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5.0 out of 5 stars This should be taught in every school, 29 Aug 2005
This review is from: Long Walk To Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela (Paperback)
I'm not normally one for autobiography, but this book goes beyond autobiography - it is, in short, a history book, told by a man who lived through, and eventually made history, during one of the most incredible periods of the last century. It is also one of the most amazing stories you'll ever read.
It is one thing to be aware of the existence of apartheid; it is quite another to know and understand its history. Schools generally don't teach histories like this, and that's a terrible shame, because these stories are hugely relevant and useful to our political awareness today.
It is unbelievable, for example, to think that as recently as 1993, black people were not allowed to vote in South Africa. But it is equally amazing to read how a whole political system can be changed - how a government can effectively negotiate itself out of power, when it knows it can no longer sustain an unfair system.
Twinned with this political history is the forgiveness, wisdom, humility and understanding of a man who stands as a true example of what it costs to stand up for your beliefs. Truly inspiring.
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