Good Morning, Mr. MandelaBook - 2014
Good Morning, Mr. Mandela tells the extraordinary story of how a young womans life, beliefs, prejudiceseverything she once believedwere 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 presidents 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 hima 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 agoof life, of black people, of this black man and the future of South Africaand I now was no longer persuaded or influenced by mainstream fears. He not only liberated the black man but the white man, too..
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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 rene... Read More »
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"[In late 2000 Australian Prime Minister Howard and Nelson Mandela] debated the Aborigines' issues and Madiba was under pressure to speak out against the [Australian] government for the treatment of the Aborigines. Madiba maintained what he had said for a long time - that he would listen to the grievances of people but that he would not interfere in the domestic affairs of another country." (p. 164)
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