Mandela's Way: Lessons on Life, Love, and Courage

Mandela s Way Lessons on Life Love and Courage A compact profoundly inspiring book that captures the spirit of Nelson Mandela distilling the South African leader s wisdom into vital life lessonsWe long for heroes and have too few Nelson Mande

  • Title: Mandela's Way: Lessons on Life, Love, and Courage
  • Author: Richard Stengel Nelson Mandela
  • ISBN: 9780307460684
  • Page: 188
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A compact, profoundly inspiring book that captures the spirit of Nelson Mandela, distilling the South African leader s wisdom into 15 vital life lessonsWe 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 unA compact, profoundly inspiring book that captures the spirit of Nelson Mandela, distilling the South African leader s wisdom into 15 vital life lessonsWe 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 liber ated 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 maga zine, has distilled countless hours of intimate conver sation 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 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 child hood as the prot g of a tribal king, of his early days as a freedom fighter, of the twenty seven year imprison ment 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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    1. I have great regard for Nelson Mandela and his enormous courage in prison, his lack of rancour towards his tormentors even after 27 years in prison, his great efforts towards reconciliation in South Africa and his pragmatism in embracing market economics even though he was a socialist when he went to the prison. But this book is a big disappointment and is a poor effort. It is just a rehash of some truisms which are inconsistent with the title of the book. It amazes me that accomplished people l [...]

    2. Interesting and inspiring book whose main characteristic is the fact that the Author had access to Mandela along several years in all sorts of daily situations, so he could get to know the President from a more intimate point of view than is usually depicted. The Author tried to turn what he learned from Mandela into 15 lessons which he considers "Mandela Legacy". The book is well written, varied and hints at the immense human wisdom that Mandela imparted on those who were close enough to him. E [...]

    3. Marvelous book, amazing personality yet HUMAN not a superman nor any other form of fiction!He is real.This book talks maily about leadership, self and others leadership, a disciplined leader, focused, a full human being after many years of prison, inside prison and out,a he learned it in the hard way , or maybe we are learning in the hard way (those struggling with daily challenges and self boundaries, self prisoners!) Or maybe everyone has his own type of suffering and difficulties but what's i [...]

    4. An interesting, personal and readable portrait of Mandela and his outlook on life. Having the book organised into "15 life lessons" made it very accessible and freed the author to pick out particularly salient points from Mandela's life. (If you're looking for a traditional, chronological biography of Mandela, I would recommend looking for a different book).

    5. An inspiring read. The book presents a much more complex man than we might imagine when we see his glowing countenance in photos and on newsreels. He has worked hard to become the person he is, and has used his life experiences to learn from each encounter and challenge. I walked away from the book feeling like Mandela is a pristine mix of the Dalai Lama and Malcolm X - he believes in progress through peaceful means, but he knows that for change to occur, at times one must be boldly assertive. T [...]

    6. A very interesting and simple read. My only regret is that it reads like a leadership book more than general lessons on life. But it gives a great image of the imperfect but fantastic leader.It is divided into 15 lessons with examples from personal moments in Mandela's life.I enjoyed it

    7. Nelson Mandela is quite obviously an extraordinary role model and there is much to learn from his life. This book, however, read a bit like a dry college thesis and contained so many "lessons" that even one day after reading it, I'm already forgetting its content.

    8. Richard Stengel seems to suggest that being a hypocrite is being worse than a being a contradict - which is what Mandela seems to be in his eyes, for at least being a contradict is human, and being a hypocrite stoops you a level lower because you are perfectly aware of your contradictory actions. For the sake of simplicity I'll write down the 'lessons' that appealed most. Time and time again we see this value, perhaps told in a different fashion and in a different light; courage. And in the book [...]

    9. It seems like in general many people really like this book, or they like the content but not the writing. Personally I felt the writer did a fine job presenting his view of life lessons that we can learn from Mandela through interpretations of several scenes of Mandela’s life, and other narrations by Mandela himself. Apparently Richard Branson, Bill Clinton, and many others thought Stengel did a good job as well.I appreciated learning more about Mandela and from the perspective of someone who [...]

    10. What a great book. Seriously I just got swept up in this book. I was really impressed by this book, I guess more importantly I was enlightened by Mandela. I mean I knew bits & pieces of his life but reading about it in detail just made me admire him even more. The amount of struggles & hurdles he overcame is simply amazing. Not only that but how he approached everything w/ such a non-hateful demeanor. For someone who spent so much time in prison he still had this unbelievable compassion [...]

    11. E prima carte de gen biografic pe care o citesc si am pareri controvesate in privinta acestui tip de literatura. E o bogata sursa de informatii istorice si poate fi utila, mai ales celor care nu prefera istoria ca materie, cum sunt si eu :) Dar poti afla date importante, evenimente marcante anume prin actiunile unor oameni, precum si faptele savarsite de Mandela.Eroul cartii trezeste emotii opuse: admiratie, respingere, aprobare, intrebari despre anumite trasaturi si decizii, dar din lectiile de [...]

    12. In this book, there are 15 lessons on life, love, and courage, Mandela’s way. Each chapter is a lesson in itself captivating the reader, through practical illustrations. As a prominent figure worldwide, many authors have written about his life. As his health deteriorates, however, he continues to be a very influential man in South Africa and is admired around the world. Author Richard Stengel personally interviewed and observed Mandela for a period of time prior to writing this book. From his [...]

    13. Richard Stengel's Mandelas's Way is a love sonnet to Nelson Mandela, filled with praise and uncanny insight. It is written in a style that is light but highly expressive. Part of me wishes that Stengel was more distant to his subject so that a more "clearer" image of Mandela could be seen. It is a great book but I sense that it's author is so blinded by love that he can barely see fault with Nelson. I feel moved by the advice and wisdom peppered throughout the books pages, it inspires it's reade [...]

    14. Closest thing to a living saint. I turned 44 earlier this month, and it is heartening to think that is the same age that Nelson Mandela went into prison, not to emerge until he was 71. I listened to is on my commute and I like the blending of philosophy and story-telling. Short audio, worth the time.

    15. I did not love it I did not hate it. It was interesting to read about Mandela's life and the lessons he wanted to share, though.

    16. It's difficult to rate or reflect on this book because the epiphanies I find here are very scattered and inconsistent. But still, as the author points out from Mandela's mannerism, inconsistency itself doesn't have to be a flaw when the majority of things falls into the gray zone. One prime epiphany I have learnt from this book would be to keep an open mind, always. Keep an open mind when reading what this book has to offer before you judge it for being inconsistent. Keep an open mind when you d [...]

    17. I enjoyed this book but wouldn't say I'm in love with it. There are some beautiful life lessons in it, and Stengel obviously knows his stuff. However, I found much of it to be repetitive and my concentration wavered throughout. Some sections were more interesting than others, some 'life lessons' were obvious pieces of advice, and others seemed a little insignificant. Despite this, it was nice to have an honest and well-written insight into this great hero.

    18. What an inspiring and powerful book outlining Mandela's way of life. This book is very insightful into how Mandela endure his hardships; what he had to sacrifice in order to gain freedom for his people in social justice and freedom. I am truly touched by this book and Mandela. If you are curious about what made Nelson Mandela into the great leader he was, this is the book to read.

    19. Stengel gives us insight to the eponymous man and these lessons which made him such a great leader, are ones I'm glad I've read and will mediate on regularly. The stories are touching and really makes one realise that this man was the stuff of heroes and legends.

    20. AdmirationI always admires Mandela. This book gave additional reasons to admire him. A true life example form me. A very balanced boom that shows not only his strenghts but also his weaknesses such as we all have.

    21. Full of great nuggets of wisdom and thought provoking! Though the lessons aren’t necessarily innovative, hearing how Mandela lived them out was remarkable and caused me to challenge what those things look like in my life.

    22. mandela is my hero. reading this book is so inspirational. he is truly a legend. planning to read his autobiography, long walk to freedom.

    23. A Treacherous Trajectory: Mandela’s battles against his morals“Mandela knows he has been a hero, but even a hero stands on the shoulders of other.” Mandel’s Ways, by Richard Stengel, published by the Crown Publishing Group; is identified as The New York Times Bestseller and is reviewed by many keen readers with outstanding positive feedback. Unlike any other books, Mandela’s Ways is a simple yet breathtaking fiction novel, which unveils the lessons on life, love, and courage from the w [...]

    24. Quick and Enlightening I knew of Mandela but didn't realize what made him strong. Mandela's Way allowed me to take a glimpse into what made him who he was. Remarkable!

    25. This is a collection of wisdom and intelligence from Nelson Mandela, one of the most admired men in the world today and a true hero. It's written by Richard Stengel, editor of Time Magazine and who collaborated with Mandela on the writing of this autobiography "Long Walk to Freedom" and so helped with making the 1996 film documentary "Mandela."This book is subtitled, "Fifteen Lessons on Life, Love, and Courage." The chapter titles are informative as to the kind of man Mandela is and I include th [...]

    26. Nelson Mandela: Portrait of an extraordinary man is an interesting read, however left me with some questions. Would this biography be different if the author was female? As the book is written very much from the author's perspective, it is hard to determine what is 'fact' or 'opinion'. The book was an easy read, however, it also jumped a bit as it was written in both a chronological order but also in particular topics. There were some quotes/sentences I really liked from this book: "The praise w [...]

    27. Each lesson contained examples from Mandela's life, and it was inspiring to read how he came to learn and exemplify those lessons. The book is an easy read, written well, and gives food for thought. I couldn't fully relate to some of the lessons, and I wonder if that's because of where I am in life. That does not detract from the book's ability to make me pause and reflect.

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