Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela (Google eBook)

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Little, Brown, Mar 11, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 576 pages
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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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Very well written and easy to read. - Goodreads
The ending was not that conclusive. - Goodreads
Educational and inspirational. - Goodreads
This is an amazing depiction of an incredible life. - Goodreads
Really great insight into this legend. - Goodreads
The most humble writer who's work I've read. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Gerry - Goodreads

Put off reading because of size but knew while I was traveling in the country I needed to read it. Incredible story of the county history and the power of a dedicated individual. Even though the book is long the writing is clear and quick. Read full review

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User Review  - Rebekah Thornton - Goodreads

I understand how the world sees Nelson Mandela as a hero; I doubt the end of apartheid in Africa could have been achieved without him but my over-riding sensation whist reading this book was that he glossed over the violence perpetrated by the MK as part of the ANC. Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Nelson Mandela was born Rolihlahla Mandela on July 18, 1918 in Mvezo, South Africa. His teacher later named him Nelson as part of a custom to give all schoolchildren Christian names. He briefly attended University College of Fort Hare but was expelled after taking part in a protest with Oliver Tambo, with whom he later operated the nation's first black law firm. He eventually completed a bachelor's degree through correspondence courses and studied law at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. He left without graduating in 1948. Mandela was part of the African National Congress (ANC) and spent many years as a freedom fighter. When the South African government outlawed the ANC after the Sharpeville Massacre, he went underground to form a new military wing of the organization. In 1964, he was sentenced to life in prison for sabotage and conspiracy to overthrow the government. Instead of testifying at the trial, he opted to give a speech that was more than four hours long and ended with a defiant statement. While in prison, he received a bachelor's degree in law in absentia from the University of South Africa. In 1990, Mandela was released from prison after 27 years. He served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, and was the first South African president to be elected in a fully representative democratic election. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize with former South African President F.W. de Klerk in 1993 for transitioning the nation from a system of racial segregation. After leaving the presidency, Mandela retired from active politics, but continued championing causes such as human rights, world peace and the fight against AIDS. He died on November 5, 2013 at the age of 95.

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