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WRE Book Club – November 2020



Amidst the Nigerian youth revolt in October 2020, Congo and Uganda crisis and the just concluded United States presidential election, it is most important that we understand the affairs of state and ruling power from key people who have basked in the affairs themselves.


This month’s book list digs deep into the lives of former presidents, their thoughts on governance and their fight for justice and freedom.


A Promised Land – Barack Obama

A Promised Land is extraordinarily intimate and introspective—the story of one man’s bet with history, the faith of a community organizer tested on the world stage.


Obama is candid about the balancing act of running for office as a Black American, bearing the expectations of a generation buoyed by messages of “hope and change,” and meeting the moral challenges of high-stakes decision-making.




My Transition Hours – Goodluck Ebele Jonathan

In March 2015, President Goodluck Ebele

Jonathan made one of those courageous and insightful decisions when he stepped forward to acknowledge he had lost his re-election bid.


Through that single stroke, President Jonathan raised the bar on officeholders in his country and across Africa.


This publication is a compilation of President Goodluck Jonathan’s leadership prowess at the helm. It is also a vivid testimony of yet another real-life lesson to officeholders across this continent of budding democracies-there is life after the state-house.



A Nation of Immigrants – John F. Kennedy

Throughout his presidency, John F. Kennedy was passionate about the issue of immigration reform. He believed that America is a nation of people who value both tradition and the exploration of new frontiers, people who deserve the freedom to build better lives for themselves in their adopted homeland.


This modern edition of his posthumously published, timeless work—with an introduction by Senator Edward M. Kennedy and a foreword by Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League—offers the late president’s inspiring suggestions for immigration policy and presents a chronology of the main events in the history of immigration in America.



Long Walk to Freedom – Nelson Mandela

The famously taciturn South African president reveals much of himself in Long Walk to Freedom.


A good deal of this autobiography was written secretly while Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years on Robben Island by South Africa’s apartheid regime.


Among the book’s interesting revelations is Mandela’s ambivalence toward his lifetime of devotion to public works. It cost him two marriages and kept him distant from a family life he might otherwise have cherished.


Long Walk to Freedom also discloses a strong and generous spirit that refused to be broken under the most trying circumstances–a spirit in which just about everybody can find something to admire.


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