Farewell to Nelson Mandela

News of the death of former South African president and anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela may inspire some to learn more about this remarkable statesman.

The 2010 book "Conversations with Myself" contains archival material from Mandela's diaries, personal correspondence, notebooks, calendars, and an unfinished autobiography. The focus here is personal, rather than political.  

"Long Walk to Freedom: the autobiography of Nelson Mandela" was first published in 1994 and chronicles Mandela's life from his tribal childhood to his time in prison to his election as President of South Africa.

 "Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the game that made a nation," by John Carlin relates how a newly elected Mandela worked to unite his divided country, using support of the national rugby team in the 1995 World Cup as common ground. The movie "Invictus" was based on this story.

David James Smith's book "Young Mandela" offers more information about Mandela's early years as an anti-apartheid revolutionary. Smith paints a picture of South Africa at the time and highlights a lesser-known part of Mandela's career.

This is a small sample of what is available in the SLCL collection on the inspiring life of Nelson Mandela.

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