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on 20 January 2011
This book in some ways is not what its title suggests
Yes they are Mr Mandela's words, but he DID NOT have anything to do with the book. When asked to help put the book together, he declined.
What we get is a collection of diary extracts, letters, conversations that is apparently based around themes, but in the most part are disjointed and some extracts used more than once. If the extracts were given in chronological order and proper footnotes given (not Nurse X was a nurse! - this is a footnote in the book)then it may help the reader follow it.
This is a useful resourse, where the index would be used to look at particular items, but as for reading it from front to back - it was hard work.
If you do not have a strong understanding about Mr Mandela's life, this is NOT the book to start with - read Long Walk to Freedom before attempting this book.