POSTED: Monday, October 11, 2010 - 2:08am
UPDATED: Monday, October 11, 2010 - 2:22am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Nelson Mandela failing classes, fussing over his children, fighting with his wife.
This is not the anti-apartheid icon of "Long Walk to Freedom," Mandela's 1995 autobiography. "Conversations with Myself," which goes on sale Tuesday in 22 countries and 20 languages from Catalan to Turkish, presents a more human Mandela, faults, frailties and all.
"Conversations" was compiled with the 92-year-old former South African president's blessing by a team of archivists, editors and collaborators who worked from decades of notes, letters, recorded conversations and other material.
In a foreword, U.S. President Barack Obama writes that Mandela, who largely retired from public life in 2004, is inspiring even if he is no saint.