According to the press release from FSG, the book will draw on “Journals kept on the run during the anti-apartheid struggle of the early 1960s; diaries and draft letters written in Robben Island Prison and other South African prisons during his twenty-seven years of incarceration; notebooks from the post-apartheid transition; private recorded conversations; speeches and correspondence written during his presidency.”
Madela’s unpublished diaries were the talk of the Stadt at the Frankfurt Book Fair last year, when FSG bought the U.S. rights. A foreword by the president only magnifies the anticipation. Mandela’s 1994 autobiography Long Walk to Freedom has sold 6 million copies worldwide. Obama hasn’t done too badly himself. Together, this book will be in every house in America.