Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

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20 Critic Reviews

The narrative is enlivened by intimate detail and introspection.
-NY Times

Synopsis

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

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 tells the extraordinary story of his life--an epic of struggle, setback, renewed hope, and ultimate triumph.
 

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Nelson Mandela is a former President of South Africa, the first to be elected in fully representative democratic elections. He was born in Transkei, South Africa, in 1918. Before his presidency, Mandela was an anti-apartheid activist and leader of the African National Congress. In 1964, he was convicted of crimes including sabotage committed in the struggle against apartheid. He was imprisoned for 27 years at Robben Island prison and Pollsmoor prison. During his incarceration, his reputation as a potent symbol of resistance to apartheid grew steadily. Released from prison in 1990, Mandela received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and was inaugurated as President of South Africa in 1994. He is the author of the internationally bestselling autobiography Long Walk to Freedom.
 
Published March 11, 2008 by Little, Brown and Company. 684 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction
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All: 20 | Positive: 18 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Good
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Nov 01 2008

This memoir is remarkably free of polemics, self-pity, and self-aggrandizement.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Jul 03 2000

This book-perhaps out of diplomacy and haste-covers the period since Mandela's 1990 release with less nuance and candor than other recent accounts; still his belief in repairing his country inspires.

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by BILL KELLER on Dec 18 2008

The narrative is enlivened by intimate detail and introspection.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Jul 03 2008

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

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The Washington Post

Good
Reviewed by Glenn Frankel on Dec 24 2008

These images, interspersed among intimate portraits of Mandela, are a reminder that the man and the nation are forever entwined.

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Christian Science Monitor

Good
Reviewed by Casey Lee on Jun 24 2013

Mandela's story is stirring and some of his most-frequently-quoted words have been drawn from "Long Walk to Freedom."

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People

Above average
Reviewed by Pam Lambert on Feb 13 2008

Readers. will learn much but won't find the media Mandela who has previously touched their hearts.

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South China Morning Post

Good
Reviewed by Oliver Clasper on May 19 2013

Not many men have walked down as many roads as Nelson Mandela. His extraordinary life has been filled with love, joy, strife, struggle, incarceration, hope, humility and, finally, freedom.

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Project MUSE

Good
Reviewed by Mark O. Hatfield on Oct 01 2008

Some passages are as striking as they are simple, such as the sentence where he tells of being allowed to embrace his wife after 21 years of enforced physical separation.

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Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children

Good
Reviewed by Rutgers University on Dec 01 2009

Long Walk to Freedom makes these incredible events accessible to younger readers in an engaging and interesting way. 

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Teen Ink

Excellent
Reviewed by Dfidenes on Jun 02 2014

This book is an excellent read. It is dramatic, tragic, humorous, witty, and inspiring, showing us the greatness of this man. I would recommend it to anyone, and am proud to have reviewed it.

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Teen Ink

Good
on Dec 24 2013

I like this book because it reminds me of our very own history. I personally enjoy books that have realistic events. It will immediately make one thankful and appreciative of what one has...

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Teen Ink

Excellent
Reviewed by Dfidenes on Dec 24 2013

His story was truly amazing. To actually read that book and know that the thoughts and wisdom of one of the greatest activists in history was actually there on the page. To know the story through his eyes and to know how he felt at those moments was simply incredible.

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EzineArticles

Below average
Reviewed by Laura Schroeder on Jan 13 2014

"Long Walk to Freedom" is a very thick book. I admit that I skimmed through the political pages because it would take a long time to read.

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EzineArticles

Excellent
Reviewed by Brett Thrailkill on Jan 26 2012

If you should read just one book this year, make it A Long Walk to Freedom. More than a feel good book of inspiration, it captures the progress of a people--a movement to gain their right within their own homeland.

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At Home With Books

Good
Reviewed by Alyce on Jun 25 2009

I recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about Nelson Mandela’s life and the history of South African apartheid.

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Inside the Mind of a Biliophile

Good
Reviewed by Eustacia Tan on Jan 23 2014

While this is a long book, it's a book that everyone needs to read. The writing is clear and easy to follow along, and trust me, you'll walk away from the book understanding the need for racial equality.

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The ObamaCrat.com

Above average
Reviewed by Jueseppi Baker on Jul 19 2013

...Mandela’s book does not discuss the alleged complicity of de Klerk in the violence of the eighties and nineties, or the role of his ex-wife Winnie Mandela in that bloodshed. Mandela became the South African president in 1994.

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Tatty's Treasure Chest

Excellent
Reviewed by Tatty's Treasure Chest on Aug 31 2010

As most people are aware, Nelson Mandela is a hero to many and this offering, full of beautiful illustrations brings his story to life for the younger reader. It’s simplistic, it helps explains his story and of course its done in such a delicate way that it really is enchanting.

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University of Pennsylvania

Excellent
Reviewed by Abdul-Rehman Malik as-Shukri on Mar 01 2008

Emotive, compelling and uplifting, `LONG WALK TO FREEDOM' is the exhilarating story of an epic life; a story of hardship, resilience and ultimate triumph.

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