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"Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand history - and then go out and change it." -President Barack Obama 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,...

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More than a man.

This man has lived a remarkable life. this book describes some of the many struggles it took for him to become the man and the leader of a nation that he became. it is a must read, he is the real thing.

Delivered at promised

"Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela" by Nelson Mandela, arrived as advertised, very good condition packed safely in a bubble-pak. The book looks as if it was read only once by a person that respects books. I would recommend purchasing from the seller and would myself buy from them in the future.

every one should read this book

one of the 5 best books i've read. nelson mandela may be the most courageous leader of my lifetime. like MLK, he showed great courage and inspired millions. like ghandi, he changed his country and the course of history. i thought i knew the story of aparthied but i knew very little. pls read this book.

Long Walk, long remembered!!!!

Although, it has been some time that I read this inspirational book, it is forever singed into my mind as one of the best books written by a most noble, couragous and wise man. I have added Nelson Mandela to my very short "Hero" list. With the holidays approaching it would be a wonderful gift!!!!

Good Book - But be open minded

INTRO: This is the first book of this size that I have read about S. Africa. Having many relatives from S. Africa , I've heard the white side of the story about post-apartheid atrocities and unfairness, but this is the first history I've read of the history before 1994. This book really is fascinating in seeing the black perspective of the problem as well as chronologically laying out the evolution of the struggle. BODY: An important thing to keep in mind is that this book is written by Nelson Mandela himself who is not a partial bystander. Many times in fact, the book reads like a training manual for aspiring revolutionaries. While the history of the book is not in question, you need to understand that he paints them in a very specific light. At the end of the book, you hear nothing about any killings on behalf of the ANC only about the killings which were done to them. Another example of the political agenda of this book is near the beginning when Nelson Mandela makes the statement that the tribal politics that existed before the white man was "democracy in it's purest form". CONCLUSION: You should enjoy this book and admire Nelson Mandela for his lifetime of sacrifice and devotion to racial equality. However, don't place all your eggs in one basket and realize that there is more to the story than that of the radical revolutionary Mandela's. This book has inspired me to look further into S. Africa's present and past history.

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