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Conversations with Myself

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Nelson 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 life.

A singular international publishing event, Conversations with
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K.D. Absolutely
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 are more rational 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 for more than a quarter of one's l
Rohan Kallicharan
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
Ken Moten
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 are more conventional 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
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 ...more
Mohammad Alrasheed
عندما ذهبتُ إلى المكتبة كانت النية كتاب "رحلتي الطويلة من أجل الحرية"، مع معرفتي بنُدرته وقلة وجوده. لكني وجدت هذا الكتاب. كانت سعادتي كبيرة حين رؤيته (لاهتمامي الشخصي بكتب السيَر والمذكرات) وسعادتي أكبر أثناء قراءته، وأكبر بعد الانتهاء منه. كتاب جميل جداً ورائع، يكشف لك عن قرب شخصية هذا الرجل المُلهم والصبور. يحتوي الكتاب على عدد من اللقاءات التي أجراها مانديلا مع صديقه المقرب والصحفي أحمد كاثرادا، والصحفي الأمريكي ريتشارد ستينغل، كما يحتوي على عدد من مسوّدات كتابه الشهير "مشوار طويل نحو الحرية ...more
Apr 24, 2014 Saza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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.
Jun 27, 2016 Victor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Simple, easy to read, frank approach to the story of the life of a great man. Enough of the hype and glamour that follows his life, this book reveals the man behind the legend, and gives a really frank approach to his attitude towards life.

Honestly I have not read his other biographies, but I really liked how he is portrayed in this book. I feel that I can relate to him, and after reading it, I feel he is less of a ghost or legend, and more of a role model.

The chapters are broken down into bite-
Jan 15, 2012 Nura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Stephanie Hill Alexander
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 ...more
This is a wonderful book to take your time with. At times, I did feel like I was engaged in a conversation. Some of the notebook entries were a bit tedious, but I preferred them included rather than left out. Of course, I wanted to know more about Pres. Mendela's personal life, but Mandela did not write this to satisfy my desire for gossip. This is a historical document worthy of study.
Jordana Winchesterdream
I'm a South African so anything to do with my Hero is going to get 5 stars. This is yet another book that shows his amazing intelligence, humility and absolute dedication to making the world around him a better more understanding place. Incredibly insighful into his private thoughts and ideas it adds another layer to the legend.
Raghad Khamees
Jun 19, 2016 Raghad Khamees rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"لم أكن المسيح، ولكن رجلا عاديا أصبح زعيما بسبب ظروف استثنائية."

رجل قروي بسيط من ثمبولندا رجل عادي رفض الظلم العادي والمعتاد والمتوقع والمسلم به و قرر أن يثور وأن ينتصر لأجل آلاف تعيش في الظلال والعتمة والموت والاضطهاد حتى آخره.

الى اي حد نحن مستعدون ان نتخلى عن كل ما لدينا في سبيل حلم
الى اي حد نحن كبيرون لتحمل الأوجاع والضربات حتى آخرها
ولتشهد روحنا الهشة الخسارات بكامل شكلها
مانديلا الذي تحول من "سجين الى معجزة" كما سميت احدى فصول مذكراته الأخيرة، يؤكد لنا أن لا مستحيل لأحلامنا مهما كانت ك
Claudia Gualina
Feb 01, 2014 Claudia Gualina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
IO, NELSON MANDELA– Nelson Mandela

“È la storia di un uomo disposto a rischiare la vita per ciò in cui credeva e che ha lavorato incessantemente per condurre quel genere di esistenza che avrebbe reso il mondo un posto migliore.” (B. Obama)

Questa è un frase molto significativa della prefazione, fatta da Obama al libro di Mandela, che racchiude in sé l’emblema della vita del leader sudafricano. Qualche anno fa, ho letto la sua autobiografia: ho seguito attentamente le vicissitudini della sua travag
Jul 23, 2016 Graham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very interesting collection of letters, diary entries, and short interviews. The title suggests that the dairies will be the bulk of the book, but most of the content comes from letters and interviews. Some of the letters never made it past the censors--and Mandela was not typically told whether his messages were sent out or intercepted.
Fatoumata Diop
Mar 31, 2014 Fatoumata Diop rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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." NELSON MANDELA. In this book Nelson Mandela lets us see his private life, tells us his story.

This book is about a very powerful and inpring man and leader called Nelson Mandela. Helets us read through his private life, from finish to end. Even though he had someups and downs, he never gave up because Nelson
Apr 13, 2015 Marla rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable.
Jul 22, 2013 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a bit disjointed, as it's a collection of quotes, recollections and narrative. However, this adds to the sense of knowing something about this man. I found myself remembering words and discussions by Mandela over the next few days. His discussion whether to invite the guards who had tortured fellow prisoners to a barbecue stuck in my memory.
A very good book that I will definitely read again.
Gauri Naik
Jul 20, 2016 Gauri Naik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

1st impression : Incredibly insightful and inspiring …..rather awe inspiring!

About : This is an uniquely styled memoir of the great leader - Nelson Mandela's incredible journey that offers a behind the scene access to his personal archive. It is a collection of his conversations, letters, speeches, notes and diary entries made by the hero himself. I personally loved the diary/journal style part as it left me with a special feeling of having access to something so exclusive and priceless. The cop
Nelson Mandela este un model al sacrificiului pentru o cauză, iar lupta sa antiapertheid din Africa de Sud, în numele căreia a primit o condamnare de 27 de ani de închisoare, executată în insula Roben, a fost fructificată în cele din urmă, fiind ales primul preşedinte ajuns la conducere pe cale democratică, în 1994. Conversaţii cu mine însumi creionează portretul lui Mandela din surse diferite, din interviuri, scrisori trimise în timpul închisorii, din discursuri etc. Este o carte care ni-l prez ...more
Oct 11, 2014 Bogdan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hic-sunt-leones
I received this book last December as a gift and I managed to find time to read it now, some 10 months after. I believe the reason of the person that selected it as a gift was that Nelson Mandela passed away in the same period, few days before I received it and his (auto)biographies were again popular.

The editorial team mentions the reason they compiled this book with fragments from archive of Nelson Mandela to be the desire to reveal the human behind the public figure. This constitutes the prem
Sep 17, 2011 Alison rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Had this by my bed for months and would read little excerpts, bit by bit. It's impossible not to admire Nelson Mandela. I don't know that this was a consistently successful book format (a collection of correspondence, interviews, essays) but I am glad to have read it and learned more about his extraordinary, inspiring life.
Jan 25, 2012 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This is a factual book filled with letters that Nelson mandella wrote while in prision and conversations that he had with significant others. It gives a real insight into his thoughts ,values and moral that lead the way in which he contiues to live out his life. a facisating read, about an amazing man .
Denise Billings
Jan 16, 2014 Denise Billings rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We all knew Nelson Mandela had been locked up for years, but I didn't know the extent of the persecution of the prisoners. Rules made up along the way just to punish them. The buckets they used as toilets. Ignoring his requests to attend the funeral of his mother and later his 24 year old son. Total isolation from the rest of the world, especially his children. Often Winnie was also jailed and the children lived as orphans.

I'd heard about the correspondence being censored on my visit to Robben I
Aug 13, 2015 Lyndell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
According to the introduction, “Conversations with Myself aims to give readers access to the Nelson Mandela behind the public figure, through his private archive”. This book is a collection of private letters, speeches and excerpts from other documents - cohesively wound together and interspersed with relevant background and explanatory notes by the editors. It also contains many insightful segments that were omitted from Long Walk to Freedom as well as portions of an unpublished sequel to that ...more
Apr 21, 2014 Brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a phenomenal book, and I suspect a good deal more compelling than Long Walk to Freedom (have not read that one). This is mainly because it is more of a collection of thoughts the man has had over his extraordinary life rather than a fact sheet or a list of events displayed flatly and chronologically. Specifically, it is a collection of notes he wrote while imprisoned and also of interviews (mainly with Richard Stengel). Of course, this means it's a good deal more disjoint, but it is als ...more
Oct 06, 2012 Ice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Marisa Martins
Jan 13, 2011 Marisa Martins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leituras-2011
Colecção de cartas escritas à família e aos amigos, entradas num diário, anotações feitas em calendários e blocos de nota e extractos de conversas gravadas com o biógrafo e com amigos que levam o leitor a conhecer Nelson Mandela numa perpectiva mais intimista.

"Depois de se ter estado na prisão são as pequenas coisas que valorizamos - a sensação de poder dar um passeio sempre que nos apetece, atravessar uma rua, entrar numa loja e comprar o jornal, falar ou preferir ficar em silêncio - o simples
Ian Walcott-Skinner
This is not the easiest book to read as its format is non-linear. However, if you have the patience to get through it and piece the puzzle together, it gives great insight into the real Nelson Mandela. (I do recommend taking a glimpse at the supplementary information at the back before delving into the main text unless you are very familiar with South Africa's history and geography. This will assist in putting everything into a better perspective.) For me, Mandela is an African King who has been ...more
Dec 27, 2010 james rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
favorite quotes:

-internal factors may be even more crucial in assessing one's development as a human being. honesty, sincerity, simplicity, humility, pure generosity, absence of vanity, readiness to serve others - qualities which are within easy reach of every soul - are the foundations of one's spiritual life. never forget that a saint is a sinner who keeps on trying.

-from president obama: 'mandela made it clear that we did not have to accept the world as it is - that we could do our part to se
Jan 31, 2012 Elly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mandela is natuurlijk een bevlogen, ingetogen, inspirerende persoonljkheid die sowieso heel veel te vertellen heeft. Dit boek geeft een inkijkje in zijn privé gedachten en zijn privéleven.
Dat maakt het bijzonder.
Wat het een beetje saai, taai maakt om te lezen is de vorm waarin het gegoten is. Het is een bijelkaar geraapt geheel van stukjes uit zijn dagboek, brieven, aantekeningen uit agenda's etc. Er is geen coherent geheel van gemaakt. Het schiet ook heen en weer qua data. En dat is voor het
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Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a former President of South Africa, the first to be elected in a fully representative democratic election, who held office from 1994–99.

Before his presidency, Mandela was an anti-apartheid activist, and the leader of the African National Congress's armed wing Umkhonto we Sizwe. The South African courts convicted him on charges of sabotage, as well as other crimes com
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