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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.

Biographies & Memoirs
March 11
Little, Brown and Company
Hachette Digital, Inc.

Customer Reviews

Fernando Contreras ,

Long walk to freedom

Every person in the planet should read this book

MdCStudios ,


This is the most incredible story of recent history. As this great man states at the end of this book- "perhaps the deepest parts of oppression bring out the characteristics to overcome..." the story told in this book and the people described is nothing short of the story of the founding fathers of the United States. These people are personalities, people who through the the most inconceivable circumstances, motivated by an unexplainable passion for equality and change, have actually really prevailed and created the most valuable item known to humanity...a free thinking and living piece of land for its citizens in which to properly reside.

P.S -- I do believe there were once Tigers in Africa ;)

SDWill ,

Ethos of Our Time

I don’t know why it took me so long to read Long Walk to Freedom, but it was definitely worth the wait. Few individuals conjure the ethos of our time like Nelson Mandela. He embodies our hopes, fears, dreams and disappointments. While I never had the privilege to meet the man in person, it is enough to know that I lived in the same lifespan. It is a primer on how to persevere in the liberation of oppressed people everywhere - always.

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