A compact, profoundly inspiring book that captures the spirit of Nelson Mandela, distilling the South African leader’s wisdom into 15 life lessons.
We long for heroes and have too few. Nelson Mandela, who died in 2013 at the age of ninety-five, is the closest thing the world has to a secular saint. He liberated a country from a system of violent prejudice and helped unite oppressor and oppr
essed in a way that had never been done before.
You’re Too Kind: A Brief History of Flattery
The history of flattery – and why it’s an art form well worth studying. Ranging from the Pyramids of Ancient Egypt, an outrageous form of physical self-flattery to the publication of “How To Win Friends and Influence People”. It looks at flattery during the Renaissance and President Clinton on the opening day of his impeachment inquiry: “I trust the American people. They almost always get it right”.
Long Walk to Freedom
The definitive autobiography of Nelson Mandela. Mandela is one of the great moral and political leaders of our time: an international hero whose lifelong dedication to the fight against racial oppression in South Africa won him the Nobel Peace Prize and the presidency of his country. Since his triumphant release in 1990 from more than a quarter-century of imprisonment, Mandela has been at the center of the most compelling and inspiring political drama in the world. As president of the African National Congress and head of South Africa’s anti-apartheid movement, he was instrumental in moving the nation toward multiracial government and majority rule. He is revered everywhere as a vital force in the fight for human rights and racial equality.
Richard Stengel, now the editor of Time, journeyed to South Africa in the late 1980s to chronicle life under apartheid. He ended up spending months in a small rural town where the white authorities were attempting to forcibly remove a black township. He tells this moving story through the lives of three families—one white, one black, one Indian—over the course of a single day for each of them. The private lives of each family reveal what it was like to live in a society where everyone is judged by the color of his or her skin. Stengel reveals the hopes and dreams of each of these families, and their resilient optimism about the future.
TIME: The Constitution
The message and meaning of the Constitution have been debated continuously since the day it was signed, though rarely in its 226-year history has the debate reached such a fever-pitch, nor has it held such wide-ranging ramifications for so many Americans. There are those who believe in an almost literal interpretation of the Constitution and that the Federal Government should be held within its confines and then there are those who believe that it has elasticity and that the framers meant for it to grow as the nation did. With issues including gun control, same-sex marriage, limits on abortion, immigration and many more at the fore coupled with one of the most consequential presidential elections in our history, the Constitution and its future have never been more relevant.
Now, the editors of Time bring the founding document to life in The Constitution: The Essential User’s Guide, a probing and accessible book that illustrates how it was written in the spirit of change, revolution and turbulence. With contributions from some of the top legal and political minds of today, and the full text of the 8,000-word document annotated to show its most controversial passages and little-known quirks, Time’s compact volume will be an indispensable guide to understanding the framework of our nation for well-informed citizen.