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Dare not linger : the presidential years

Author: Nelson Mandela; Mandla Langa
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017. ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First American editionView all editions and formats
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In 1994, Nelson Mandela became the first president of a democratic South Africa, committed to serving only a single five-year term. During his presidency, he and his government ensured that all of South Africa's citizens became equal before the law, and laid the foundation for turning a country riven by centuries of colonialism and apartheid into a fully functioning democracy. This volume draws on the memoir Mandela
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Nelson Mandela; Nelson Mandela
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nelson Mandela; Mandla Langa
ISBN: 9780374134716 0374134715
OCLC Number: 973801399
Description: xix, 358 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Contents: The challenge of freedom --
Negotiating democracy --
A free and fair election --
Getting into the union buildings --
National unity --
The presidency and the Constitution --
Parliament --
Traditional leadership and democracy --
Transformation of the state --
Reconciliation --
Social and economic transformation --
Negotiating the media --
On the African and world stages.
Responsibility: Nelson Mandela and Mandla Langa ; with a prologue by Graça Machel.

Abstract:

In 1994, Nelson Mandela became the first president of a democratic South Africa, committed to serving only a single five-year term. During his presidency, he and his government ensured that all of South Africa's citizens became equal before the law, and laid the foundation for turning a country riven by centuries of colonialism and apartheid into a fully functioning democracy. This volume draws on the memoir Mandela began as he prepared to leave office. Langa completed the unfinished draft, using detailed notes that Mandela made as events were unfolding.

"'I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended.'--Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom. In 1994, Nelson Mandela became the first president of a democratic South Africa. From the outset, he was committed to serving only a single five-year term. During his presidency, he and his government ensured that all of South Africa's citizens became equal before the law, and he laid the foundation for turning a country riven by centuries of colonialism and apartheid into a fully functioning democracy. Dare Not Linger is the story of Mandela's presidential years, drawing heavily on the memoir he began to write as he prepared to leave office, but was unable to finish. Now the acclaimed South African writer Mandla Langa has completed the task, using Mandela's unfinished draft, detailed notes that Mandela made as events were unfolding, and a wealth of unseen archival material. With a prologue by Mandela's widow, Graça Machel, the result is a vivid and often inspirational account of Mandela's presidency and the creation of a new democracy. It tells the story of a country in transition and the challenges Mandela faced as he strove to make his vision for a liberated South Africa a reality."--Dust jacket flap.

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