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Nelson Mandela
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is well worth of my shelf space. July 4 2004
Format:Paperback
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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3.0 out of 5 stars The Struggle of One Man Can Change a Nation May 29 2003
Format:Paperback
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
Format:Paperback
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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4.0 out of 5 stars THE DETERMINATION OF ONE MAN- A MUST READ! May 6 2004
Format:Paperback
After reading LONG WALK TO FREEDOM, I came away with a sense of awe for a man who spent 27 years in prison but never gave up the hope for his freedom and the freedom of his country.

Communicating was key to keeping the "freedom fighters" on the outside informed and encouraged. One way this was done was to write in tiny, coded script on toilet paper. The paper was so small and easily hidden that this became a popular way of smuggling out messages. When the authorities discovered a number of these communications, they took the extraordinary measure of rationing toilet paper. After awhile, only eight squares of toilet paper were given to each prisoner each day.
To live under such conditions where you can be so isolated from the world (For 27 years), that you contemplate conversing with a cockroach, is a test of the human spirit. To sacrifice the obligations of family so that a nation of people can breath in freedom is nothing short of courageous with a fiercely determined spirit. Here is what Nelson Mandela writes about in his struggle for family and nation:
I did not in the beginning choose to place my people above my family, but in attempting to serve my people, I found I was prevented from fulfilling my obligations as a son, a brother, a father, and a husband.
In that way, my commitment to my people, to the millions of South Africans I would never know or meet, was at the expense of the people I knew best and loved most. It was as simple and yet as incomprehensible as the moment a small child asks her father, "Why can you not be with us?" And the father must utter the terrible words: "There are other children like you, a great many of them....." and then one's voice trails off.
Nelson Mandela is a man that has a spirit and determination that is above and beyond most people or leaders today. READ THE BOOK!! It will open your eyes and in the end, it'll make you feel good about the human spirit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Long Walk to Freedom June 9 2003
By Kosovar
Format:Paperback
'Long walk to freedom' is a book that doesn't take you long to read it. It's one of the most interesting autobiographies you ever got to read. It's definitely written beautifully and it is so vivid and enjoyable. What makes this person so adorable and a hero is the way he tackled the most difficult situations with ease, even in his book he didn't make such a big fuss about his
sufferings and tough times he had to go through.
This book includes 10 parts, and the eleven-th one is the part of FREEDOM.
A country childhood - in which he recalls his childhood days so vividly.
Johannesburg - he runs away from regend (foster parent) after he arranges a marriage for him with a girl who was in love with the regend's son.
Birth of a freedom fighter - his liberation struggles begin here...
and so on...
A remarkable book - from which not that I have seen one man's struggles for FREEDOM, but also learned a lot of things - that are most useful in everyday 'civilised' world!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The book is what I expected.
Published 7 days ago by Bruno Lair
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful autobiography by a truly remarkable man!
Published 12 days ago by Irene Carroll
5.0 out of 5 stars What an amazing good. My only regret is that I didn't ...
What an amazing good. My only regret is that I didn't read it sooner. Very inspiring book; Mandela's words will remain with me forever.
Published 1 month ago by Diana N.M
5.0 out of 5 stars A stirring account!
A story you couldn't have dreamed up. Mandela reveals tremendous insight as to the nature of his own metamorphosis from young idealist to proud freedom fighter to sophisticated... Read more
Published 2 months ago by ReadyEntrepreneur
5.0 out of 5 stars If you learned anything from school about Nelson Mandela, it's mostly...
I decided to get this book because he died recently and I wanted to know more about the person who went to prison for 27 years. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mikerah
1.0 out of 5 stars The Hardcover version is ABRIDGED!
My wife bought this book for me from Amazon. Sadly, this hardcover version is an ABRIDGED version of Nelson Mandela's wonderful book. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Cameron Pallett
5.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable read
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... Read more
Published 5 months ago by D James
4.0 out of 5 stars This book
I am just starting reading about Mandela. He was a wonderful but humble man. Should be more like him. Excellent
Published 5 months ago by C. Coombs
4.0 out of 5 stars Long walk to Freedom
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.
Published 6 months ago by katzi
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 6 months ago by James E Morris
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