This is not a new subject for Mr. Stengel--in 1993 he and Mr. Mandela collaborated on Mr. Mandela's autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom. After they finished the book, Mr. Stengel writes in this week's Time piece, he "felt a terrible sense of withdrawal; it was like the sun going out of one's life."
What Mr. Stengel didn't say in his piece--and we're not suggesting he should have, this is just for transition purposes--is that he has started working on another Mandela book. We haven't been able to find out what the thrust of the book is exactly, but Mr. Stengel's literary agent Joy Harris sold it to Crown, where it will edited by Rachel Klayman. Crown will probably give more details later today.