Good Morning, Mr. Mandela

Good Morning, Mr. Mandela

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One of Mandela's three private secretaries and now working for the Nelson Mandela Foundation, "La Grange pays tribute to Nelson Mandela as she knew him: a teacher who gave her the most valuable lessons of her life. The Mr. Mandela we meet in these pages is a man who refused to be defined by his past, who forgave and respected all, but who was also frank, teasing, and direct. As he renewed his country, he also freed La Grange from a closed world of fear and mistrust, giving her life true meaning"
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, [2014]
ISBN: 9780525428282
Branch Call Number: 968.065092 L1379G 2014
Characteristics: xiv, 368 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Good morning, Mister Mandela


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Nov 15, 2016

After reading Nelson Mandela's biography, "Long Walk to Freedom", many years ago, I was interested to get a very different perspective on this world famous national leader. I was not disappointed although the author warned, in the introduction, that it was not a "tell all" memoir of "Madiba". The author was too repetitiously self-deprecating which added many pages to the text. A basic map of South Africa shows the places named in this memoir; but it lacks an index that would have been helpful to keep track of persons named. For the first three-quarters of this memoir, the author refers to Nelson Mandela's wife as "Mrs. Machel" rather than "Graça" which suggests a lack of affection between these women (see p. 264). It is a tell-all account of the Mandela-family's machinations following the patriarch's death.

Mar 21, 2015

It gave me the reader an intimate side of the life of Mandela while in office and made me admire him all the more. I enjoyed the book very much

Dec 27, 2014

This was not a well written book. however, it was absolutely fascinating. It is the kind of book full of Matibaisms, lines you want to remember for ever. The book held my attention, I had to read was incredibly sad but i want a followup.....


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Nov 12, 2016

"[In late 2000 Australian Prime Minister Howard and Nelson Mandela] debated the Aborigines' issues and Madiba was under pressure to speak out against the [Australian] government for the treatment of the Aborigines. Madiba maintained what he had said for a long time - that he would listen to the grievances of people but that he would not interfere in the domestic affairs of another country." (p. 164)


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