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Nelson Mandela
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Oct. 1 1995
The book that inspired the major new motion picture Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

Nelson Mandela is one of the great moral and political leaders of our time: an international hero whose lifelong dedication to the fight against racial oppression in South Africa won him the Nobel Peace Prize and the presidency of his country. Since his triumphant release in 1990 from more than a quarter-century of imprisonment, Mandela has been at the center of the most compelling and inspiring political drama in the world. As president of the African National Congress and head of South Africa's antiapartheid movement, he was instrumental in moving the nation toward multiracial government and majority rule. He is revered everywhere as a vital force in the fight for human rights and racial equality.

LONG WALK TO FREEDOM is his moving and exhilarating autobiography, destined to take its place among the finest memoirs of history's greatest figures. Here for the first time, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela tells the extraordinary story of his life--an epic of struggle, setback, renewed hope, and ultimate triumph.

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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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Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and the first democratically elected president of South Africa, Mandela began his autobiography during the course of his 27 years in prison.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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APART FROM LIFE, a strong constitution, and an abiding connection to the Thembu royal house, the only thing my father bestowed upon me at birth was a name, Rolihlahla. Read the first page
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is well worth of my shelf space. July 4 2004
You should read, at least, a book or two about biographies of such noble people as Nelson Mandela, whose lives have been a blessing to the world. This was a great inspirational book and helped me to realize how simple and small things in life could bring so much joy into one's life. Far too often, I personally take simple pleasures of life for granted. The freedom is not free and the book cites how the freedom is brought at the expense of sacrifices of our fathers. The book is very well written and what impresses me is Nelson Mandela's mastery of English language.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Struggle of One Man Can Change a Nation May 29 2003
Long Walk to Freedom is an experience to be remembered. Although the book is an autobiography, the details are exquisite. It is apparent that Mandela wrote this book not to boast over a life of fame or fortune, but to guide us through a lifetime struggle filled of humiliation and pride, success and defeat. Throughout Mandela's journey, we learn insight into Mandela's thoughts, and the long walk he took to overcome the odds. Although his struggle was not easy, Mandela never quit, and for that he is a man to be commended by millions. Perhaps, Mandela wrote this book to teach us all a lesson in the true merit of human heart, "No one is born hating another person because of the color of their skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite." (622) Though the book is long, and at times tedious, it is filled with a variety of storylines that keeps the reader intrigued. Between the fight to keep his family alive and well, Mandela also battles the South African government, other political organizations, oppressors of freedom, and the South African court of law. In doing this, Mandela shows how a man's life is not only a complex event, but also a road with many paths. He also shows us how one man's paths can cross and change the course of history, and the oppression of a nation. This book is bound to keep readers captivated, as it involves more than one element of Mandela's life. No matter your name, your age, or the color of your skin, Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela is a book that will guide you through a struggle that we all are fighting for; the struggle against discrimination.
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5.0 out of 5 stars INSPIRING!! Jan. 20 2012
This book was incredibly inspiring. It is the kind of book that you never want to put down. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone, because I think each one of us can learn something from Nelson Mandela's thought provoking life story. Happy reading!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential July 11 2011
This should be required reading. I won't repeat what others have already said, I'll only join them by encouraging you to read this memoir by THE man of the 20th century, in my opinion.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The Hardcover version is ABRIDGED! March 25 2014
My wife bought this book for me from Amazon. Sadly, this hardcover version is an ABRIDGED version of Nelson Mandela's wonderful book. From comparison with our local library's complete version, it appears as though it was abridged by a South African Boer as most of the descriptive passages detailing the shameful treatment of Africans in South Africa did not find their way into this particular hardcover edition. If you believe in revisionist history, especially from a white South African perspective, then this is the edition for you. If you are looking for the truth you will have to look elsewhere for a complete copy of Mr. Mandela's autobiography.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable read March 16 2014
By D James
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This is a remarkably humble writing of the life of one of the giants of the 20th and 21st century. The message of tolerance and looking forward in peace rather than violence for past injustices, as hideous as they were, is as compelling as any leader in history. His message is written with the grace and determination that characterizes his accomplishments.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This book March 10 2014
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I am just starting reading about Mandela. He was a wonderful but humble man. Should be more like him. Excellent
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4.0 out of 5 stars Long walk to Freedom March 2 2014
By katzi TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Purchased for a friend. it is attractively designed - priced to sell - arrived promptly - would recommend to others to gleen history from his point of view.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This book is so well written and has so much information. So glad I read it, had a ton of respect for Nelson Mandela before I read this book and have a ton more after reading it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by James E Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Anyone who would like more info on Mandela this is the book.
Well written easy to read and very visual. Recommend to everyone.
Published 2 months ago by Lillian Cummings
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
A well written book about a great man, his dreams, hopes and tenacity; his struggles for the country he loved.
Published 2 months ago by Lynne Marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating!
A very interestingly written autobiography captures the attention of the reader. It mixes many cultural facts and details, along with South African political and international... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gladys Lundy
5.0 out of 5 stars Page turner
Liked the movie, but will cherish the greater details in this book about Nelson Mandela's humility, wisdom and awesome journey with many others through hardships and strengths... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Glenice
5.0 out of 5 stars Adios, Madiba
The story of a great icon told in a very natural voice, spelling out his simple life growing up, the values that gave him the formidable foundation upon which he built his... Read more
Published 4 months ago by John T C
5.0 out of 5 stars A "Must Read"
A detailed telling of a struggle for equality - dreamed, lived and realized, thanks to the skill, determination and humanity of one man - Nelson Mandela.
Published 5 months ago by Brian Hobbs
4.0 out of 5 stars A Life well lived.
What a life....all for the ideal of freedom. But regrets++ re the loss of any family life.
An amazing man with an amazing spirit!
Published 6 months ago by Lewispat
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
A definite must-read for anyone interested in learning more about the great man, and a model on how to perservere through tough times. Read more
Published 8 months ago by NPatel
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