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We long for heroes and have too few. Nelson Mandela is the closest thing the world has to a secular saint. He liberated a country from a system of violent prejudice and helped unite oppressor and oppressed in a way that had never been done before.
Now Time magazine editor Rick Stengel, who collaborated with Mandela on his bestselling autobiography and became a cherished friend, distills Mandela’s wisdom into 15 vital life lessons. Woven into these lessons are remarkable stories–of Mandela’s childhood as the protégé of a tribal king, of his early days as a freedom fighter, of the 27-year imprisonment that could not break him, and of his new and fulfilling marriage at the age of eighty.
This profoundly inspiring book spurs us to look within ourselves, reconsider the things we take for granted, and contemplate the legacy we’ll leave behind.
The 15 Lessons:
1. Courage Is Not the Absence of Fear
2. Be Measured
3. Lead from the Front
4. Look the Part
5. Lead from the Back
6. See the Good in Others
7. Keep Your Rivals Close
8. Have a Core Principle
9. Know When to Say No
10. Know Your Enemy
11. It’s Always Both
12. Love Makes the Difference
13. It’s a Long Game
14. Quitting Is Leading Too
15. Find Your Own Garden
“There is no man I admire more than Nelson Mandela. Rick Stengel’s wise and moving book captures the Nelson Mandela I have been privileged to know. But reading Mandela’s Way gave me new insights and inspiration. I am confident it will give the same gifts to others. I was inspired anew, and I know others will be too.”—President Bill Clinton
“This delightfully inspiring book is a philosophical guide to how we can aspire to achieve Mandela’s grace and how we can draw upon his greatness as a model for the comportment of our lives each day.”—Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Harvard University
“Nelson Mandela has walked a long road and Richard Stengel’s artful distillation of the lessons learned along the way is a gift. Through anecdotes both heartwarming and heartbreaking, this uplifting, inspiring volume makes Mandela’s hard-won wisdom accessible to anyone who wants to play a part in making the world a better place.”—Greg Mortenson, author of Three Cups of Tea
“Nelson Mandela has lived every word of his teaching, whatever the cost. His abiding lesson is about forgiveness. Mandela’s Way takes us into the inner life of one of the most of important heroes of the century. There are lessons here that could radically change the way you live your life.”—Deepak Chopra, author of The Ultimate Happiness Prescription
“Mandela’s Way is a timely and welcome reminder of this great man’s political genius, personal integrity, and peerless instinct for survival and triumph. Every world leader should keep Mandela’s Way within easy reach.”—Tom Brokaw
“Here is the wisdom of the world’s greatest moral leader brilliantly distilled by a wonderful writer. From the time they spent working closely together on Mandela’s memoirs, Rick Stengel draws fifteen big life lessons plus hundreds of smaller insights, while also giving us an intimate and astonishingly honest look at this inspiring human being.”—Walter Isaacson, author of Einstein and Benjamin Franklin
“Mandela’s Way is an electrically exciting, direct, and vivid way of making greatness tangible, human and complex. Richard Stengel has honed all the elegance and lucidity of thirty years of brilliant cultural and political writing into a book to illuminate, to inspire—and to endure.”—Pico Iyer, author of The Open Road and The Lady and the Monk