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Long Walk to Freedom

The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela
Mandela, Nelson (Book - 1995 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Long Walk to Freedom


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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 anti-apartheid 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. The foster son of a Thembu chief, Mandela was raised in the traditional, tribal culture of his ancestors, but at an early age learned the modern, inescapable reality of what came to be called apartheid, one of the most powerful and effective systems of oppression ever conceived. In classically elegant and engrossing prose, he tells of his early years as an impoverished student and law clerk in Johannesburg, of his slow political awakening, and of his pivotal role in the rebirth of a stagnant ANC and the formation of its Youth League in the 1950s. He describes the struggle to reconcile his political activity with his devotion to his family, the anguished breakup of his first marriage, and the painful separations from his children. He brings vividly to life the escalating political warfare in the fifties between the ANC and the government, culminating in his dramatic escapades as an underground leader and the notorious Rivonia Trial of 1964, at which he was sentenced to life imprisonment. Herecounts the surprisingly eventful twenty-seven years in prison and the complex, delicate negotiations that led both to his freedom and to the beginning of the end of apartheid. Finally he provides the ultimate inside account of the unforgettable events since his release that produced at last a free, multiracial democracy in South Africa. To millions of people around the world, Nelson Mandela stands, as no other living figure does, for the triumph of dignity and hope over despair and hatred, of self-discipline and love over persecution and evil.
Authors: Mandela, Nelson, 1918-2013
Title: Long walk to freedom
the autobiography of Nelson Mandela
Publisher: New York, N.Y. :, Little, Brown and Company,, 1995, c1994
Edition: 1st pbk. ed
Characteristics: 638 p., [12] leaves of plates :,ill., map ;,21 cm
Notes: Includes index
Contents: Country childhood
Johannesburg
Birth of a freedom fighter
Struggle is my life
Treason
Black pimpernel
Rivonia
Robben Island : Dark years
Robben Island : Beginning to hope
Talking with the enemy
Freedom
Summary: 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 anti-apartheid 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. The foster son of a Thembu chief, Mandela was raised in the traditional, tribal culture of his ancestors, but at an early age learned the modern, inescapable reality of what came to be called apartheid, one of the most powerful and effective systems of oppression ever conceived. In classically elegant and engrossing prose, he tells of his early years as an impoverished student and law clerk in Johannesburg, of his slow political awakening, and of his pivotal role in the rebirth of a stagnant ANC and the formation of its Youth League in the 1950s. He describes the struggle to reconcile his political activity with his devotion to his family, the anguished breakup of his first marriage, and the painful separations from his children. He brings vividly to life the escalating political warfare in the fifties between the ANC and the government, culminating in his dramatic escapades as an underground leader and the notorious Rivonia Trial of 1964, at which he was sentenced to life imprisonment. Herecounts the surprisingly eventful twenty-seven years in prison and the complex, delicate negotiations that led both to his freedom and to the beginning of the end of apartheid. Finally he provides the ultimate inside account of the unforgettable events since his release that produced at last a free, multiracial democracy in South Africa. To millions of people around the world, Nelson Mandela stands, as no other living figure does, for the triumph of dignity and hope over despair and hatred, of self-discipline and love over persecution and evil.
ISBN: 0316548189
9780316548182
0316545856
9780316545853
Branch Call Number: B-Ma311L 1995
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Report This Feb 15, 2014
  • forsu1231 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Loved the autobiography… Deeply moved by Mr. Mandela’s inclusiveness, humility and wisdom; he practiced extraordinary self discipline and always clung to hope: hope not just for himself, but for the vision of a future post-apartheid South Africa! I concluded too that he discovered, and made his own, jewels of great value in the deep and dark mines of incarceration. He used these riches to build and nurture his dignity, and the dignity of his comrades; he used these riches to reach out to all his fellow South Africans, regardless of their color, gender, and “status” in the apartheid system. He also came across as a private but self deprecatory person, especially in matters related to his family. I am grateful to God for human beings such as Nelson Mandela.

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  • Buff_K rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very slow going to begin with, detailing his childhood, but I thought this was well told a thoroughly good read of very sad struggle.

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