Conversations with Myself

Conversations with MyselfNelson 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 LifeA Singular International Publishing Event, Conversations With Myself Draws On Mandela S Personal Archive Of Never Before Seen Materials To Offer Unique Access To The Privateworld Of An Incomparable World Leader Journals Kept On The Run During The Anti Apartheid Struggle Ofthe Early S Diaries And Draft Letters Written In Robben Island And Other South African Prisons During Histwenty Seven Years Of Incarceration Notebooks From The Postapartheid Transition Private Recorded Conversationsspeeches And Correspondence Written During His Presidency A Historic Collection Of Documentsarchived 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 Hisgalvanizing Role On The World Stage, Conversations With Myself Illuminates A Heroic Life Forged On The Frontlines Of The Struggle For Freedom And JusticeWhile 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 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 arerational 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 forthan a quarter of one s l 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 arerational 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 forthan 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 butimportantly, 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 theintimate 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 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 d 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 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 areconventional 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 shoul 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 areconventional 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 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 w 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 I m a bit harsh about this book but will not give it 5 stars just because is Mandela Describes aangry Mandela at the start, amilitant That changed his mind and stated collaborated with the establishment He was not a poor or uneducated man, but a man of lots of knowledge and of the upper class The cream of the cream with good connections to the tribal leaders From time to time, he drops some immortal type of line of thought but is also funny to see his inner emotions related to r I m a bit harsh about this book but will not give it 5 stars just because is Mandela Describes aangry Mandela at the start, amilitant That changed his mind and stated collaborated with the establishment He was not a poor or uneducated man, but a man of lots of knowledge and of the upper class The cream of the cream with good connections to the tribal leaders From time to time, he drops some immortal type of line of thought but is also funny to see his inner emotions related to racism A brilliant orator, very well educated 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 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 meinterested 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 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. I m so confusedis it letters Is it journaling, is it profound insight or truly actually the author talking to himself At one point he commented briefly on how he had asked the guards for sunglasses but they didn t help That was the whole entire entry I just feel like if this was anyone other than Nelson Mandela we d just roll our eyes and keep on moving There are many outstanding pieces of writing written about by this man, keep moving along until you find one I m so confusedis it letters Is it journaling, is it profound insight or truly actually the author talking to himself At one point he commented briefly on how he had asked the guards for sunglasses but they didn t help That was the whole entire entry I just feel like if this was anyone other than Nelson Mandela we d just roll our eyes and keep on moving There are many outstanding pieces of writing written about by this man, keep moving along until you find one 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 admir 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 onlyof 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 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 h 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 learnabout 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

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  • Hardcover
  • 454 pages
  • Conversations with Myself
  • Nelson Mandela
  • English
  • 10 June 2019
  • 0230749011