UPDATE: Read this PBS interview with South Africa's Justice Minister, Coetsee, who set in motion the talks with Mandela while in prison, met personally with him, and came to respect his character, more than just "a kindly old guy" as I wrote above.
UPDATE: A book draft Mandela wrote while in prison can be read on line. This story points out he was an active member of the South African Communist Party and certain views he held were erased from the later book, The Long Walk.
Below, a nice picture upon Mandela's 1990 release from prison, found at the National Post. The smiling Winnie okayed the killing of political opponents with a burning tire necklace, liked vengeance and went in for communism. (Coetsee reports that Mandela's release was behind schedule because Winnie was at the hairdressers.)
Moderate and more appropriate encomiums upon his career (reproduced below) can be found here at Instapundit and again here, also at Instapundit. (My education points to "encomia" but my heart to "encomiums".