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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (428 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Stengel Narrator: Richard Stenge Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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We long for heroes and have too few. Nelson Mandela, who recently celebrated his 91st birthday, is the closest thing the world has to a secular saint. He liberated a country from a system of violent prejudice and helped unite oppressor and oppressed in a way that had never been done before.

Now Richard Stengel, the editor of Time magazine, has distilled countless hours of intimate conversation with Mandela into 15 essential life lessons. For nearly three years, including the critical period when Mandela moved South Africa toward the first democratic elections in its history, Stengel collaborated with Mandela on his autobiography and traveled with him everywhere. Eating with him, watching him campaign, hearing him think out loud, Stengel came to know all the different sides of this complex man and became a cherished friend and colleague.

In Mandela's Way, Stengel recounts the moments in which the grandfather of South Africa was tested and shares the wisdom he learned: why courage is more than the absence of fear, why we should keep our rivals close, why the answer is not always either/or but often both, how important it is for each of us to find something away from the world that gives us pleasure and satisfaction - our own garden. Woven into these life lessons are remarkable stories of Mandelas childhood as the protegy of a tribal king, of his early days as a freedom fighter, of the 27-year imprisonment that could not break him, and of his new and fulfilling marriage at the age of 80.

This compact book is profoundly inspiring. It captures the spirit of this extraordinary manwarrior, martyr, husband, statesman, and moral leader, and spurs us to look within ourselves, reconsider the things we take for granted, and contemplate the legacy well leave behind.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bridgette | 2/19/2014

    " Not a bad read...I expected something different going into this book, but it was enlightening to read about Nelson Mandela's life. I would consider this more of a biography. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sandra | 2/11/2014

    " Extraordinary portrait of the man. Shows just how extraordinary he is with many of the normal frailties. Such an example of learning to walk softly and wield a powerful stick, to paraphrase Churchill. A keeper. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jenny | 2/2/2014

    " The title makes it seem like a self-help book, which would normally turn me off, but how could I resist something about Mandela? Thankfully, it was a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Marcy | 1/31/2014

    " Richard Stengel, in his book Mandela's Way, shows his own personal affection for the man, the hero, Nelson Mandela. "The African model of leadership is better expressed as ubuntu, the idea that people are empowered by other people, that we become our best selves through unselfish interaction with others." Nelson Mandela always sees the good in people, which endeared him to Richard Stengel. Before he entered prison for what he thought would be a lifetime, (it was 27 years), Nelson was more impulsive and angry about the inequality of his people. He came out of prison a strategist, a tempered man, able to see both sides of any issue and the good of every person. Prison had broadened his experience. He told Richard, "No one is born prejudiced or racist. No men is evil at heart. Evil is something instilled in or taught to men by circumstances, their environment, or their upbringing. It is not innate. Apartheid made men evil; evil did not create apartheid." It is Mandela's firm beliefs, strong convictions and leadership, understanding of human beings, devotion to creating equality, and a man of principle that endears him not only to Richard Stengel, but to people all over the world. Nelson Mandela provides the lessons to all of us in this book, just because he is who he is. "

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