We mourn with the rest of the globe this humble and supremely dedicated warrior for justice Nelson Mandela.
Give this book during this month of celebration of his long and meaningful life to the adults on your gift list. A great book to stimulate conversation during this month of family gatherings.
“Madiba A to Z: The Many Faces of Nelson Mandela ” tells the story from personal experience and goes beyond the surface with a lively sense of humor and deep caring that even we South Africans can learn from.” –Ronnie Kasrils former commander in the armed struggle and South Africa’s Minister of Intelligence in the post-apartheid government 16 years went into the making of the forthcoming feature film LONG WALK TO FREEDOM a fictionalized biopic based on Mandela’s bestselling autobiography coming out November 29 2013. Danny Schechter who has spent 40 years getting to know Mandela was asked to make a non-fiction documentary about the biopic and this book is his companion to the feature the documentary and Mandela’s life itself. In Schechter’s words: “What do we see when we see Nelson Mandela? Many of those who adore him projected on to him a god-like persona as political superman. Others projected on to him the qualities they wanted or feared. For many years his government silenced him as a faceless terrorist and communist. Others saw him as a savior who single-handedly won freedom for South Africa. Many of us only saw the political mission not the man behind it and when we did what man was that? Was it the victim turned victor prisoner turned President the lone hero and political magician or the wise leader of a liberation movement? He was courted by kings and queens the biggest names in show business and world leaders–who appealed to his often unseen vanity–but despite some compromises and co-optation he largely stayed true to the values that shaped and guided him becoming as he aged even more reflective and self-aware.” “From the Trade Paperback edition.”