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Madiba A to Z: The Many Faces of Nelson Mandela

3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  38 ratings  ·  14 reviews
From the makers of the major motion pictureMandela: Long Walk to Freedom, acompletely unique biography and thematic telling of the story of Nelson Mandela. This book, which provided key source material for the film, isan unexpurgated collection of the views and opinions of South Africa's first Black president, and itdraws on Danny Schechter’s forty-year relationship with " ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published November 26th 2013 by Seven Stories Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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Barbara
This book was my book club read for our January meeting. The consensus of opinion is that while we did get some information about Madiba/Mandela's life we did not get what we wanted. All of us feel that the autobiography may fill in the gaps left with this book. The back story, the feelings, the feel of the times, the life story itself, from when Mandela was a child. This book had too many names, dates, facts, but no life or feeling. We all agreed that to read Mandela's autobiography might fill ...more
Christoph Fischer
"Madiba A to Z: The Many Faces of Nelson Mandela" by Danny Schechter is a wonderful celebration of Nelson Mandela's life and everything he represents. With a great introduction by Anant Singh, producer of "The Long Way to Freedom", the reader gets already reminded of the charisma and infectuous personality that was Mandela.
The author then adds his own foreword and explains his personal connection to Mandela - as if anyone reading the stories to follow would doubt his familiarity with and knowled
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Donna
Disappointing. Lacks detail. Not historical. Instead, it is a series of chapters each dealing with one aspect of his life, each aspect beginning with a different letter of the alphabet. It is almost a childlike simplistic approach.

In my opinion, the book is biased. The author admits? brags? that he is a friend of Mandela. He seems to skirt issues of personal failings, often suggesting that there were not adequate facts to back up the stories.

No man is perfect, even if he is perceived as a hero
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Michael
I always admired Nelson Mandela growing up but never knew much about the main events of his life. Although his name was notorious in the schools I attended, I never really was assigned to write about his life. However I do remember researching his timeline and see how he changed society for the better. This book answered a lot of questions regarding his life, struggles and his victories. Additionally, the photographs in the book was a nice touch, it made the book come alive. I am not a huge hist ...more
Karen
Apr 18, 2014 Karen rated it 5 of 5 stars
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MADIBA A TO Z: THE MANY FACES OF NELSON MANDELA
If you only get to read one biographical book this year let it be this one! Danny Schecter lets the reader see the different facets of Mandelas life, politics and his personality. We see how his heritage as well his 28 year imprisonment shaped the man and helped him fight for a better way of life in his native South Africa.
Through various anecdotes of friends, family and fellow politicians Schecter has painted a 3 dimensional picture of a great Stat
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Tim
I won this book 8 days after Mandela passed away and after watching some of the media coverage I looked forward to learning more about him. This book brings you just as the title says, The Many Faces of Nelson Mandela. I enjoyed the lay out of the book from A to Z. It gives such a insight of who he was in many different ways. I enjoyed one of statements in the last chapter,"No one film can tell it all, nor should even aspire to". I find this to be true with books or documentaries which makes me ...more
Jack
I got this book shortly after the death of Nelson Mandela. Its a fine book but in my opinion not a great one. Though for those who have an interest in Nelson Mandela I would definitely recommend this.

My first problem with this book was simply that it wasn't particularly interesting, it was very methodical and it lacked anything to grab the readers attention. But as someone who is interested in Mandela I was able to stick with the book. As I got farther in the book I realized what the best part o
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Brianna C
"If we want to get a clue and catch a glimpse of what's possible for humanity, Nelson Mandela would be a good person to study."

It's no secret that Nelson Mandela has always been a person that I always want to know more about. I had to jump at the chance to read this one, even before realizing it was the companion to the movie coming out soon. I was about half way through when Nelson Mandela passed. I almost decided not to finish, but I'm not one to not finish books. It was hard, but I am happy I
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Kate
I won a copy of Madiba A to Z from Goodreads. I am a longtime admirer of Nelson Mandela so reading this book has been a very pleasurable experience. I have read other books about Mandela, and I thought this book offered a refreshing approach to understanding the inner strength of Mandela. My favorite chapters in this book were the chapters on forgiveness, and love and loss. Although I had already read other books on Mandela, I found Schechter's book very informative. I believe Schechter's book o ...more
Lacee
I'm not much of a non-fiction reader. Generally, I prefer a new world to get immersed in. Unknown people that I can get to know and either love or hate, rather than having a predisposed feeling toward.
This, however, presented the material on a very public figure's life interestingly and beautifully. The non-linear "story-telling" and presentation definitely kept me engaged as a reader. It was also extremely informative. And while I do feel that there was a good deal of glorifying, it also did no
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Claire
I received Madiba A to Z as part of a Goodreads giveaway.

Madiba A to Z is an alphabetic overview of anecdotes and significant topics from Nelson Mandela's historic life. It's not a biography by any stretch of the imagination; rather, each short chapter highlights an aspect of Mandela's life, career, or personality (Questions, Love and Loss, X Factor, etc.). Developed by Danny Schechter, a maker of the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Madiba A to Z can supplement the film and accompanying doc
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Kimberly
I won this book from Goodreads. I have always been interested in the man that was Nelson Mandela and this book gives a personal view and insight to the man. I realize that some may not like the format. However, for me, the way it was written in the form of 26 unique essays made it more interesting. It is definitely a tie in to the movie, but for those who want a more personal glimpse into the man and his struggles, I definitely recommend they read this book.
Diane Smith
I enjoyed the alphabetical-by-topic format for these short essays about Nelson Mandela and his exceptional life. The essays were short but direct, allowing the reader to be completely engaged with the writing as nuances of this great leader's life were brought into focus.

See my #booktube review here:

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Jbondandrews
I found this book to be quite interesting and certainly a different approach to a book about Mandela. It has even sparked my interest in seeing the movie 'Long Walk to Freedom'. Haven't seen a new movie in awhile, it maybe this one that will have the honour.
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