IN HIS OWN WORDS is a selection of Nelson Mandela's speeches, providing a lively, memorable profile of his lifelong commitment to freedom and reconciliation, democracy, and the flourishing of all the people of South Africa, Africa and the world. Arranged thematically, each section of speeches is introduced by a leading figure, such as Kofi Annan and Desmond Tutu. In these introductory essays, the authors pay tribute to Nelson Mandela's achievements, animating their accounts with personal memories, stories and reflections. Covering a range of topics of our times - struggle and reconciliation, freedom, religion and nation building, culture, education and health, children and development - the book also features Mandela's own tributes to South African heroes such as Steve Biko, Oliver Tambo and Walter Sisulu.
The speeches of Nelson Mandela
For LONG WALK TO FREEDOM: 'The authentic voice of Mandela shines through this book... humane, dignified & magnificently unembittered' TIMES 'This life of a man who has been a political activist for 50 yrs, in one of the most difficult & complex conflicts of the 20th C. is a major achievement' OBSERVER 'A truly stunning account of his extraordinary life...A vivid testimony to an unusual mixture of courage, persistence, tolerance & forgiveness' Sir David Steel
Nelson Mandela became the democratically elected, first black president of the republic of South Africa on 27 April 1994.