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Nelson Mandela, remembered through his books
Nelson Mandela, remembered through his books

Nelson Mandela, who died at 95 on Thursday after a long illness, was among the transformative figures of the 20th century. A moral leader who became a political leader, a prisoner of conscience turned secular saint, he also elegantly shaped and detailed his own story in the 1995 autobiography "Long Walk to Freedom," as well as in a 2011 compendium of his letters, interviews and other writings, "Conversations with Myself." I once saw Mandela — at a ticker tape parade in his honor in 1990. It was a festive day, deep into those heady first months after his release from South Africa’s Victor Verster Prison, and with a friend from college I walked down to lower...

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