• Mandela's Way

  • Fifteen Lessons on Life, Love, and Courage
  • By: Richard Stengel
  • Narrated by: Richard Stengel
  • Length: 4 hrs and 43 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (290 ratings)

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By: Richard Stengel
Narrated by: Richard Stengel
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Publisher's Summary

We long for heroes and have too few. Nelson Mandela, who recently celebrated his 91st birthday, 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 Richard Stengel, the editor of Time magazine, has distilled countless hours of intimate conversation with Mandela into 15 essential life lessons. For nearly three years, including the critical period when Mandela moved South Africa toward the first democratic elections in its history, Stengel collaborated with Mandela on his autobiography and traveled with him everywhere. Eating with him, watching him campaign, hearing him think out loud, Stengel came to know all the different sides of this complex man and became a cherished friend and colleague.

In Mandela's Way, Stengel recounts the moments in which the grandfather of South Africa was tested and shares the wisdom he learned: why courage is more than the absence of fear, why we should keep our rivals close, why the answer is not always either/or but often both, how important it is for each of us to find something away from the world that gives us pleasure and satisfaction - our own garden. Woven into these life lessons are remarkable stories of Mandelas childhood as the protegy 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 80.

This compact book is profoundly inspiring. It captures the spirit of this extraordinary manwarrior, martyr, husband, statesman, and moral leader, and spurs us to look within ourselves, reconsider the things we take for granted, and contemplate the legacy well leave behind.

©2010 Richard Stengel (P)2010 Random House

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Loved it! Well Read and well written.

I loved the stories of Mandela - I come from South Africa and he is the hero of my childhood.
I have one issue and it nearly had me stop listening - comparing Mandela with Obama that I take issue with. Obama has never and will never have the strength of character that Manadela has he has not had to overcome the same hardships and still come out as an extra-ordinary human being. Take that out and you have an outstanding piece of work.
Well read and well written it transported me back to the Transky.
Mandela is a living legend lets make sure we keep him that way!

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Great book

One of the best books I have read on Mandela. I recommend to anyone in a leadership role. Great book.

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  • 11-21-13

One of the best book on courage

great leadership lessons on courage, leadership and forgiveness a great story on lessons learnt .

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Second to None. Last real hero in our world.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Yes. Invaluable experiences that need to be pass on through generations.

What other book might you compare Mandela's Way to and why?

As previously stated: "second to none"

Which character – as performed by Richard Stengel – was your favorite?

Of course Nelson Mandela

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

Courage is not the absence of fear. Nobody born courageous. It is a day to day attitude towards life, particularly when you are put up to remarkable tests.

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Mechanical voice

Worth listening to but the author should NOT have read the story very painful to listen to.

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gran libro, provocativo y profundo

Lo lei en dos días. Me dio mucha pena que termine. Lo recomiendo sin dudas.

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Monotone Voice

Now, I'm just speaking for myself. Many people may still need to hear/read a book like this. However, for me, it was life lessons that I already knew. I tried to finish it, but the voice is so monotoned and flat that I caught sleeping with my eyes open and when I came to, I had no idea what he had been talking about or what was going on in his storytelling. I do appreciate that he spoke about (educated me on) Mandela through his observations and Mandela's experiences. I found that I'm much like Mandela in how he chooses to live and see people and the world. So, therefore, I didn't learn too much. But I got all the way through chapter 8 and had to cut it off. I couldn't force myself to listen to it anymore. But if you're super interested in Mandela and his way of living, then it's interesting in that sense and you'll enjoy it.

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not to buy into the hype...

but this is awesome. 10/10. highly recommend this book. it offers insight and wisdom. probably worth a relisten

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I had no idea...

I thought I knew who Nelson Mandela was but what I saw in the media until his death was only a glimpse. This book gave me insight into his wisdom and understanding of humanity.

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Informative

I got this as I was told it was about hope. Not the case, but very interesting biographically. A bit repetitive at times. The author has a clipped way of speaking. I enjoyed the lessons.