Empathy and Humanity Were What Made Nelson Mandela Great

I was there in the days leading up to the 1994 elections, when die-hard racists were planting bombs and threatening a race war. South Africa was on the brink of civil war. Mandela saved it.

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When Nelson Mandela was released from prison in 1990, South Africa was a catastrophe waiting to happen. Had Nelson been anything but Mandela – anything but that exquisitely modulated blend of common sense,...