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Good Morning, Mr. Mandela: A Memoir

Good Morning, Mr. Mandela: A Memoir (Hardback)

By la Grange, Zelda

In Good Morning, Mr. Mandela, Zelda la Grange recounts her remarkable life at the right hand of the man we both knew and loved. It's a tribute to both of them--to Madiba's eye for talent and his capacity for trust and to Zelda's courage to take on a great challenge and her capaci...ty for growth. This story proves the power of making politics personal and is an important reminder of the lessons Madiba taught us all. --President Bill Clinton President Nelson Mandela's choice of the young Afrikaner typist Zelda la Grange as his most trusted aide embodied his commitment to reconciliation in South Africa. She repaid his trust with loyalty and integrity. I have the highest regard for her. --Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu A white Afrikaner, Zelda la Grange grew up in segregated South Africa, supporting the regime and the rules of apartheid. Her conservative family referred to the imprisoned Nelson Mandela as a terrorist. Yet just a few years after his release and the end of apartheid, she would be traveling the world by Mr. Mandela's side, having grown to respect and cherish the man she would come to call Khulu, or grandfather. Good Morning, Mr. Mandela tells the extraordinary story of how a young woman's life, beliefs, prejudices--everything she once believed--were utterly transformed by the man she had been taught was the enemy. It is the incredible journey of an awkward, terrified young secretary in her twenties who rose from a job in a government typing pool to become one of the president's most loyal and devoted associates. During his presidency she was one of his three private secretaries, and then became an aide-de-camp and spokesperson and managed his office in his retirement. Working and traveling by his side for almost two decades, La Grange found herself negotiating with celebrities and world leaders, all in the cause of supporting and caring for Mr. Mandela in his many roles. Here 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. I was fearful of so much twenty years ago--of life, of black people, of this black man and the future of South Africa--and I now was no longer persuaded or influenced by mainstream fears. He not only liberated the black man but the white man, too. This is a book about love and second chances that honors the lasting and inspiring gifts of one of the great men of our time. It offers a rare intimate portrait of Nelson Mandela and his remarkable life as well as moving proof of the power we all have to change.
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ISBN 9780525428282
Released NZ 24 Jun 2014
Publisher Viking
Format Hardback
Out of print

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ISBN-13 9780525428282
Stock Out of stock
Status Out of print
Publisher Viking
Imprint Viking Books
Released 24 Jun 2014
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By la Grange, Zelda
Category Biography & Autobiography: General
Biography & Autobiography: Historical, Political & Military
African History
Women's Studies
Black studies
Political Leaders & Leadership
Number of Pages 368 pp
Dimensions Width: 163mm
Height: 235mm
Spine: 33mm
Dewey Code 968.065092
Weight 626g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Mandela, Nelson, Presidents - South Africa, La Grange, Zelda, Secretaries - South Africa
NBS Text Autobiography: Historical, Political & Military
ONIX Text General/trade