His own words do tell it best. This collection of Nelson Mandela's
speeches, from his address to the annual conference of the African
National Congress Youth League in 1951, numerous inspiring speeches
during the four decades spent in prison, his famous speech on
release from prison in 1990, addresses at the World Aids
Conferences, and many others, provide the best possible portrait of
a leader and his political career. But beyond a mere portrayal,
this excellent biography provides another context as well.
Organized thematically and chronologically with each section
introduced by contributors who provide great insights, it explores
what made Mandela a true fighter for freedom and one of the most
compelling figures of his age, and looks at the impact his enormous
persona has had on his compatriots, colleagues, and the masses
throughout the world. With contributions by Bill Clinton and Kofi
Annan, it is a true tribute to Mandela. (Kirkus UK)
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.
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