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  • Hardcover: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown (1 Mar. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316855006
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316855006
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 5.5 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (455 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 450,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. --Amazon.com --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A tale of anger and sorrow, love and joy, grace and elegance (DAILY NEWS)

Indispensable ... [a] unique life-story (Anthony Sampson)

A truly stunning account of his extraordinary life ... A vivid testimony to an unusual mixture of courage, persistence, tolerance, and forgiveness (Sir David Steel)

One of the most life- affirming books you'll read (GQ)

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71 of 71 people found the following review helpful By somevietnameseguy on 3 Jun. 2007
Format: Paperback
This book has over 800 pages and even its own index, but don't let that scare you off. It is far from being a boring historical report on the events surrounding his life. If you want to know what he did, go to an encyclopedia and read such a historical report. If you want to know Nelson Mandela, to know his way of thinking, to feel every emotion as he feels it, to really get a picture of the pain he and the oppressed felt, read this book.

As the book progresses, the development of Mandela's character and his way of thinking is made apparent to the reader. Every emotion that Mandela feels is shared with the reader in a deeper way than in most autobiographies, as alongside his personal struggles, there is the struggle for freedom that can incite strong feelings of injustice and sympathy in anyone. This is definately an emotionally and politically heavy book, but there are several moments of light-heartedness where Mandela expresses certain past events with an irony or humour. As he looks back on certain bad experiences, he can laugh about it.

This is a man that everyone should learn about, and this is certainly the book to read in order to do so.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Laurence Dann on 6 Dec. 2013
Format: Paperback
I recall vividly the Christmas eve, sitting under the shade of farmhouse
trees near Sea View, in the Eastern Cape of South Africa when I read this
tomb of a book a few years ago. Instead of later going inside to prepare a
festive meal, I continued reading, riveted to the very end.

Having grown up in South Africa, many of the events, names and faces mentioned
in the book were a summary of the history of my own surroundings. The book not
only shocked and interested me, but left me with an overwhelming debt of gratitude
for the bravery and risks Nelson Mandela took (and many others around him) for the
benefit of others. He taught not only his nation, but the world to be forgiving and
fearless. To use our hearts and minds to ensure society is just, free and fair.

How Nelson Mandela managed to keep his own organisation functioning purposefully in a
sensible direction, when so many where oppressed, harmed and disadvantaged is a
leadership conundrum I will struggle to resolve. His charisma and dedication to the cause
will have him immortalised and his fans loyal for generations.

The book takes the reader from his humble, yet important roots from a rural childhood,
to his early days in Johannesburg and then on to become a Freedom Fighter. On the run
as the Black Pimpernel, the Rivonia Trials, the Dark Years on Robben Island and then
Talking with the enemy were the most interesting sections of the book for me.

Reading the book in one lengthy sitting exhausted me emotionally. The enormity of
Madiba's gift to all of us is huge. Man's inhumanity to man, where wonderful people
were discriminated against is hard to fathom.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Scully Bloke VINE VOICE on 5 Mar. 2008
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This is an excellent audio CD. Read by Danny Glover its tells the story of Nelson Mandella in Nelson's own words.

Starting from the very humble beginnings its tells of Nelsons journey from his tribal start through his joining the ANC, his reasoning into why he started a small army set upon sabotage, his arrest, trial and release.

What comes to front of your mind is Nelsons unbelievable belief in what he is doing. He has a vision in mind for how he wants South Africa to be and nothing can shake this. All of his actions are taken in alignment with this belief. As he has, he is willing to give his life for his people and he is willing also to die for his people.

The story has many fascinating inside some personal such as his family life and marriages, and some quite deep insight into how a man becomes a leader.

The only downside to this audio CD for me , was the sometimes monotonous and uninspiring voice of Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon) a strange choice for such an inspiring speaker, and the difficulties I particular had with the pronunciation of South African names and places.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. J. Ruddell on 18 July 2005
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
What a read! I like many people of my age (50's) had heard about N.M. thoughout my life. Whilst he was a man I greatly admired, I knew little about his early life and felt I wanted to know why such a good man felt the need to turn to violence. A useful insight in todays world. I started the book wanting to know more about him but was a little daunted by the books length and feared it would be 'heavy going'. How wrong I was, I can honestly say it is one of the best books I have ever read. Factually compelling and at the same time so easy to read. I still have 80 pages to go and I am reading them very slowly just because I don't want this book to end. Buy it....it is the story of a really remarkable man.
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114 of 121 people found the following review helpful By C. Ferranti-Donavellas on 22 July 2006
Format: Paperback
I will admit that as a twenty year oldguy i have not really read a whole book in my entire life..with other media like television stealing my mind, books have not really appealed to me. I dont know why i bought this book, but i can tell you that from the first page i becam glued!!! I read it at every oppurtunity i had from when i had breaks at work...to when i was goin to sleep. This book has a hook in every chapter that makes you want to read on. My friends and I knew nothing of Nelson Mandela ebfore i read this book, apart from this image that he was a hero. I now understand why, and idolise this man who dedicated his life to give the people of South Africa the right to live. This book covers everything from his early childhood, through to the ANC, His imprisonment at Robben Island...right up to the freedom that he achieved. I am not a professinal crtic, and i have no real great words in my mind that could the describe this book to its fullest...so all i will say is its AMAZING, and that if you havent read this book...do...it will make you think twice about the world we live in and understand the goodwill in people throughout this world...my next task is to read up on Winnie Mandela..who would of thought i would become a book freak!!! ;-)
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