Mandela's Way: Lessons on Life, Love, and Courage [NOOK Book]

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A compact, profoundly inspiring book that captures the spirit of Nelson Mandela, distilling the South African leader’s wisdom into 15 vital life lessons

We long for heroes and have too few. Nelson Mandela, who died in 2013 at the age of ninety-five, is the closest thing the world has to a secular saint. He liber­ated a country from a system of violent prejudice and helped ...
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Overview

A compact, profoundly inspiring book that captures the spirit of Nelson Mandela, distilling the South African leader’s wisdom into 15 vital life lessons

We long for heroes and have too few. Nelson Mandela, who died in 2013 at the age of ninety-five, 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 fifteen 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, Long Walk to Freedom, 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 Mandela’s child­hood as the protégé of a tribal king, of his early days as a freedom fighter, of the twenty-seven-year imprison­ment that could not break him, and of his fulfilling remarriage at the age of eighty.

This uplifting book captures the spirit of this extraordinary man—warrior, martyr, husband, statesman, and moral leader—and spurs us to look within ourselves, reconsider the things we take for granted, and contemplate the legacy we’ll leave behind.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Stengel, managing editor of Time and collaborator on Long Walk to Freedom, is clearly enamored of South African liberator and Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela. Stengel distills Mandela's leadership style into 15 lessons, whereby readers learn about Mandela's life and discover how this complex man led from the front, saw the good in others, and had the courage of knowing when to quit. What raises this inspirational book a step above the others is that its 91-year-old subject has walked his talk and can serve as a positive role model. In this day of fleeting pop stars, that says a lot.
Publishers Weekly
After spending two years with Nelson Mandela collaborating on his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, author and Time managing editor Stengel (You're Too Kind) felt that leaving Mandela's side "was like the sun going out of my life." In 15 compelling chapters, Stengel uses his inside perspective and more than 70 hours of taped interviews to distill wisdom from "the grandfather of South Africa," who recently turned 91, while also recounting stories from Mandela's childhood, his days as a revolutionary, his 27-year imprisonment, and his time negotiating for the country's first democratic elections. Stengel also explores Mandela's romantic relationships, including his three wives (the latest of whom, Graca Machel, he married at age 80). It's the intersection of Mandela's personal life with his part in world history that makes this portrait so vivid and compelling; indeed, the personal role he's played in Stengel's life (it was Mandela who urged Stengel to marry his wife; he became godfather to Stengel's first son) lend the volume's self-help aspects real resonance. Peeling back the many layers of Mandela's life, Stengel provides a clear view of Mandela's legacy and the lessons he has to teach.
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“There is no man I admire more than Nelson Mandela. Rick Sten­gel’s wise and moving book captures the Nelson Mandela I have been privileged to know. But reading Mandela’s Way gave me new insights and inspiration. I am confident it will give the same gifts to others. I was inspired anew, and I know others will be too.”—President Bill Clinton
 
“This delightfully inspiring book is a philosophical guide to how we can aspire to achieve Mandela’s grace and how we can draw upon his great­ness as a model for the comportment of our lives each day.”—Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Harvard University
 
“Nelson Mandela has lived every word of his teaching, whatever the cost. His abiding lesson is about forgiveness. Mandela’s Way takes us into the inner life of one of the most of important heroes of the century. There are lessons here that could radically change the way you live your life.”—Deepak Chopra, author of The Ultimate Happiness Prescription
 
Mandela’s Way is a timely and welcome reminder of this great man’s political genius, personal integrity, and peerless instinct for survival and triumph. Every world leader should keep Mandela’s Way within easy reach.”—Tom Brokaw
 
“Here is the wisdom of the world’s greatest moral leader brilliantly distilled by a wonderful writer. From the time they spent working closely together on Mandela’s memoirs, Rick Stengel draws fifteen big life lessons plus hundreds of smaller insights, while also giving us an intimate and astonishingly honest look at this inspiring human being.”—Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs and Einstein
 
Mandela’s Way is an electrically exciting, direct, and vivid way of making greatness tangible, human and complex. Richard Stengel has honed all the elegance and lucidity of thirty years of brilliant cultural and political writing into a book to illuminate, to inspire—and to endure.”—Pico Iyer, author of The Open Road and The Lady and the Monk
 
 
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307460691
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/30/2010
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 49,509
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Richard Stengel is the former editor of TIME. He collaborated with Nelson Mandela on his bestselling 1993 autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, and later served as coproducer of the 1996 Oscar-nominated documentary Mandela. He is also the author of January Sun: One Day, Three Lives, a South African Town. Stengel is married to Mary Pfaff, and they have two sons.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

    Awesome for Graduates

    I saw this book featured on "Hardball with Chris Matthews" and I subsequently asked my mother to purchase it for me as a graduation gift. I finished it within 24 hours, and was extremely insightful. By the time I reached the back cover, I felt like I had spent 3 years with Nelson. It was truly inspirational. Definitely give it to any grads you know!

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  • Posted July 5, 2010

    Wonderful

    After reading this book, I felt I just don't do enough. What an amazing man and leader. I learned so much about leadership, in general, through this book. All potential leaders should read this. After so many years of suffering and strife, this man came out the other side with a positive attitude that changed himself and his country. The author showed us how much he respected and cared for this great man. Truly enjoyed this book and will read it again and again.

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  • Posted June 9, 2010

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    Powerful

    This book looks at principles that Nelson Mandela has used throughout his life. A very fulfilling read

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2010

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    An inspirational read

    Mandela's Way was inspiring and very informative. I suggest everyone read this book about a remarkable man.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    Mandela's Way

    Most efficient customer service and delivery. I ordered the book on Sunday (Denver) and my son, in L.A., received it on Tuesday. He called to thank me and also mentioned he opened the pkg, started reading the book in the parking lot of the PO, and couldn't put the book down. The book as factually written gives my son and me more reason to admire and respect Mr. Mandela. Thank you!

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  • Posted March 23, 2011

    Fantastic!!!!!

    A must read!!!!!! Written with extreme passion and love!!!!!

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    Posted January 16, 2014

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    Posted January 8, 2014

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    Posted January 5, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2014

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    Posted December 29, 2013

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