Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela 1st Edition, Kindle Edition

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From Library Journal

This is an articulate, moving account of Mandela's life from his "country childhood" following his birth on July 18, 1918 to his inauguration as president of South Africa on May 10, 1994. Mandela traces the growth of his understanding of the oppression of the blacks of South Africa; his conviction that there was no alternative to armed struggle; his developing belief that all people, black and white, must be free for true freedom; and the effect that his commitment to overthrowing apartheid had on his family, who "paid a terrible price." Over a third of Mandela's memoir tells of his 27 years in prison, an account that could stand alone as a prison narrative. He ends his book with the conclusion that his "long walk" for freedom has just begun: "For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others." Highly recommended for all collections.
--Maidel Cason, Univ. of Delaware Lib., Newark
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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An engrossing tapestry of recent South African history that grips the reader from the first pages...Riveting and sometimes painfully honest.

-- "San Francisco Chronicle"

Enthralling....Mandela emulates the few great political leaders such as Lincoln and Gandhi, who go beyond mere consensus and move out ahead of their followers to break new ground.

-- "Sunday Times (London)"

Mandela's life was one of the epic stories of the twentieth century. This definitive memoir traces the arc of his life from a small village to his years as a revolutionary to his long imprisonment and ultimately his ascension to unifying president, leader, and global icon. Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand history-and then go out and change it.

-- "Barack Obama"

Narrator Michael Boatman has a gentle but insistent voice that suggests a certain grace and is well suited for the memoir of this worldwide symbol of persistence and justice...This is his story, told in his war, and we must take notice.

-- "AudioFile"

One of the most extraordinary political tales of the twentieth century and well worth the investment for anyone truly interested in the genesis of greatness.

-- "Financial Times (London)"

Should be read by every person alive.

-- "Boston Globe"

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 twenty-seven years.

-- "Amazon.com"

This fluid memoir matches South African President Mandela's stately grace with wise reflection on his life and the freedom struggle that defined it...His belief in repairing his country inspires.

-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"

This is an articulate, moving account of Mandela's life...Over a third of Mandela's memoir tells of his twenty-seven years in prison, an account that could stand alone as a prison narrative. He ends his book with the conclusion that his 'long walk' for freedom has just begun.

-- "Library Journal"

This memoir is remarkably free of polemics, self-pity, and self-aggrandizement. It is the work of a man who has led by action and example-a man who is one of the few genuine heroes we have.

-- "Kirkus Reviews" --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0015T6G2G
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Little, Brown and Company; 1st edition (March 11, 2008)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ March 11, 2008
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 5749 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 684 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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