Nelson Mandela: Reading Maketh a Man
Books that helped to shape a great man.
I am ashamed to admit that I have declared many a soul my mortal enemy for far less crimes than imprisonment. Yet after 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela was able to forgive his imprisoners. By his own admission he was a changed man after all that time - less aggressive and arrogant on his release. He attributed much of this change to the time he spent reading, not just the works of great authors, but also the biography of John Vorster and the works of CJ Langenhoven, so he could better understand and empathise with his oppressors. This collection contains the books he loved, books by people who admired him (gifts), and a few that give us insight into the life of this great man.
Books he read on Robben Island
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (a.k.a. The Robben Island Bible)Book / ByWilliam Shakespeare
The Grapes of WrathBook / ByJohn Steinbeck
"When I closed that book, I was a different man. It enriched my powers of thinking and discipline, and my relationships. I left prison more informed than when I went in. And the more informed you are, the less arrogant and aggressive you are." - Nelson Mandela. This quote is an excerpt from an interview with Oprah Winfrey .
Julius CaesarBook / ByWilliam Shakespeare
Cowards die many times before their deaths,
The valiant never taste of death but once.
Of all the wonders that I yet have heard,
It seems to me most strange that men should fear,
Seeing that death, a necessary end,
Will come when it will come.
You can read more about Mandela's fascination with this book in the article Nelson Mandela and the greatest book our species has produced by Daniel Hannan.
War and PeaceBook / ByLeo Tolstoy
Books inscribed to Nelson Mandela
Into the Past: A MemoirBook / ByPhillip Valentine Tobias
"For dear revered Nelson Mandela.
A little autobiographical token on the occasion of your 89th birthday!
With my felicitations and blessings.
And best wishes for strength and tolerable health in your 90th year.
And with my profound admiration. - Phillip V. Tobias (your fellow - 'Old Boy of Olivedale')"
Burger's DaughterBook / ByNadine Gordimer
"Dear Madiba, This book, banned then in our country was smuggled to you on Robben Island, where I knew you read it because George brought me a message from you which gave me great reward - you found my story did justice to the truth of our time. You most likely didn't bring the book back with you when you returned to us, and lived magnificently, untiringly leading the struggle, so I thought I'd like to replace the 'imprisoned' copy. In homage and with much love - Nadine"
MemoirsBook / ByDavid Rockefeller
The books about Nelson Mandela
Long Walk To FreedomBook / ByNelson Mandela
Long Walk to Freedom [Illustrated]Book / ByNelson Mandela, Chris Van Wyk, Paddy Bouma
Nelson Mandela's Favorite African FolktalesBook / ByNelson Mandela
Ukutya Kwasekhaya: Tastes from Nelson Mandela's KitchenBook / ByXoliswa Ndoyiya, Anna Trapido
What did Nelson Mandela enjoy eating? Like most people he favoured the food he ate as a boy. This is a collection of Nelson Mandela’s favourite recipes by his personal chef, Xoliswa Ndoyiya. He enjoyed South African staples; umngqusho (samp and beans) and tshaklaka (a spicy relish essential at braais), but also more conventional dishes like butternut soup and paella. While he encouraged his grandchildren to enjoy fruit for dessert, he was partial to pudding topped with ice cream or custard.