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Natalie December 7, at am We have lost our hero, our teacher, our leader, our mentor, our father of our rainbow nation.
An angel sent to remind us of what love, courage, justice and democracy stands for. Nelson Mandela has been my personal hero and I have applied his teachings to my life.
I am truly sad that we no longer have him with us but it was time for him to join the rest of the angels in heaven. We, South Africans of all colour are his rainbow nation, we have to continue to walk in his footsteps and work together as a nation. We have to forget the past and become one team, working to better all equally and fairly. We are all unique, have different skin colour and different cultures but we all want peace, respect, love and democracy.
We have to live by what he has taught us, change starts with Forgiveness. Lets us forget and start today now for that is what he wanted. We are his rainbow nation, South Africa and the World. I will cherise him always. Deborah Renaud December 7, at am Rest in peace Nelson. You have shown us what it is to live a life of integrity, love and peace. You have demonstrated how powerful these qualities are. What a different world we would have if there were just hundreds, or even thousands, more like you!
You have lived life well and have shown the way. The world has lost a great man and a great leader. The world mourns his passing but celebrates in his legacy and achievements. Nelson Mandela will not be forgotten. Patimass Seu December 7, at am Mr. Mandela, You are an inspirational man all the good you have shown will last for generations. You will always be in are hearts because you truly loved everyone Tim and Mart Japing December 7, at am South Africa has lost her founding father.
I sincerely hope and wish that his integrity and his ability to step over bounaries will be an inspiration and a duty for politicians and people alike. All my best wishes to the people of the Rainbow Nation.
In I lined through the word Free. I wish his family long life. SY Veronica S. Fawcett December 7, at am So much has been learned from this strong, brave man. Makes me wonder who is left to share the wisdom and knowledge that has sadly gone with his passing. May we never forget what you have done for humanity and may I never forget the conviction and compassion you spoke of and with while in Toronto in Still a moving experience for me to this day and forever.
You will always be the greatest world leader who other world leaders should learn from! P Dr Lionel Bopage December 7, at am Madiba dedicated his life to the cause of global humanity: justice, freedom and human rights.
He cherished and lived his life for the ideals of democracy, where people can enjoy equity of opportunity so that they could live harmoniously in unity. He was prepared to die for this cause. Those who praise him, and those who value his life experiences need to learn from those living experiences and continue to follow through his ideals for the betterment of the global humanity.
Ronny Fredriksson December 7, at am You are living in My memory! Narayan December 7, at am Charity begins at home. UN talks loudly about human right and preaches everyone everywhere in the world. It does not follows itself, a UN professional staff was deprived from human right, staff right. Repeated appeals and pleas to the heads two executive directors between to of the organization fell into deaf ears.
Let the soul of Mandela and god punish them for their inhuman activities as no one can do anything to provide justice to a victim in a UN organization. Jill Fuller December 7, at am Your work is done, Father. This was a victory: Mandela chose not to defend himself; instead he delivered a statement about which his lawyers said, "If Mandela reads this in court they will take him out in back of the courthouse and string him up. I planned sabotage.
I did not plan it in a spirit of recklessness nor because I have any love of violence, I planned it as a result of a calm and sober assessment of the political situation after many years of tyranny, exploitation, and oppression of my people by whites.
During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the 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. You can actually hear part of this speech here - skip to 2: It's an incredible thing to listen to. I grew up while Mandela was in prison, and apartheid in South Africa was the first injustice I was aware of.
My first experience with activism, in Amherst MA with the mighty activist Frances Crow, was running around town putting up posters with Mandela's face on them. Mandela screwed up my hair: They freed him like six months later and I was like aw, man. It seemed like a foolproof plan! I got to see him speak shortly afterwards in Boston on his freedom tour, but I didn't have a chance to tell him about my hair.
This is all to say that reading this book was a powerful experience for me. Mandela is one of history's true heroes of freedom. To be able to read his words is special and of immense value. I got actual chills at times, reading about how for example he refused to be freed if it meant compromising his movement.
He was in jail for nearly 30 years. This isn't one of those books that makes you realize that the writer is just a person like you and me. Mandela was not like you and me.
He was a titan. View all 4 comments. Jun 28, Caroline rated it it was amazing Recommended to Caroline by: I am wholly inadequate to give a review of the book as such, but here, as usual, are a few notes to remind myself of the reading Not a man to deviate from the path he has chosen, and throughout his life he seems wholly driven to do what he must do, whatever the odds against him. Interestingly he was every bit as much a political animal in prison as he was when a free man.
He would argue for the right to eat decent food, or wear long trousers, or for the rights of his fellow inmates — just as he would argue for the rights of his fellow men and women within the broader scope of Africa.
He has always has an innate sense of justice, wherever he is. Always, in every situation, he strives for justice, rationality and peacemaking. Not peacemaking at all costs it was his idea to implement a militant arm of the ANC , but peacemaking wherever possible. He continued his behind-the-scenes talks with President de Klerk in the early s when most people would simply have walked away in frustration.
Always, Mandela was trying to establish ties, rather than cause rifts. He is also generous when talking about his two ex wives, being supportive of Winnie in spite of the publicity against her. In all his relationships with people he seems to have strived to keep channels of communication open, and relations civil.
But there it is - page after page testifying a commitment to openness and communication. M joined in For the most part it was an organisation of peaceful protest, but in the early s M called for militant opposition. This was mostly to take the form of sabotage. It was decided that this would be carried out under separate umbrella — a militant arm of the ANC.
White South Africans are incredibly lucky that it was the ANC that came to be the party of power, and that the proposed way forward was one of peaceful reconciliation. The Inkatha Freedom Party also objected to them, though I have not really been able to fathom out why. It was a very nasty divide though, with the IFP being very aggressive, and there were many attacks and killings in ANC strongholds done by the IFP, especially when talks between M and President de Klerk became serious.
Investigations found that the IFP had been given finances by the police, and other bodies that were against the breakdown of apartheid. But this is some of the legislation that was introduced under the auspices of earlier, British-friendly governments. This banned Africans from practising skilled trades. This made the British Crown, rather than the Paramount Chiefs, the supreme chief over all African areas. So — the rot was setting in well before The Nationalist Party came to power.
But things went from bad to worse under The Nationalist Party. Here is some of the legislation that they introduced. This made sexual relations between whites and non-whites illegal. This labelled all South Africans by race.
This required separate urban areas for each racial group. This outlawed the Communist Party in South Africa. Separate ethnic enclaves or homelands were created for all African citizens. There were various everyday crimes that faced Africans. In M opened a law practice with Oliver Tambo, and on a daily basis they were defending people against these charges. At this time theirs was the only black law practice in the country. Typical crimes specific to Africans. At pages it is a bit of a door stopper — but it is infinitely readable.
Mandela writes wonderfully well, and his story is utterly gripping. It was a bittersweet read for me at this time, as he draws to the end of his life.
He has been a monument on our landscape for so long, and such a great hero in the eyes of so many. Me included. View all 11 comments. Jan 14, Amanda Brinkmann rated it it was amazing Shelves: I tried reading this book SO many times right after it was published - but found myself so upset and saddened, that I realised I was simply not emotionally ready to deal with the contents. So - it sat on my shelf for nearly 10 years, before I felt ready and healed enough to pick the book up again.
It was, for me, a riveting read. I sobbed my way through a great many of the sections, I learned so much about the history of my country and the genesis of the African National Congress and its original I tried reading this book SO many times right after it was published - but found myself so upset and saddened, that I realised I was simply not emotionally ready to deal with the contents.
I sobbed my way through a great many of the sections, I learned so much about the history of my country and the genesis of the African National Congress and its original noble and lofty ideals. The wisdom, strength, fortitude and humanity of Nelson Mandela - our Madiba - radiated from every page. I felt very enriched after closing the last page of the book. I also felt an immense sense of bereftment, anger [ because of the realisation about just how MUCH had in fact been censored and kept away from me, whilst growing up, by the Apartheid government] and also sadness.
It took me months to process all of the information, but it certainly provided me with another layer of knowledge and perspective so as to better understand the psyche of the people of our Rainbow Nation. A must-read. However, I just scratched the surface of him t as my teacher did not tell much details about him as if he was not attached much importance to the subject.
If I were my teacher, I would have told much more about him. In fact, I mistook him for a Black-American. I was still an ignoramus at that time despite the fact that I was enthused about studying history. Few years later, he drew my attention when he was in the news ; he was reported to have passed away. The world was so grieved by his death that he was almost the headlines of all the newspapers and news programs.
Only that time did I realize that he was such a big name in the world. As usual, I desired to know him more by reading his life. However, I did not afford to download his book then. Eventually, my generous-to-fault student gifted me this book. Of course, I grinned from ear to ear with joy.
Full of enthusiasm, I started to read it. However, it took me time to finish it and ended up on my study table for a few months.
For your information, South Africa has many official languages, and English is one of them. Thus, not the majority of its population uses the language every day. Another impressive thing about writing his autobiography is his capability to incorporate his various feelings, be they in positive or negative, into his compelling narrations. Sometimes, other autobiographers write with highfalutin, highbrow, and high-flown stories or with unfathomably philosophical insights beyond my understanding , but still I try to bend my mind to them until I bash my head against the wall ending up into a library of books or surfing the internet.
Everyone can take a fancy for his diary unless you are that a political animal. You might get tired of them , saturated with the words you need to absorb in and turn over in your mind. In fact, it has pages, the thickest book I have read this year.
Thus, you have no choice but to turn to Google or to a library of history books if you are a Luddite in order to understand them by heart. Reading his speeches is also page-turning. I tend to read his narrations as fast as I could in order to imaginatively listen to them. As a matter of fact, I tended to search his speeches on Youtube wondering how he delivered them.
Malcolm X , based on his best-selling authorized biography, also believed that Black-Americans should be equal to White Americans. He demonstrated against the culture of discrimination against his fellow Blacks.
The only differences between their causes were: Still, both of their causes categorically fall to racial equality. Besides, there is one surprising thing that made me jump to my conclusion: In fact, he had been influenced by the idea of both Martin Luther King Jr. Did this idea also occur to some revolutionaries in a place with insurgent atmosphere because of social injustice? So does to some at the present situation? It has the dialogues among the Philosophers debating over the scopes of justice.
For instance, for Plato and Socrates, justice is fulfilling one's appropriate role, and consequently giving to the city what is owed. Mandela applied his rude awakening to equality to understanding the people he got along with. With this belief, he became a freedom fighter, stalwart, determined, humble with undefeated fighting spirit.
Obviously, my long review of this book indicates my feeling of fulfillment. I am glad that I finished it after a short while.
I do not regret having laid it aside on my study table. Just I let the time permit. Thanks to my student Sr. Angela for picking it among the books in a book store, without the idea that I had longed to read it ; she had granted my wish. View all 9 comments. Jul 29, Henry Martin rated it it was amazing Shelves: It is not very often that I set to read non-fiction. This book, however, was originally recommended to me by a Rwanda refugee and so I made an exception.
What a good decision that was. Although I was familiar with Mandela's life and South Africa's struggle against the apartheid regime, this book provided me with much more profound understanding of the struggle and the historical events leading to the eventual overthrow of the racist regime.
This book, however, is much more than an account of a da It is not very often that I set to read non-fiction. This book, however, is much more than an account of a dark time period in the history of humanity. Above all, this book is an amazing portrayal of a life of a man, an exceptional man who is much too human. We are taken through time, from Mandela's childhood to his presidency, blessed with a unique view of a man marked to die in a secluded prison.
His struggle to become a "first-class" citizen and the brutal force with which the then government crushes the hopes of the young men and women is only but a part of the story.
Most importantly, we are allowed a unique window into Mandela's psyche and his philosophy, for this book, to me, is mostly about human spirit, its strengths and its weaknesses. Mandela's contemplations regarding the social order, humanity, law, schools and his personal approaches are fascinating and profound.
He delves into the depths of human behavior in a fluid, understandable way; his words flow on the pages from one event onto the next, while maintaining a uniform message. Although he did engage in securing financing for a possible armed conflict, his hopes and faith reside in a non-violent solution.
Mandela's life is, after all, one giant wound on the face of mankind. Neglected and abandoned by the superpowers of the world, the people of South Africa never lost hope and Mandela is a fascinating and shining example of a man, stripped of everything, who, no matter what life threw in his way, maintained his dignity and his sight not only on the problems, but also on the solutions. An amazing read I am happy to recommend. This book should be read by everyone.
Jan 27, Julie rated it it was amazing Shelves: If we do nothing else for those who suffer for a cause, we must at least bear witness and say, I have seen, and understood. Many people the world over have waxed prolific and poetic on this book, and all that is left to say is, it is a must-read for anyone who cares about anything at all in this world.
This struggle cannot be dismissed as a partisan "engagement". It is not just about apartheid; it is not about fighting a harsh regime; it is not about man's inhumanity to man -- and all that "stuf If we do nothing else for those who suffer for a cause, we must at least bear witness and say, I have seen, and understood.
It is not just about apartheid; it is not about fighting a harsh regime; it is not about man's inhumanity to man -- and all that "stuff" that so many readily dismiss, once the book is shelved again. It is about one man, walking, and holding his head up despite everything that was thrown upon his shoulders. It is how to preserve dignity, strength and integrity -- and have the moral constitution to wake up to it day after day after day, for the entire course of his life.
It's easy to maintain a posture for a day or a week or a month; but to hold on to it for a lifetime -- that is a strength that only a very few can maintain. To emerge out of the darkness of his prison, of his life, and still shine with hope for humanity -- and faith that goodness will prevail -- leaves me speechless.
I bought this book in January and didn't get around to reading it until March. As someone who has strong roots in South Africa but has never been there I am always eager to learn more about the country my father and his family were born in particularly because my father and his family left South Africa in the 40's to escape the apartheid even though they were "coloured" and not "black" it still im I bought this book in January and didn't get around to reading it until March.
As someone who has strong roots in South Africa but has never been there I am always eager to learn more about the country my father and his family were born in particularly because my father and his family left South Africa in the 40's to escape the apartheid even though they were "coloured" and not "black" it still impacted them.
I hadn't read an autobiography or biography since I was younger and I knew that even though I'm a quick reader that this book would take me a while to read due to the tone.
I'm quite impressed with Mandela's story telling ability. He narrates his life flawlessly in a way that is easy to read and understand. It was informative and I enjoyed learning things from his perspective. I quite enjoyed the part at the start of the book where he talks about his childhood and his family.
This book had no downsides for me. He's a truly inspirational man who deserves praise for being one of the people who helped build the New South Africa. I recommend this book to anyone who is looking to expand their horizons and read a book about one of the most inspirational people ever.
May 21, Tonya rated it it was amazing. What do I really have to say? I had some amazing experiences during the pr days and one was a private tour of Robben Island with Ahmed Kathrada while in SA. He was imprisoned with and a close friend of Mandela's one of eight sentenced to life imprisonment during the Rivonia Trial. I just could not put it down. I think it was like pages or more, and I read it in two days, staying up all night!
And to top it off, I met Mandela only a few days later at an event he hosted and it was one of very few times in my life that I was in complete awe! View 1 comment. Nov 28, Claudia Gualina rated it it was amazing. Alla morte del padre va a vivere con il reggente xhosa Jongintaba, che diventa il suo tutore e lo tratta al pari del suo vero figlio Justice.
A diciannove anni, a Healdtown, Nelson inizia ad abbozzare una coscienza africana, anche se si sente ancora prima di tutto xhosa. Nelson apre uno studio legale con Oliver Tambo: Nei ventisette anni di carcere passa da Pretoria a Robben Island, dove resta per diciotto anni, da Poolsmoor a Victor Vestern, dove vive in un villino con un cuoco personale, dopo anni di pasti frugali e pessime condizioni igieniche.
Lui e Winnie si separano e muore Oliver. View 2 comments. Oct 31, Sarah rated it really liked it Shelves: It was an interesting read. Sorry, that's a bit of an understatement and the dry tone in my head doesn't really translate.
Mandela is a good, clear writer, but not creative or inventive. One can see the methodical planning that made him such an effective political leader and innovator, but as the author of a page book, his style is a little stiff. The first half of the book is about his upbringing and path into politics. The problem I was having was that there was no way to tell from his for It was an interesting read. The problem I was having was that there was no way to tell from his formative years how or why he stood apart.
Indeed, I would say that as a literary figure, he does not become a leader until after he has been imprisoned for several years, past when he was considered a leader by members of his organization and constituency.
Almost as if he needed to be a leader in the eyes of others before he considered himself to be one or truly acted as one. Maybe it is the reality that one cannot lead until after there are people who will follow that lead. I am interested in how he became such a leader in the eyes of the people.
What is it about someone that turns them from an ordinary person to a freedom fighter or revolutionary to a true leader, born up by the masses. I was also comparing the regime of South Africa to those in South America.
The ANC and other groups in South Africa had certain advantages which made their form of protest -- the slow-downs, the rallies -- successful and possible, and ironically, the advantages stemmed from the control exercised by the colonial rulers and the legacy of British Imperialism.
Mandela could, at times, invoke certain rules of law, and demand that the protesters were treated fairly under the laws. Whatever the laws at the time were except the very last years where it seems the government learned that if they wanted to get serious about suppressing the people, they could not be hampered by the rule of law , the government would obey them. In contrast, in the South American dictatorships, headed not by imperial forces, there was no rule of law.
People simply disappeared. The revolutionaries could not appeal to the court system for justice because the government did not have laws that even nominally protected dissenting voices. One thing Mandela said over and over again was the oppressing party dictated the terms of the struggle.
Those who were challenging the government's policies had to respond in the manner in which they were treated.
In India, the government allowed protest and dissent, which in turn meant that Ghandi could demonstrate by walking though the country and preaching nonviolence as a means of rejecting colonial rule. In contrast, in South America, a protester could not more begin to speak against the government before being shot, imprisoned or tortured, with no chance of appealing to a higher power for protection.
Maybe that is why there were more rebels in countries trying to overturn the dictatorships than there were revolutionaries in the Western understanding of the term. At the end of the book, when the power was really going to shift and Mandela, in his 80s, was elected president, I actually became more agitated. At what price was his freedom? And what would the people who fought so hard, who died, paying the ultimate price, think? Those who died, would they think their sacrifices worth while, especially because in the end it was through peaceful negotiation and compromise.
With the transition away from apartheid being so moderate and their sacrifice being so extreme. Maybe it was the disconnect that struck me so forcefully, that Mandela himself never talks about being tortured or injured in the struggle. Throughout he remains the great statesmen who is untouched by the violence. Those who were tortured, hanged, beaten, or shot, by contrast seem like a corollary, unrelated to the final pressures that forced the government's position to the negotiation table.
People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite. Thank you, Madiba! Nelson Mandela is indeed one of the greatest moral leaders and heroes of our time! The way and walk to Freedom is long, but Mandela did not give up He dedicated his life for the cause. This inspiring autobiography is a must-read for all. Apr 22, Laura rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Recommended to Laura by: There are also a lot of fascinating things about his story that i didn't know -he grew up literally barefoot in the bush, bailed on being a tribal councilor and ran away from home, and a lot of interesting ins and outs of how african consciousness developed in SA the 60s and 70s, plus tips on how to keep yourself motivated and entertained if you ever end up in jail.
Considering the current state of this country this could turn out to be very useful info if we all wind up in gitmo! The book has been Signed on the limitation page by Nelson Mandela. This is number of a limited edition of only signed copies. In pristine unread condition with no other inscriptions. Housed in the original publisher's green solander slipcase which is also in fine condition.
Accompanied by the original publisher's cardboard box which carries the original price and the same limitation number. A very scarce item now and highly collectible. Not to be confused with the signed quarter leather edition of a limitation of copies. Ashton Rare Books welcomes direct contact. Fine Edition: First UK Edition. Macdonald Purnell,, The Autobiography. Original black boards, titles to spine in gilt, map of South Africa endpapers.
With the dust jacket. With 46 black and white photographic illustrations. Spine minimally rolled, small surface split to foot of spine and front cover joint, minor bumps to tips, faint marking to boards and book block edges, light foxing to endpapers; a very good copy indeed in the jacket with slight creasing to extremities. First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "For Patrick Halliday, Best wishes - Mandela Peter Harrington Published: Little, Brown and Company, First British edition of the first autobiography of one of the greatest moral leaders of the twentieth century which has went on to sell over six million copies worldwide.
Octavo, original black cloth, cartographic endpapers, illustrated with photographs. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, "To Dr. Ivan May Compliments and best wishes to a public figure who cares.
Nelson Mandela 6. He was described by the foundation as "a groundbreaking leader in the sphere of giving. He is, to use a word unhappily fallen into disrepute, a politician, though one distinguished from lesser practitioners of his calling mainly by his unwavering faith in his ultimate objective, ending white minority rule" New York Times. It was adapted into a film titled Mandela: Raptis Rare Books Published: Signed by Author s limited first edition. Chapter 1 Books Published: New Edition: Fully leather bound with gilt detailing and a satin ribbon marker.
Comes housed in a custom-made slipcase.. Limited Edition. Bookbid Rare Books Condition: Norwalk, Connecticut: Easton Press. First Edition; First Printing. Bound In full leather with hubbed spines. Rare Book Cellar Published: With 24 pages of black and white photographs and cartographic endpapers. Large 8vo, in the publisher's original green paper-covered boards backed in black cloth, gilt lettered on the spine and upper cover, in the original dustjacket.
A very fine copy, both book and jacket are pristine and as mint. Buddenbrooks, Inc. Little Brown, First American edition of the autobiography of one of the greatest moral leaders of the twentieth century. Octavo, original half cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated with photographs. Signed by the author on the title page, "NMandela Fine in a fine dust jacket. Book is in Fine as new condition. This is one of numbered edition quarter bound in leather and signed on the limitation page by Nelson Mandela.
Black leather quarter bound in the spine and front, strikingly green cloth cover. Top edge gilt. Book is in pristine, fine condition. Blue Sky Books Published: Fine as new Edition: Little, Brown and Company,, Original black quarter morocco, green cloth sides, spine lettered in gilt, map of South Africa to pastedowns and endpapers. With numerous photographic illustrations. Very minor bumping at head of spine and a few trivial marks to binding, light creasing to some page corners.
A near-fine copy. First UK edition, first impression, signed limited issue, number of 1, copies signed by Mandela. The South African edition was published earlier that year. Little, Brown and Company, A fine first edition in a fine dust jacket, inscribed by Mandela on the half title.
Laid in is the tracking slip from the Heritage Auction, where this was downloadd. The binding is tight and the boards are crisp. There is NO marks or bookplates in the book.