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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 witNelson 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....

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  • K.D. Absolutely
    2018-11-28 23:07

    I read memoirs in between fiction works because in memoirs, there is a bigger chance that the events really happened. I perceive memoirs as nearer to truth and so lessons are more rational and factual.I picked up this book because I felt that I did not know anything about Nelson Mandela except that he was a very popular prisoner and he became the President of South Africa. He fought against apartheid in South Africa and that was the reason why he got imprisoned for more than a quarter of one's life, i.e., 27 years.Imagine spending those many years in prison? It is unthinkable for me. In the first company I worked with after college, I stayed for 12 years and I was only promoted once. After that company, I moved and moved and got promoted each time. Now, when I look back at my career progression, I thought that I wasted so many years in that first company. But Mandela? He even considers those 27 years in prison to be the most meaningful years of his life!Conversations with Myself is not really the usual memoir where the narrative flows from birth to old age. It contains snippets of Mandela's life: entries from his diaries, letters, conversation excerpts, etc. The later came from recordings done by Richard Stengel who worked with Nelson Mandela's autobiography Long Walk to Freedom. The snippets were picked judiciously to give the reader not only what transpired during Mandela's 27 years in Robben Island but more importantly, what when inside his head. For example, the question on sexual release was answered by him in one of his letters to Winnie Mandela in 1962. During his stay in prison he read many books including books about similar "rebels" like him. These books include one about Luis Taruc, a HUKBALAHAP leader here in the Philippines during the 50's.Don't get the impression that the book, being a collection of snippets about the man, does not have the full picture about the man and a unified feel. Reading it is like reading one person's diary and seeing a collage of his photos or having a peek at his personal photo album. For a person as popular as Mandela, since you have heard something about him on newspapers and magazines, saw his images on television or heard your Leadership trainer talks about him in school, you already know an overview of his life. Now when you get to this book, you get to know the more intimate or personal level of the man.After reading this book, Mandela joins my personal roster of hero figures. He proves to me that we should not discount ourselves as just a speck in the universe. Each of us can, as long as we have the will power, do something (even how little) to change this world.

  • Rohan Kallicharan
    2018-12-14 02:10

    We all dream of fame at some time in our lives, yet the phrase that always returns to my mind is 'Walk A Mile In His Shoes.'How many would truly take the challenge of walking a mile in the shoes of Nelson Mandela? A man vilified and branded a terrorist by the propaganda of a regime. A man who lived every minute in fear of his life.A man incarcerated in indescribable conditions for over a quarter of a century.A man, whom after his release, was the target of those who he sought to unite.A man of dignity and pride, a man whose legacy will be unity. A man loved almost universally.I read his autobiography, 'Long Walk To Freedom', some 6 years ago. It was a book that challenged every human emotion, from fear and sorrow through to unadulterated joy. However, an autobiography is just that, a reminiscence, even from a man who steadfastly diarised his time in captivity.This book is something very different. This is that diary, betraying the innermost feelings of this most humble and private of men. Not only that, it documents various letters, and conversations, with a commentary from Mandela, which truly makes the reader feel that they were part of history.To read this book really is to walk a mile in the shoes of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, to truly understand his struggle and motives, to feel his pain, and to experience his humility.I would wholeheartedly recommend this book not only to students of history or to enthusiasts of autobiography, but to anybody who has encountered difficult times and has felt like giving up. This man is the ultimate lesson in staying true to who you are and what you believe in, and also to dignified perseverance.

  • Ken Moten
    2018-12-13 00:57

    As this was my first autobiographical read of Nelson Mandela I was very impressed at this sort of behind the scenes, diarist style look into the world of a freedom fighter especially one of the greatest freedom fighters that ever lived. I know there are more conventional autobiographies and biographies of him but this one really brought a personal touch of the man to me.[12/05/2013 update: this was one of my first books I properly reviewed for Goodreads. Nelson Mandela was a man whose life should be a testiomony on how we make a difference. He was truly one of the last "great" men of the 20th century and human beings as a species are better off for having lived to witness his greatness. Now his legacy will be a mountain to which people can either build themselves on or topple off of.]

  • Najati Matrook
    2018-12-12 01:09

    📝🔸🔸اسم الكتاب: #مذكرات_نيلسون_مانديلا - حواري مع نفسيالترجمة: #حنان_محمد_كسرواننوع الكتاب: مذكراتمكان الشراء: استعارة من سسترنا الجميلةعدد الصفحات: 492الدار: شركة المطبوعات للتوزيع والنشر📝😊 يومي في (18 يناير) أفضل من أمسي 😊🔸منذ فترة طويلة وأنا أرغب في القراءة عن هذه الشخصية البارزة #نيلسون_مانديلا .، يعد أحد أبرز شخصيات عصرنا وأكثرها إلهاماً .! بعد قضائه عمراً بأكمله .، وهو يتأبط الورقة والقلم لتدوين الأفكار والأحداث والمصاعب والانتصارات .، فتح أرشيفه الشخصي الذي يشكل مدخلاً غير مسبوق إلى حياته .!🔸🔸في هذا الكتاب ستتعرف على الوجه الآخر لـ #مانديلا .، من خلال رسائله التي كتبها في أحلك ساعات الاحتجاز خلف القضبان الذي تعرض له على مدى 27 سنة .، ومسودة الجزء غير المنتهي من كتاب "مشوار طويل نحو الحرية" .! ستقرأ خربشات كتبها أثناء اجتماعاته .، أو أحلاماً مزعجة يسجلها على رزنامة مكتبه في زنزانته داخل سجن جزيرة روبن .، أو يوميات يدونها على عجل خلال مسيرة نضالاته المناهضة للتمييز العنصري .، وأحاديثه مع أصدقاء له .! في هذا الكتاب لن ترون #مانديلا رمزاً أو قديساً .، بل سترونه شخصاً عادياً مثلنا .!🔸🔸قضيت وقتاً ممتعاً مع هذا الرجل الذي ستعرفه عن قرب من خلال صفحات هذا الكتاب .، وبصوته وكلماته الخاصة .، أي بشخصه هو وشخصيته .!يقول #نيلسون_مانديلا: ¶ في الحياة الواقعية لا نتعامل مع آلهة بل مع بشر عاديين مثلنا .، رجال ونساء تملأهم التناقضات .، يتسمون بالاستقرار والزعزعة .، والقوة والضعف .، والصيت الحسن والسمعة السيئة ¶🔸🕯️قال رسول الله (صلَّى الله عليه وآله): "إنَّ المؤمن إذا مات وترك ورقةً واحدةً عليها علم، كانت تلك الورقة سترًا له فيما بينه وبين النار، وأعطاه الله تعالى بكلِّ حرفٍ مدينة أوسع من الدنيا وما فيها"📝#مثقفات #قارئات #محبي_القراءة #أصدقاء_القراءة #أصدقاء_الكتاب #كلنا_نقرأ #القراءة_للجميع #الحياة_بين_الكتب #تحدي_القراءة #تحدي_100_كتاب #كتبي #مكتبي #أمة_إقرأ_تقرأ #ماذا_تقرأ #القراءة_عالم_جميل #البحرين_تقرأ_10000_كتاب #الغرق_في_الكتب_نجاة #أحلم_بشغف#تحدي_الألم_بالقراءة#أنا_وكتبي#نجاتي_تقرأ#najati_books #ichooseabook #أنا_أختار_كتاب

  • Mohammad Alrasheed
    2018-11-20 22:12

    عندما ذهبتُ إلى المكتبة كانت النية كتاب "رحلتي الطويلة من أجل الحرية"، مع معرفتي بنُدرته وقلة وجوده. لكني وجدت هذا الكتاب. كانت سعادتي كبيرة حين رؤيته (لاهتمامي الشخصي بكتب السيَر والمذكرات) وسعادتي أكبر أثناء قراءته، وأكبر بعد الانتهاء منه. كتاب جميل جداً ورائع، يكشف لك عن قرب شخصية هذا الرجل المُلهم والصبور. يحتوي الكتاب على عدد من اللقاءات التي أجراها مانديلا مع صديقه المقرب والصحفي أحمد كاثرادا، والصحفي الأمريكي ريتشارد ستينغل، كما يحتوي على عدد من مسوّدات كتابه الشهير "مشوار طويل نحو الحرية" وتتمته، وكذلك بعض الملاحظات والمذكرات الخاصة التي كان يكتبها إما في السجن أو بعد خروجه منه. وكذلك أثناء الاجتماعات وغيرها. في الكتاب ستكتشف مانديلا عن قرب. ستعجب من صبره، ومن قوته وصلابته، كما في رسالته التي وجهها لمفوض السجن. وستندهش من عاطفته وإنسانيته كما في رسائله إلى زوجته وأحاديثه عن أصدقائه وعن الناس. عن بساطته وهو يكتب الملاحظات الدقيقة ذات السطر. كتاب سيُعجبك، ويُلهمك، وتحمله معك أينما ذهبت، كما كنت أفعل

  • Doug
    2018-12-02 21:09

    It's a hard book to read without first knowing about the life of Nelson Mandela. Fifty pages into the book, I had to stop and read Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela before I could continue, and even then it is still hard to follow. Some of Nelson Mandela's letters are so brilliant and inspiring, they make me want to hang them up in my room; the problem is that it is interspersed with other thoughts and inanities that it loses its effect. Also, in Long Walk to Freedom, I was surprised how militant Mandela was, and none of that appeared in this book. The book does a good job of taking a peek into Mandela's life and into some of his innermost thoughts, but if the narrative was framed a little better, it could have been awesome. As an aside, after reading this, Nelson Mandela is now one of people I'd choose for the 'If you could have dinner with five people (still living) who would you choose?' question. Living or dead, I need to think about this some more.

  • Saza
    2018-11-19 22:06

    "In real life we deal, not with Gods, but with ordinary humans like ourselves; men and women who are full of contradictions, who are stable and fickle, strong and weak, famous and infamous". The man himself makes history. Great leader I would recommend this book to everyone Really inspiring book.

  • Nura
    2018-12-13 03:01

    In 'Nelson Mandela’s Conversations with Myself' I was surprised by the way it was written. This book was really interesting. It contains a collection of letters, speeches, interviews and notes written by Mandela himself. It has no chapters. The book contains four parts each that represent different stages of Mandela’s life. My personal favorite was part two: Drama. I believe this book showed a great deal of Mandela's life and into some of his innermost thoughts. It didn’t cover every detail of his background or life but it was successful in covering the basics and specific times of his life (prison).Some parts of the book was a bit confusing. Mandela refers to certain events (South African history) and other important events that requires you to know a fair amount of info in advance. This book made me learn more about Mandela’s contributions and accomplishments to society and the world. A must read for those who are looking for inspiration. He’s a great man with great accomplishments.

  • Victor
    2018-11-23 00:22

    Simple, easy to read, frank approach to the story of the life of a great man. Enough of the hype and glamour that follows his life, this book reveals the man behind the legend, and gives a really frank approach to his attitude towards life.Honestly I have not read his other biographies, but I really liked how he is portrayed in this book. I feel that I can relate to him, and after reading it, I feel he is less of a ghost or legend, and more of a role model.The chapters are broken down into bite-size sections making it a perfect book to read on the go, especially if there are a lot of distractions in the environment. I love reading chunks of this book, and then playing the scene out in my head about what happened during that period of time, the emotions and thoughts that were going through his head.What impacted me the most about him is his dedication to honesty, and his dedication to equality.

  • Stephanie Hill Alexander
    2018-12-02 00:07

    I was excited when my book club chose this as a 2011 book read. However, it was worse than having a tooth pulled without pain killers when you're afraid of the dentist. I spent a month trying to read the book and couldn't finish a letter per day; my focus was all over the place trying to keep up with all the names. I couldn't get into the many letters that didn't really follow a logical order or that gave me a summary before the actual letter. I could have read the summary and been ok. His life and what he accomplished would have kept me more interested than the rambling style that was presented in the book. This is just my opinion but I hated that I didn't enjoy such an important piece by such an extraordinary man.

  • Jordana Winchesterdream
    2018-12-09 05:08

    I'm a South African so anything to do with my Hero is going to get 5 stars. This is yet another book that shows his amazing intelligence, humility and absolute dedication to making the world around him a better more understanding place. Incredibly insighful into his private thoughts and ideas it adds another layer to the legend.

  • Linda
    2018-12-01 23:59

    This is a wonderful book to take your time with. At times, I did feel like I was engaged in a conversation. Some of the notebook entries were a bit tedious, but I preferred them included rather than left out. Of course, I wanted to know more about Pres. Mendela's personal life, but Mandela did not write this to satisfy my desire for gossip. This is a historical document worthy of study.

  • Akhil Jain
    2018-11-19 22:26

    My fav parts- 'A saint is a sinner trying to improve himself'- Mandela also thought whether fighting for the cause of the country on the sacrifice of the attention to family- his wife, children was correct. Isnt a man’s primary responsibility to his family? (Conversations with myself)- Mandela understood that before he could convince the nation, he must convince his mother on his involvement and objective in politics.

  • Tariq Mahmood
    2018-12-03 23:12

    Unfortunately, this was my first book on Mandela. I found it impossible to follow without proper context. The book is for people steeped in the history of apartheid in South Africa.

  • Reena
    2018-11-24 04:04

    This book is an important compilation but is hard to read and took me a while to get through it. The main reason for this is that it's largely unfiltered account, and with very little commentary of Mandela's personal writing, observations and pondering all through his 27 years in prison and beyond. I was looking for how the man became who he was and understand the personal transformation that was the foundation of how he went on to lead perhaps the boldest and greatest experiment of peace on Earth. I am fascinated with what he accomplished, albeit not perfect, for it is a unique example of forgiveness and genuine work for peace under perhaps the most unforgiving AND unforgivable of circumstances and enemies! In our world dominated by leaders driven by their ambition and egos above all else, barely managing if not feeding divisiveness (name calling as the preferred approach vs any attempt at seeking understanding), of decades old conflicts that refuse to die (Israel-Palestine, India-Pakistan, etc) constantly adding dead innocents in their wake, Nelson Mandela and his "truth & reconciliation" experiment stand out as beacons. Bold in imagination and wildly ambitious it leaves a legacy we can learn a lot from. To be clear it was/is not completely successful (how can it be in the face of the dismantling of something as horrendous as Apartheid) but it provides at least an initial path forward for peace-mongers. The book provides a small window into his thinking and transformation from a fiery, militant, comrade-leader to a long held political prisoner to an old man who became a reluctant President committed to peace to save his homeland! A noble man at/to the end. On to reading more about his actual life...

  • Claudia Gualina
    2018-11-16 04:22

    IO, NELSON MANDELA– Nelson Mandela“È la storia di un uomo disposto a rischiare la vita per ciò in cui credeva e che ha lavorato incessantemente per condurre quel genere di esistenza che avrebbe reso il mondo un posto migliore.” (B. Obama)Questa è un frase molto significativa della prefazione, fatta da Obama al libro di Mandela, che racchiude in sé l’emblema della vita del leader sudafricano. Qualche anno fa, ho letto la sua autobiografia: ho seguito attentamente le vicissitudini della sua travagliata e difficile lotta contro l’apartheid tanto da arrivare a commuovermi nel finale, quando il suo popolo va alle urne per la prima volta. Questo libro si concentra molto più sull’uomo Mandela, pur avendo come sfondo gli anni della prigionia e poi quelli della carriera politica. Nelson emerge come un uomo determinato, testardo, a volte irascibile, generoso ed umile, che ha sempre creduto fino in fondo nel suo obiettivo. Uno dei punti che spesso torna è il dubbio legittimo di aver fatto bene a sacrificare il tempo con la sua famiglia per la libertà del Sudafrica, una “colpa” dal quale lui stesso si solleva, pur con molto dispiacere e le relative conseguenze, perché sa di aver raggiunto, in questo modo, la libertà per il suo popolo. È davvero un libro che consiglio a tutti, ma, per goderlo pienamente, deve essere letto solo dopo “Lungo cammino verso la libertà”, l’autobiografia di Mandela.“A volte sono convinto che con me la Creazione intendesse dare al mondo l’esempio di un uomo mediocre nel senso proprio del termine.” Questa è l’umiltà di un uomo che ha cambiato il mondo.

  • Allison
    2018-12-02 05:26

    Technically, I didn't "read" this book - I listened to it in the car. It was very, very good. I only listened to it when I was alone in the car so that I could focus on it and I found that I looked forward to the long drive to take my daughter to the university where she was taking a summer class this year simply because I knew that I'd have at least an hour to listen to this book coming home.Having never read anything in-depth about President Mandela before, I was filled with even greater admiration for him than I'd had from the media presentations of him after finishing Conversations With Myself. The selections in this book are presented chronologically from early in his life through into his presidency. They are garnered from a wide collection of letters, notebooks, conversations, autobiographies and other sources.I would recommend this work to anyone interested in Mandela, freedom fighting, non-violent social change and/or anyone looking for someone to admire. If only more of us could accurately emulate Mandela in our personal as well as public lives the world would be a far better place than we can even imagine today.

  • Raghad Khamees
    2018-11-26 00:21

    "لم أكن المسيح، ولكن رجلا عاديا أصبح زعيما بسبب ظروف استثنائية." رجل قروي بسيط من ثمبولندا رجل عادي رفض الظلم العادي والمعتاد والمتوقع والمسلم به و قرر أن يثور وأن ينتصر لأجل آلاف تعيش في الظلال والعتمة والموت والاضطهاد حتى آخره.الى اي حد نحن مستعدون ان نتخلى عن كل ما لدينا في سبيل حلم الى اي حد نحن كبيرون لتحمل الأوجاع والضربات حتى آخرها ولتشهد روحنا الهشة الخسارات بكامل شكلها مانديلا الذي تحول من "سجين الى معجزة" كما سميت احدى فصول مذكراته الأخيرة، يؤكد لنا أن لا مستحيل لأحلامنا مهما كانت كبيرة صعبة وبعيدة المنال ، وبأننا أقوى مما نتصور عندما نآمن بِنَا ونعطي لروحنا اجنحة، هو نفسه الذي آمن بقضية و بحلم الى الحد الذي جعله يفني حياته ويفقد التفاصيل العادية وعائلته وكل ما لديه في سبيل الوصول إليهما في هذا الكتاب الذي يقع في ما يزيد عن ٤٠٠ صفحة، حوارات بين مانديلا والصحفي أحمد كاثرادا وستينغل وبعض من مخطوطة مذكرته الأصلية "مشوار طويل مع الحرية"

  • Paul
    2018-11-29 05:06

    It's a bit disjointed, as it's a collection of quotes, recollections and narrative. However, this adds to the sense of knowing something about this man. I found myself remembering words and discussions by Mandela over the next few days. His discussion whether to invite the guards who had tortured fellow prisoners to a barbecue stuck in my memory.A very good book that I will definitely read again.

  • Sue
    2018-12-02 05:03

    This is a factual book filled with letters that Nelson mandella wrote while in prision and conversations that he had with significant others. It gives a real insight into his thoughts ,values and moral that lead the way in which he contiues to live out his life. a facisating read, about an amazing man .

  • Graham
    2018-11-28 00:00

    A very interesting collection of letters, diary entries, and short interviews. The title suggests that the dairies will be the bulk of the book, but most of the content comes from letters and interviews. Some of the letters never made it past the censors--and Mandela was not typically told whether his messages were sent out or intercepted.

  • Alison
    2018-12-12 04:17

    Had this by my bed for months and would read little excerpts, bit by bit. It's impossible not to admire Nelson Mandela. I don't know that this was a consistently successful book format (a collection of correspondence, interviews, essays) but I am glad to have read it and learned more about his extraordinary, inspiring life.

  • Marla
    2018-11-22 20:58

    Very enjoyable.

  • james
    2018-11-25 03:59

    favorite quotes:-internal factors may be even more crucial in assessing one's development as a human being. honesty, sincerity, simplicity, humility, pure generosity, absence of vanity, readiness to serve others - qualities which are within easy reach of every soul - are the foundations of one's spiritual life. never forget that a saint is a sinner who keeps on trying.-from president obama: 'mandela made it clear that we did not have to accept the world as it is - that we could do our part to seek the world as it should be.'-most successful men are prone to some form of vanity. there comes a stage in their lives when they consider it permissible to be egotistic and to brag to the public at large about their unique achievements.-i don't interfere in the affairs of others, unless i'm asked. even when i'm asked, my own concern is always to bring people together.-i have often wondered whether a person is justified in neglecting his own family to fight for opportunities for others. can there be anything more important than looking after your mother approaching the age of 60, building her dream house, giving her good food, nice clothing and all one's love? is politics in such cases not a mere excuse to shirk one's responsibilities? is it not easy to live with a conscience that raises such questions from time to time. often i am able to persuade myself that i have done my best at all times to bring a measure of ease ad comfort into my mother's life. even when at times i am plagued with an uneasy conscience i have to acknowledge that my whole-hearted commitment to the liberation of our people gives meaning to a life and yields for me a sense of national pride and real joy. this feeling has been multiplied a hundred times by the knowledge that right up to her last letter she wrote me shortly before her death, my mother encouraged me in my beliefs and in fighting for them.-i love playing and chatting with children, giving them a bath, feeding and putting them to bed with a little story, and being away from the family has troubled me throughout my political life. i like relaxing at the house , reading quietly, taking in the sweet smell that comes from the pots, sitting around a table with the family and taking out my wife and children. when you can no longer enjoy these simple pleasures something valuable is taken away from your life and you feel it in your daily work.-we are fighting for a society where people will cease thinking in terms of colour... it's not a question of race; it's a question of ideas.-during my lifetime i have dedicated myself to this struggle of African people. i have fought against white domination, and i have fought against black domination. i have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. it is an ideal which i hope to live for and to achieve. but if needs be, it is an ideal for which i am prepared to die.-a new world will be won not by those who stand at a distance with their arms folded, but by those who are in the arena, whose garments are torn by storms and whose bodies are maimed in the course of contest. honor belongs to those who never forsake the truth even when things seem dark and grim, who try over and over again, who are never discouraged by insults, humiliation and even defeat.-the anchor of all my dreams is the collective wisdom of mankind as a whole. i am influenced more than ever before by the conviction that social equality is the only basis of human happiness... it is around these issues that my thoughts revolve. they are centered on humans, the ideas for which they strive; on the new world that is emerging; the new generation that declares total war against all forms of cruelty, against any social order that holds economic privilege for a minority and that condemns the mass of the population to poverty and disease, illiteracy and the host of evils that accompany a stratified society.-physical suffering is nothing compared to the trampling down of those tender bonds of affection that form the basis of the institution of marriage and the family that unite man and wife.-in judging our progress as individuals we tend to concentrate on external factors such as one's social position, influence and popularity, wealth and standard of education. these are, of course, important in measuring one's success in material matters and it is perfectly understandable if many people exert themselves mainly to achieve all these. but internal factors may be even more crucial in assessing one's development as a human being. honesty, sincerity, simplicity, humility, pure generosity, absence of vanity, readiness to serve others - qualities which are within easy reach of every soul - are the foundation of one's spiritual life.-as we judge others so we are judged by others.-the ideals we cherish, our fondest dreams and fervent hopes may not be realised in our lifetime. but that is besides the point. the knowledge that in your day you did your duty, and lived up to the expectations of your fellow men is in itself a rewarding experience and magnificent achievement.-you have to recognise that people are produced by the mud in society in which you live and that therefore they are human beings. they have got good points, they have got weak points. your duty is to work with human beings as human beings, not because you think they are angels. and, therefore, once you know that this man has got this virtue and he has got this weakness you work with them and you accommodate that weakness and you try and help him to overcome that weakness. i don't want to be frightened by the fact that a person has made certain mistakes and he has got human frailties. i can't allow myself to be influence by that. and that is why many people criticise me.-the unprecedented challange was to restore the human dignity of all our people by removing all forms of racial discrimination, introducing the principle of equality in every sphere of our lives.-we pass through this world but once and the opportunities you miss will never be available to you again.-the fundamental principles which ought to motivate every leader:a) that there are good men and women in all communities... that the duty of a real leader is to identify those good men and women and give them tasks of serving the community.b) that a true leader must work hard to ease tensions, especially when dealing with sensitive and complicated issues. extremists normally thrive when there is tension, and pure emotion tends to supercede rational thinking.c) a real leader uses every issue, no matter how serious and sensitive, to ensure that at the end of the debate we should emerge stronger and more united than ever before.d) in every dispute you eventually reach a point where neither party is altogether right or altogether wrong. when a compromise is the only alternative for those who seriously want peace and stability.-there is universal respect and even admiration for those who are humble and simple by nature, and who have absolute confidence in all human beings irrespective of their social status. these are men and women, known and unknown, who have declared total war against all forms of gross violation of human rights wherever in the world such excesses occur. it is such good men and women who are the hope of the world. their efforts and achievements are recognised beyond the grave, even far beyond the borders of their countries, they become immortal.

  • Peace
    2018-12-10 03:26

    'In real life we deal, not with gods, but with ordinary humans like ourselves: men and women who are full of contradictions, who are stable and fickle, strong and weak, famous and infamous.'—Nelson MandelaA Nobel Peace Winner and The first black President of South Africa, Nelson Rolohlahla Mandela is one of the most inspiring and iconic figures of our age. Released in 2010, Conversations With Myself is a powerful, well-written, beautiful insight of the man behind the legend. More a literary album than it is a book, Conversations With Myself is a collection of letters and transcripts. With excerpts taken from desk calendars, interviews, unpublished autobiographical notes and conversations that Nelson Mandela had through-out his 27 year term in prison, it gives a real insight into his thoughts ,values and morals that lead the way in which he continues to live out his life. Mandela writes ".....the cell is an ideal place to learn to know yourself, to search realistically and regularly the process of your own mind and feelings" - from a letter to Winnie Mandela. Conversations With Myself is a very humbling, very passionate and real inspirational piece of work. It offers quotes and words of wisdom for anybody interested in politics, Africa, and love. With a life that has been represented in countless publications, non has been able to answer the question: "But who is Nelson Mandela really? What does he really think?" Conversations With Myself answers those questions by giving readers access to his personal archives.With chances of meeting such a great man left to the world of dreams, Conversations With Myself offers the closest alternative. It offers a unique opportunity for readers to hear Mandela's own voice - direct, clear, private. It offers a chance to share some trying, painful and heartbreaking moments like the last time he saw his mother. In 1968, when his 76-year-old mother had made her way down from the rural Transkei on her own, to visit him on Robben Island, Mandela writes"At the end of the visit I was able to watch her as she walked slowly towards the boat which would take her back to the mainland, and somehow the thought flashed across my mind that I had seen her for the last time".He was right: she died several months later, and he was not allowed to attend her funeral, even under escort. Ten months later his eldest son, Thembi, was killed in a car accident. Mandela's letter of 13 July 1969 to the commanding officer of Robben Island prison, asking to be present at his son's graveside, makes heartbreaking reading. It was refused.I would wholeheartedly recommend this book not only to students of history or to enthusiasts of autobiography, but to anybody who has encountered difficult times and has felt like giving up. Nelson Mandela's heroic life is the ultimate lesson in staying true to who you are and what you believe in, and also to dignified perseverance. Africa's very own !To read this book really is to walk the steps of the "Long Walk To Freedom", to truly understand Mandela's struggle and motives, to feel his pain, and to experience his humility.His international bestselling autobiography, "Long Walk To Freedom", was a book that challenged every human emotion, from fear and sorrow through to unadulterated joy. However, an autobiography is just that, a reminiscence, even from a man who steadfastly diarised his time in captivity.Conversations With Myself is an intimate journey from Mandela's first stirrings of political consciousness to his galvanizing role on the world stage, illuminating a heroic life forged on the front lines of the struggle for freedom and justice.Conversations With Myself is introduced with a foreword by US President Barack Obama who writes, "...I am reminded that even as he has become a legend, to know the man - Nelson Mandela - is to respect him even more".Taking inspiration from one of the greatest books of all time - Marcus Aurelius's Meditations, Conversations With Myself , President Obama writes, "does the world an extraordinary service in giving us that picture of Mandela". A true inspiration. A MUST read !

  • Subash Chandra
    2018-12-09 05:26

    A more practical leader who is also an avid ambassador of peace. "Practical" cause he believes violence is necessary when you are pushed to a corner and kicked at. This demands a comparision to our own leader "Gandhi" who was an "hardcore" ambassador of non-violence. God we should be thankful its the british not the germans who were in control of India. Given the reputation of hitler and his concentration camps, our population would have been significantly reduced with our "non-violence" approach and gandhi, with all due respect, wouldn't have lasted 1 more day. Not a believer in violence, but there is huge difference in being "practical" and being "stubborn". Mandela is one of those very few who acknowledges the fact and was more practical. It is clear from his lines"Violence, if used as last measure, must be towards peace".

  • Job Meuleman
    2018-11-22 05:23

    Nelson Mandela disappeared, at age 44,Then came back to rebel and that led him into prison, for the next quarter of a century he became a mystery man, the missing leader. And when he finally emerged victorious in 1990, there was a confined demand to hear from him. Since then, books about and by Mandela have become an industry, practically a literary genre of their own: dozens of biographies, authorized and unauthorized, children's books, books distilling his leadership style, business books and art books have appeared. Is there really room for another book on the Mandela shelf?Nelson Mandela’s book Conversation with Myself is taken in Johannesburg, South Africa where he went to law school.Conversation with Myself isn't as much a book as a literary album, containing snippets of Mandela's life, shards from diaries, calendars, letters, and also transcripts from 50 hours of recordings by Richard Stengel, who ghosted Mandela's autobiography Long Walk to Freedom. It also contains passages from an autobiography Mandela had been working on himself, in moments snatched here and there, but has finally abandoned. This book is mostly what goes on with Mandela, like his word what he thinks what happens to him in his life, some of it is Stengel who he had talked to for a long time, he also has a few conversations with Kathrada, Kathrada is a South African politician and former political prisoner and anti-apartheid activist.Nelson Mandela has many more books I also suggest reading Long Walk to Freedom this book is also an autobiography.Conversations with Myself draws on Mandela's personal life. 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 imprisonment, notebooks from the post apartheid 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 exciting role on the world stage, Conversations with Myself illuminates a heroic life forged on the front lines of the struggle for freedom and justice.

  • Faisal Al-Harbi
    2018-12-11 01:07

    هذا الكتاب أقرب لمناجاة مانديلا لنفسه من كتاباته الرسميه ومآثره المنشوره.. فيه كتابات ومقالات لم تنشر, فيه أحاديث ونقاشات لم تذع من قبل.. الكتاب يقربك من شخصية مانديلا ويعرّفك عليها عن قرب بعكس سيرته التي لاتعدو كونها سرد تاريخي لأحداث جرت, هذا الكتاب يركز أكثر على ماكان يدور في خلد مانديلا.. يجعلك تراه كما هو, رجل عادي ناضل من أجل قضية غير عادية.قد يسوء الكتاب بعض الحشو اللامفيد وبعض الكتابات المملة التي لاتخدم النص.

  • ِاAhmed Othman
    2018-12-11 01:05

    after all it isn't the autobiography of Nelson Mandela!Only letters sent by and to him when he was jailed, drafts and interviews that doesn't give you any important or worthy details !Couldn't even continue reading.Don't recommend at all !!!

  • Mike
    2018-12-14 21:57

    I wanted to find out if Nelson Mandela was as inspirational in his private life as he was in his public life. The short answer is yes he was. Mandela makes me want to be a better member of humanity. This book whilst disjointed is wonderful you really get a sense of what and who the man was.