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In the Words of Nelson Mandelaby Nelson Mandela
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"I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die." Nelson Mandela spoke these words from the dock at the Rivonia Treason Trial on April 20, 1964. Through his words and actions ever since, Mandela has been embraced worldwide as a symbol of courage, hope, and reconciliation.
South African journalist Jennifer Crwys-Williams has compiled a collection of Mandela's observations, culled from a variety of sources. In the Words of Nelson Mandela presents his thoughts on subjects as diverse as humanity, friendship, oppression, and freedom. These quotations provide valuable insight into the man and all he stands for. By turns moving, revealing, humorous, and wise, Mandela's words eloquently convey his warmth and dignity; his thoughts, though brief, contain enormous depth-"One minute can change the world," for example-and are certain to inspire and give strength to all who read them.
"This brief book is a collection of quotes from one of the great political, social, and humanitarian figures in history. With his brilliant mind and eloquent way of speaking, Mandela has certainly provided a wealth of material for a project such as this. Unfortunately, his insight is not done justice. South African radio host Crwys-Williams organizes the quotes alphabetically by subject, i.e., 'On Goals,' followed by 'On the Future.' Most quotes are just one sentence long, many fewer than twenty words. These snippets sometimes lose their poignancy when taken out of context and feel contrived to fit into a particular category. In the 'On Love' section, for instance, readers will find 'I'm in love with a remarkable lady. She has changed my life,' with the commentary following running longer than the quote itself. Other categorizations are downright odd: 'Men must follow the dictates of their conscience irrespective of the consequences which might overtake them for it' is the sole member of the unlikely category called 'On Men.' Where this book does succeed is in making the reader want to go straight to the source, and look up Mandela's great speeches — un-excerpted. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Jennifer Crwys-Williams has hosted her own television and radio shows in South Africa, interviewing world figures, including Nelson Mandela. She is the editor of several books, including The Penguin Dictionary of South African Quotations and South African Dispatches: Two Centuries of the Best of South African Journalism.
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