Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $4.99 shipping
Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela Paperback – Unabridged, October 1, 1995
|New from||Used from|
"Neverworld Wake" by Marisha Pessl
Read the absorbing new psychological suspense thriller from acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Marisha Pessl. Learn more
Frequently bought together
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
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.
From Publishers Weekly
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.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
so much injustice done upon him and his people , their only crime was their rich lands!
The book is nice, i do admire, respect and idolize the man, but unfortunately due to the fact of him spending 27 years from his life in prison, has rendered the book with lengthy chapters simply narrating the routine and boring prison daily life. It is unlike normal memoirs, were too much events and actions engulf the charcters life, such as that of Malcolm X.
However; in general the book is easy to go through, with what is sufficient to learn from this great man about resilience, persistence, leadership, dignity and hope! Never give up hope! Never break and always be optimistic!
Even while on trial with possibility of being hanged as the highest, he was still studying in preparation for his London university exams. One of his quotes , "the human body i have found has an enormous capacity for adjusting to trying circumstances. I have found that one can bear the unbearable if one can keep one`s spirits strong."
As for south Africa at the time, with its racist regime, its strict and inhuman apartheid, was like the USA of earlier times, Belgium Congo, Portuguese Angola, and many other places where the Lust and greed combined with lack of human consideration and the diseased European culture of superiority over other nations, has led to the destruction and erosion of diverse and rich ancient cultures that had complex ruling systems and lived as one with the land!
I learned a lot about Nelson Mandela whom I knew so little about. South Africa and apartheid was never a major issue in the U.S. hence I learned absolutely nothing about it in school. I remember a big deal being made about Nelson Mandela's release and his presidency but still I never knew more than apartheid was a mistreatment of Black Africans. To what extent and in what form I never knew.
This book delves into how the Afrikaans (White South Africans primarily Dutch) really treated Africans and to what lengths they went to subdue and subjugate the Africans. He discusses the National Party, the various laws enacted and his own political evolution while trying to fight injustice. I learned of the various men and women that were essential to the Africans' fight for equality and about the different groups and organizations that developed as well.
Nelson is amazing if for one thing; he could have had money and ease yet he eschewed that for being a freedom fighter. Nelson grew up a part of the household of a Chief. He got an education and became a lawyer and had considerably more money and liberties than most Africans (although considerably less than most Afrikaans). For many Africans that would have been enough to be placated and they would have sufficed with living relatively comfortably. Nelson was not satisfied with that. He desperately wanted freedom for himself and his people. They weren't slaves, but he wanted freedom in the form of equality and the absence of debilitating laws. Nelson sacrificed two marriages and quality time with his children for the "struggle". Being a freedom fighter drew him away from the home for many hours of the day, many days of the month and many months of the year to eventually many years of his and their lifetimes.
I grew to respect Mandela a lot through this book. I would have given it five stars if not for its length. Mandela was admittedly verbose. I don't know how many pages the book is because, for whatever reason, my Kindle version never told me. I could ascertain my location, my reading speed and my percent completion of the book but not the page. Whatever the amount of pages it was 115 chapters. I know that Nelson wanted to mention those things which affected him or were memorable, but it seemed he mentioned too many details.
Still, the book is excellent and a must read. I'm so happy I read it and now have a greater knowledge of South Africa's history and a greater appreciation of Nelson Mandela the man.
The writing is forceful, and beautiful and honest. I received inspiration, education and amazement from reading this book.
Again, I can't truly do this autobiography justice in a review. If you have EVER had any inclination or interest in reading this? Trust me! It is better than you thought it could be.
Let me end by saying that the best way I can describe this book is that after reading it, it made me determined to be a better person!