Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

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The autobiography of global human rights icon Nelson Mandela is "riveting...both a brilliant description of a diabolical system and a testament to the power of the spirit to transcend it" ( Washington Post).

Nelson Mandela was one of the great moral and political leaders of his 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. After his triumphant release in 1990 from more than a quarter-century of imprisonment, Mandela was 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 antiapartheid movement, he was instrumental in moving the nation toward multiracial government and majority rule. He is still revered everywhere as a vital force in the fight for human rights and racial equality.

Long Walk to Freedom is his moving and exhilarating autobiography, destined to take its place among the finest memoirs of history's greatest figures. Here for the first time, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela told the extraordinary story of his life — an epic of struggle, setback, renewed hope, and ultimate triumph.

The book that inspired the major motion picture Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781478926863
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Publication date: 10/08/2013
Edition description: Unabridged
Pages: 23
Sales rank: 910,717
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 5.90(h) x 2.20(d)

About the Author

Nelson Mandela won the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize. He was inaugurated in 1994 and became the first freely-elected President of South Africa.

Table of Contents

Foreword President Bill Clinton ix

Part 1 A Country Childhood 1

Part 2 Johannesburg 61

Part 3 Birth of a Freedom Fighter 93

Part 4 The Struggle is My Life 141

Part 5 Treason 197

Part 6 The Black Pimpernel 263

Part 7 Rivonia 309

Part 8 Robben Island: The Dark Years 379

Part 9 Robben Island: Beginning to Hope 449

Part 10 Talking with the Enemy 511

Part 11 Freedom 559

Index 627

Customer Reviews

Long Walk to Freedom 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 126 reviews.
MikeMcCann More than 1 year ago
At first glance, this large autobiography may appear intimidating and, given its' content, morbid. But this read is refreshing, never boring and among the most inspiring books I have ever read. Mandela is an excellent writer and the story is one of unbending faith and courage. The struggle is his life; wow what a journey! I agree with the Boston Globe: Mandela is one of the most important figures of our time; this book should be read by everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just a reminder if you thought you struggled in your life this book will change your perception
Philip Becker More than 1 year ago
im a young sixth grader and even i throughly enjoyed this book. well done!
RolfDobelli More than 1 year ago
Reading this firsthand, contemporaneous account of Nelson Mandela's life is an extraordinary opportunity. Mandela, a South African freedom fighter and a political prisoner for 27 years, tells his own saga of how he helped his black countrymen throw off their apartheid chains, how the African National Congress waged and won its struggle, and how he became his nation's first black president. Learn all this and more, directly from the living legend who brought it to pass. getAbstract recommends this compelling autobiography, an inside view of South Africa's struggle and the revered Mandela's unique political life.
Sara_NilesJT More than 1 year ago
It was said by psychologist Abraham Maslow, that when it comes to human growth, only a special few ever reach the pinnacle of altruistic achievement that marks the best they could be, the point of being self-actualized.  Nelson Mandela was one of the special few, as his point of achievement reached legendary proportions: after spending twenty-seven years in prison on manufactured charges designed to stop him from his mission of freeing the South African people from an unjust and tyrannical Apartheid, he was set free (1990), only to almost immediately become the president of South Africa (1994). The story of Nelson Mandela’s life sounds almost magical, as though it was concocted in the mind of a fantasy author-yet, it was true. Mandela was a living legend in his time; and until only a few days ago, he was a living legend all of my life. A Long Walk to Freedom is now a chronicle of world history, and Mandela is part of the ‘ages’. In a Long Walk to Freedom (I first read it in the 1990’s), Mandela speaks of all the happenings in his life that made him the person he became, from his birth and childhood, his relationship with family members, and into his adulthood, and his eventual mission to end Apartheid and the cruelty it inflicted upon his country. Mandela spoke of what nature and nurture added to his determination, and of how his family culture added to his development as a man. Mandela recounted his education and his role as a reformer; his imprisonment and the ordeal that lasted for almost three decades, and finally, his freedom: The Long Walk to Freedom. There is no ‘poor me’ attitude, nor is there an air of superiority in his story, only the honest revelations and inner reflections, of what we now know for sure, was the mind of one of the world’s greatest leaders. Mandela, the son of a ‘kingmaker’ who himself became ‘king’, the president of South Africa, and an international icon. The writing style is polished, and full of insight and detail, making it a very enjoyable read. This book should become one of the great autobiographies of all time, along with The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin   and Malcolm X.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
nelson mandela writes his amazing journey leaving nothing unsaid. he reveals all of his lifes triumphs and setbacks. his story is like none i have ever read, it is filled with drama,action and a huge heart. long walk to freedom is one of the great autobiographies of our time.
srag More than 1 year ago
Long walk to freedom is an epic autobiography that chronicles the trials and tribulations of Nelson Mandela's life and fight against apartheid. The sacrifices and hardships of Mandela's ten thousand days of imprisonment is mixed with friendships and simple pleasures all leading to the happiness with release and victory. It is an inspiration to all on how persistence, belief in justice and hope can take us through the hardest of times and make us stronger.
mescalante More than 1 year ago
I am only on page 150, but this is one of the best books I have read. My blood boils with people's feelings of superiority.
sdb57 More than 1 year ago
This is quite a man, very interesting.
krazy4katz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book puts front and center the magnificence of Nelson Mandela. Yes, it is true -- this book is long. For some reason, the beginning of the book is slow, even though it was interesting to learn about Mandela's youth. If you only want a biography of Mandela, this may not be the book for you, but if you are also interested in learning more of the history of South Africa, this book is very good. It describes how the more conservative National Party came to power after WWII and changed the laws to increase the power of apartheid in South Africa. I was amazed to learn more of the details of apartheid -- how even in prison, people of different skin color had different clothing and food. Watching South Africa turn into a police state -- for example, the banning of people from being in the company of more than 1 other person because of their political ideology. The restrictions on travel. Incredible.After reading about 25% of the book, I became more involved in Mandela's personal story. One of the really interesting aspects of this book is that you learn how Mandela's thinking developed over more than 50 years of struggle against apartheid. He talked about his movement from pure pacifism to civil disobedience and his rationale for armed struggle after the government outlawed nonviolent protest. He also describes about how the government linked the ANC with the Communist Party, because the ANC reached out to many organizations with differing agendas, as long as they shared the goal of eradicating apartheid. Reading about Mandela's attempt to bring dignity to his 27-year incarceration was incredible. The strength and intelligence of this man is so humbling. All in all, a great book. And the ending? A dream come true.
bfertig on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Though Nelson Mandela wrote these words about his colleague Oliver Tambo, they are fitting to him as well: 'He too epitomized Chief Luthuli's precept: 'Let your courage rise with danger.''Nelson Mandela's autobiography is simply a must read. Mandela's writing captures your attention and dares you to disbelieve that he is not in the room telling you these things himself. Though a thumper of a book at over 600 pages, it was impossible for me to read less than 50-75 at a time. I highly recommend it to everyone. He wrote the first draft while in prison on Robben Island, and it eloquently and deftly tells his story: his noble birth and legal training, the rise of his political consciousness and activism, his struggles against the apartheid regime, his trials for treason and his decades of political imprisonment on Robben Island. No matter the challenge, Mandela's courage rises to meet it: going underground, representing fellow prisoners for grievances for color-blind food rations and clothing, and being separated from his wife and family with visitations separated by years. Mandela recounts numerous anecdotes to point out lessons learned, disparities impossible to ignore, changing perceptions of the political and social world (both inside and outside prison), and what is required of a leader. ¿Like the gardener, a leader must take responsibility for what he cultivates; he must mind his work, try to repel enemies, preserve what can be preserved, and eliminate what cannot succeed.¿ His cognizance and candor about what his re/actions represent and symbolize to others amazes me. As a person who possesses the inner strength, self-control, and follow-through, Mandela fits the billing of a real-life superhero, on the scale of Gandhi and Moses.
stveggy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Bit of a slog in places but this man had an amazing life
rapago on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was recommended by a colleague at work. He said he could not put it down. I did not find the book that riveting and was often skimming through the sections that were overly political. I finished the book because I was determined to learn more about how a man becomes a legend. From his early beginnings, Mandela seemed destined to play a role in the life of the people of South Africa. The sacrifices he made, at the expense of those he loved most, gained him the reverence of not only his country, but much of the world. Were the sacrifices worth it?This book is a good read to learn about one of the most important men of the 20th century. It is good to learn about survival and perseverance. In the end, I am glad to have read it.
Irisheyz77 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books that everyone should read. Mandela has such a beautiful voice that sucks you in from page 1 and won't let you go...even after you turn the last page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a high school sophomore and i read this book for my English research project. I found this book very interesting, which I find insane because I don't like to read, especially an intimidatingly big book like this one. This book is very inspiring and heartfelt. Nelson Mandela in this book really explains every little detail about himself and his tribes and culture. I love reading autobiographies because I feel like I can connect with the author way more. If you also like autobiographies then I highly recommend you read it. Although this book is very big it is also very time consuming. It took me about a month to completely finish this book. There are also many parts in this book where you may think that what you're reading is irrelevant. But there are many more parts in this book that are just fascinating. If you don't like to read I still recommend you try to read it because the content is just great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked it interesting i give it a good 4 star
sm0818 More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. I would recommend this book to people who want to become leaders. One of my favorite passages of the book was when one of his fatherly figures told him how to be a leader. he said “A leader is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along there being directed from behind.” Any person who wants learn how to bring about a revolution should read this book. This book explains his ideology and why he did what he did. This is a great book for a high school student whether they want to be a leader or not. In every job you have to do a little leading. From a teacher to an office worker there is always somebody who needs your guidance and this book has some great tips. It’s funny and sad but also driven and a page turner. While I think you should read this book there are also some things you have to remember. You have to remember while Mandela beloved in his cause and was willing to die for it, he was a terrorist. He was the reason why some people died in South Africa. I also think you should watch the movie after reading the book because the movie was pretty good too. A Long Walk to Freedom isn’t like a normal biography, it tells a wonderful story about a man fighting (and not always winning) for what he believes. The book is never boring because it tells about a man who was in charge at one of the most exciting times in history of South Africa. I have read a lot of books, a lot of big books, and this one really made me think. This book makes you think about all the petty things you complain about not realizing what great freedom you have in America.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its been a great read
HarrietBoe More than 1 year ago
South Africa and the world for that matter was fortunate to have this great and gifted man sacrifice his life to fight and conquer the heinous evil of man's heartless greed the Apartheid system. Man's greed drives him to mistreat his weaker fellow man. The thralldom of the black man is the sin of civilization. Madiba's long walk to freedom should enlighten everyone who reads it.
RGthegeezer More than 1 year ago
A good read of a South African smoldering problem and a miscarriage of justice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not very good about reading non-fiction, but I found this book fascinating. I knew so little about the history of South Africa and Mandela, and I learned a great deal both about him and about the country. I regret that he did not get into a little more of the historical background of the country -- there's a lot I still don't know -- but of course it's a biography, not a history, so I think he can be forgiven for that. His determination, dedication to his people, and ability to forgive and understand those who persecuted him for so long was truly remarkable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
RIP you were a true hero and inspiration. Good book and movie