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On February 11, 1990, Nelson Mandela was released after 27 long and tough years of imprisonment. Four years later he became president in the first democratic elections in South Africa. He is an universal referent venerated in the struggle for freedom, concord and equality. His fame often hide the man who was battling behind the myth. This book reveals the true nature of this man through his words.

An extraordinary oratory capacity and unremovable convictions were the decisive tools in its fight against apartheid and in the creation of an inclusive national project for all South Africans, whites and blacks. Mandela had an extensive training and built logical and solid arguments to combat an absurd regime and oppressive laws. He faced, irreparable and complete, fluttering the flags of equality and democracy. This is the essence of its universal and lasting popularity.

[Commitment, firmness and generosity.] “These three concepts and the close bond between them are, we think, the true and valuable legacy of Nelson Mandela” (from the introduction of Eduard Gargallo)

Henry Russell

Henry Russell is the author of about twenty books, including The Politics of Hope: The Words of Barack Obama. He has published in numerous newspapers and magazines, including Cosmopolitan, The New Statesman and The Literary Review.

Nelson Mandela

(1918-2013) Activist against apartheid in South Africa, he spent twenty-seven years in prison and became a universal symbol in favor of racial equality. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993, with President Frederik de Klerk. He was the first elected president in non-racial elections in South Africa (1994) and always promoted national reconciliation.