and move out ahead of their followers to break new ground' Sunday Times

No Easy Walk to Freedom

No Easy Walk to Freedom

Author: Nelson Mandela Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/07/1986

This is a collection of Nelson Mandela's articles, speeches, letters from underground and the transcripts of his trials. The articles illustrate the magnetic attraction of one of the foremost campaigners for freedom Africa has ever known.