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Tweets from the Launch of Nelson Mandela by Himself

Nelson Mandela By HimselfNelson Mandela by Himself, a book of more than 2 000 quotations by South Africa’s first democratic president, was launched last night at a closed event. However, a Twitter-savvy public could follow the proceedings live by tuning into the hashtag NelsonbyHimself.

Guest speakers such as Verne Harris of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, actress Hlubi Mboya, and Parliamentary Councillor to the President Ahmed Kathrada, took to the podium to speak about Madiba’s life and the wisdom (and humour!) embedded in his quotes.

For more information on the book, read Donna Bryson’s interview with editors Sello Hatang and Sahm Venter:

A new Nelson Mandela book, slim, bound in black and set in eye-straining type, looks a bit like a bible or a prayer book.

That’s fitting, because the editors of “Nelson Mandela By Himself” brought something close to religious zeal to the task of choosing and checking more than 2,000 quotations to ensure the world gets the anti-apartheid icon’s words right. The book was released Monday — days after U.S. first lady Michelle Obama got an advance copy signed by Mandela when she met him during a visit to South Africa.

Some tweets from the launch:





Coffee Barista’s at the launch! #NelsonbyHimself hope they know we setting them up at the office! http://yfrog.com/gydyehujless than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply



Thank you’s to all involved in this project from Verne Harris #NelsonbyHimselfless than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply



#NelsonbyHimself @hlubimboya is only talking in quotes from Nelson Mandela by Himself…less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


#NelsonbyHimself “our generation wears the scars of apartheid like badges” – Cheryl Caroliusless than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply




#NelsonbyHimself Achmed Kathrada urges us to read Nelson Mandela by Himself by @NelsonMandelaless than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply



#NelsonbyHimself here is a pic of the book! Go out and get it,be inspired to celebrate your freedom http://yfrog.com/kgclbusjless than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

Also read Jenna Etheridge’s coverage of the launch in the Mail & Guardian:

He was a man who moved a nation with his words. And through his words he helped a nation move towards democracy.

For many years, the quotes of former president Nelson Mandela could not be uttered in South Africa for fear of a criminal record or a prison sentence.

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  • <a href="http://bookslive.co.za" rel="nofollow">Carolyn</a>
    Carolyn
    June 28th, 2011 @10:46 #
     
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    The post has been modified to include Jenna Etheridge’s coverage of the launch, which appeared in the Mail & Guardian.

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  • <a href="http://margieorford.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Margie</a>
    Margie
    June 28th, 2011 @10:57 #
     
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    Surely there were enough 'Mandela' books ten books ago? I find this endless creation of and then milking of a "brand" a little sickening. Like Chicken Soup for the Lost Revolutionary Souls. Enough. Please. It smacks of McMandela

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  • <a href="http://kelwynsole.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Kelwyn Sole</a>
    Kelwyn Sole
    June 28th, 2011 @12:02 #
     
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    It's no reflection on Mandela to say that he seems to have be no longer being seen as a man, but as an abstract positive quality against which the moral scrubbiness of a lot of contemporary political etc activity is being measured. Personally, I think this is a huge disservice to a great man.

    And why have we - especially we of the anti-apartheid left inside the country - bought, without murmur, into a discourse of 'icons' and 'heroes' and 'great men/women of history'? When the talking heads start using the word 'hero' every second word, it's a little scary...it bodes nobody any good.

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  • <a href="http://margieorford.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Margie</a>
    Margie
    June 28th, 2011 @12:30 #
     
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    It makes me uncomfortable - the branding of ethics. as if it is a menu one chooses from - I guess though, South Africa could do with a bit of super-sizing on the moral front. I find all these books distasteful, though, there was a flurry of them last year. Are we heading for another birthday? must be that.

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  • <a href="http://kelwynsole.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Kelwyn Sole</a>
    Kelwyn Sole
    June 28th, 2011 @13:19 #
     
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    From a poem by Hans Magnus Enzensberger on the anarchist leader Bakunin, entitled 'M. A. B. (1814-1876)':

    Because you, in short, are inept, Bakunin, because you won't wash
    as a decal a redeemer a bureaucrat a church father
    a rightist or leftist cop - Bakunin, come back, come back.

    ... Europe still reeks of police. Therefore, and because never and nowhere,
    Bakunin, has there ever been, will there ever be, a Bakunin monument,
    Bakunin, I ask you: come back, come back, come back.

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