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Nelson Mandela 1918-2013

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Nelson Mandela, one of the world's most celebrated statesmen, has died at 95.  Much has been written about Mandela and he himself wrote almost every day of his long life.  Here are just a few of the books about and by Mandela that offer a starting point to learning more about his life and work.

Nelson Mandela
by Kadir Nelson
Kadir Nelson uses verse and stunning illustration to tell the story of Mandela in this powerful picture-book biography that appeals to readers of all ages.

Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela
by Nelson Mandela
Mandela wrote much of his autobiography during his 27-year imprisonment on Robben Island.  Although he was released in 1990 and became the first democratically-elected president of South Africa, he concludes at the end of his book that his "long walk" for freedom has just begun: "For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others."

Mandela: A Critical Life
by Tom Lodge
This biography combines a chronological account of Mandela's life with a critical analysis of his personal and political roles.  A well-known scholar of South African history, Lodge demonstrates how Mandela's struggle for equality brought him to prominence and that his appeal rests on his ability to personify his political beliefs.

Conversations with Myself
by Nelson Mandela
This is a very personal book - a book of private thoughts and lessons learned; but the sense of hope and gentle wisdom that shines from these letters and diaries make this a book for everyone - a chance to share Mandela's recollections of a long life, fully lived.

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