Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiograpy of Nelson Mandela with Connections Hardcover – Sep 22 2000
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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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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I'm also into history and he has contributed a lot to history itself.
I love this book because I couldn't put it down. It was inspiring and taught me a lot not only about him but about the history of South Africa and surprisingly my self. When you read biographies of people you admire, you tend to reflect on yourself and what you can do to become a more successful person in your life.
The few things I didn't like about the book is the format and a pronunciation guide. Its a thick book but if they put like the Steve Jobs biography, it would be easier to walk around with. I would have liked to have a pronunciation guide simply because when I read, I like to put myself in the book and in this book I didn't know how to pronounce a lot of names.
I also learned that a lot of things that I learned in school were wrong such as he went to prison for 26 or 28 years and that he was a pacifist. There's a difference between being a pacifist and being non-violent. Read the book because I recommend it to anyone who wants to learn about this difference, South Africa and the man himself.
Leadership breakthroughs are few and far between. They are even rarer in the political arena. Although I had closely followed the path to an integrated democracy in South Africa (and worked hard on the anti-apartheid sanctions and boycotts), much of Nelson Mandela's struggle was hidden to me at the time. Only after the reconciliation had gone on for a number of years did it become apart how remarkable this man's contribution has been.
Recently, I read Playing the Enemy which described some of the nuances in how Mandela conceived of creating a peaceful transition through an unauthorized sole negotiation from a prison cell. Those stories impressed me even more. Now, I had to read the autobiography. And I'm glad I did.
Let me warn you, however, that Nelson Mandela is so self-effacing that the real story of what he accomplished and how he did it doesn't fully come through in the autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom. I recommend that you read Playing The Enemy first.
What the autobiography will do is show the cultural and social backgrounds of the struggle and how critical it was that Mandela be a man of honor, principle, and loyalty. He was a leader for the whole nation even when many people didn't want him to be in the nation. It's a remarkable way to be, a way that few people can accomplish.
The apartheid system was as vile a way to treat citizens as anything that has come along since Germany in the 1930s. It's hard to imagine that it arose after World War II and was so difficult to break.
The treatment of the African National Congress's leaders will appall you. Their grace will delight you.
May every nation have a Nelson Mandela to lead it!
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Fantastic book, breathtaking and eye opening. He is a hero.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
outstanding, fascinating and highly inspirational. While some leaders bring shame to humanity, at least this one bring dignity and pride. It's a must!Published 4 months ago by Nanou
I read this book more because I wanted to see what the life of Nelson Mandela was like. The first part of the book I found very boring as it was about his childhood and not about... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sean Talbot
The book wasn't in the best condition... Wrinkled cover, binding bent and everything. Definitely something I could have found at a library! Read morePublished 9 months ago by Zoe Mathias
Have not finished yet but today is the first year anniversary of his death. Great man great read.Published 14 months ago by William Battersby
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