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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (November 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451675399
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451675399
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #646,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A stirring collection of quotes from the Nobel Peace Prize winner. The quotes are inspirational and moving, regardless of any prior knowledge. The full script of Mandela's Nobel acceptance speech from 1993 rounds out this brief yet important look into the mind of a man determined to break apartheid regardless of the personal cost. (Kirkus)

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Nelson Mandela was born in Transkei, South Africa on 18 July 1918. He joined the African National Congress in 1944 and was engaged in resistance against the ruling National Party’s apartheid policies for many years before being arrested in August 1962. Mandela was incarcerated for more than twenty-seven years, during which his reputation as a potent symbol of resistance to the anti-apartheid movement grew steadily. Released from prison in 1990, Mandela won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and was inaugurated as the first democratically elected president of South Africa in 1994. He is the author of the international bestseller Long Walk to Freedom.

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Will uplift your spirits.
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After reading the book I am glad to be aware there are people in the world who can overcome so much and turn out to be even better.
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This is a great collection of Nelson Mandela's speech and quotes.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By verleatha hill on January 11, 2013
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Thought provoking and inspiring. Will uplift your spirits. Would recommend this book for ages from 10 and up. Great Purchase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karl - Tiny Thought Guy on December 27, 2014
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This book, “Notes to the Future” is an authoritative collection of Nelson Mandela’s ‘most inspiring and historically important quotations.’ The reader is provided with wisdom and insights derived from Nelson Mandela’s public speeches, interviews and even his personal letters to friends and family. The quotes are dated from the time before his incarceration, up until the start of the new millennium, and they are arranged into four central themes: “Struggle”; “Victory”; “Wisdom”; “Future”; with these themes then being broken down into categories/sub-themes - generally consisting of between two and seven quotes.

While it would impractical to list all of the profound insights that the reader will find in “Notes to the Future”, a few of them are:

“ Our differences are our strength as a species and as a world community.”

“We should never forget those on whose shoulders we stand and those who paid the supreme price for freedom.”

“It is in the character of growth that we should learn from both pleasant and unpleasant experiences.”

“It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.”

“No single person, no body of opinion, no political doctrine, no religious doctrine can claim a monopoly on truth.”

In addition to these specific quotes, “Notes to the Future” contains another 300+ quotes, all dated and sourced.
The final few pages of the book are dedicated to Nelson Mandela’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech in 1993 and, just so that the reader is aware, Nelson Mandela’s biographical information is limited to the information gleaned from the quotes themselves and the brief introduction by Desmond Tutu.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn Schneider on January 6, 2014
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I never paid too much attention to Mr. Mandela before he died. After reading the book I am glad to be aware there are people in the world who can overcome so much and turn out to be even better. Wish there were more like him in the world and with this book we can aspire to his level.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vicky Bolen OHara on January 1, 2014
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I ofter wonder what makes a person so insightful. Nelson Mandela had a lot of time to think in prison, so I imagine that his thoughts were sometimes futuristic. The man will be an icon for many, many years to come.
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By Love Amazon on March 11, 2014
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What's better than to hear Nelson Mandela's own words and thoughts. I think this should be included in US Studies in our school system.
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This is a great collection of Nelson Mandela's speech and quotes. Inspiring book and should be part of everyone's library.
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More About the Author

Nelson Mandela was born in Transkei, South Africa, on 18 July 1918. He joined the African National Congress in 1944 and was engaged in resistance against the ruling National Party's apartheid policies after 1948 before being arrested in August 1962. In November 1962 he was sentenced to five years in prison and started serving his sentence at Robben Island Prison in 1963 before being returned to Pretoria, where he was to later stand in the Rivonia Trial. From 1964 to 1982, he was again incarcerated at Robben Island Prison and then later moved to Pollsmoor Prison, during which his reputation as a potent symbol of resistance to the anti-apartheid movement grew steadily.

Released from prison in 1990, Mandela won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and was inaugurated as the first democratically elected president of South Africa in 1994. He is the author of the international bestsellers Long Walk to Freedom and Conversations with Myself.

© Nelson R. Mandela and the Nelson Mandela Foundation / PQ Blackwell Ltd

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