Long Walk To Freedom (Volume 1: 1918-1962) by Nelson Mandela
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Long Walk To Freedom

(Long Walk to Freedom #1)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  17,920 ratings  ·  61 reviews
From his birth in a village on the banks of the Mbashe River in the Transkei to his politicisation and development as a freedom fighter, this first volume of Nelson Mandela's classic autobiography charts the early years of his life, which culminated in his prison sentence in 1962. Emotive, compelling and uplifting, Long Walk to Freedom: Volume 1 tells the beginnings of the ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 497 pages
Published 2002 by Abacus
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Patricia Blochowiak My copy was an audiobook through the Libby app from the library. I'm sure they must have an ebook.

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Hai Quan
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
By mistake, my review is located in the following comment section :
This is a rather short read, but Mandela life story needs not a long narrative.
Pete daPixie
Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Nelson Mandela part wrote this in 1974 while incarcerated on Robben Island, he resumed his 'Long Walk' after his release in 1990. Volume One of his remarkable autobiography covers his life from 1918 to 1962, when his fight for freedom was temporarily curtailed with a five year prison sentence.
Here is a startling memoir that documents Mandela's early development as well as that of the A.N.C. and their struggle against the South African Nationalist apartheid government that arose in 1948. 'Die kaf
Aline Lesage
Jun 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Aline by: Book Club
A spirit-awakening, awe inspiring book. Despite its often tedious details (even with the help of diaries, one has to wonder about such an extraordinary memory of people and events over so many years), I am left with the reassuring knowledge that one man can indeed make a difference, and that positive social change, albeit painfully slow, is always possible. I salute Mandela's highly dignified stance where he refuses to use harsh, condemning words about his enemies. His restraint and humility are ...more
Aug 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this opening half of the great Mandela opus while on my first visit to South Africa recently. I'm glad I did. So much of it makes sense only once you have spent a short while in the country.

In some ways, this is not the book I was expecting. It's not really a firebrand of a book, no revolutionary manifesto, call to arms or heady political diatribe. There's no need for that, we're on the moral high ground here. Instead, this first book is a steady, level-headed account of Mandela's upbrin
Kathleen Hagen
I read an audio edition produced by Hachtte audio not listed among the 57 editions listed. Long Walk to Freedom, by Nelson Mandela, Narrated by Michael Boatman, Produced by Hachette hettehettehette Audio, Downloaded from audible.com.

This is a partial autobiography of Mandela’s life-partial because it ends with his election as president after his release from prison, and much has happened since that time, almost 20 years ago now. Mandela served over 27 years in prison in South Africa because of h
Syed Fathi
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bought, memoir
First of all I didn't expect that reading an autobiography will be so exiting. The book start with a very slow beginning where reader will be puzzled with African names and places. Mandela described on how his father fell from power. How he was adopted by a Regent, and given a western education. The book starting to catch attention when Mandela drop from his studies, ran away from home and start living in Johannesburg where his political conscience started to wake. He started to be influenced by ...more
Jun 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think that this book is very sad because of all the suffering Mandela goes through in his life and all the losses he had. My favourite part of the book is when he becomes the black pimpernel since he had to go into hiding. I also liked that part because of the way he wrote the story. I would recommend this book to adults since the topics he introduced in his book may be too complicated for younger kids to understand.
Luca Prosperi
Aug 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Mandatory read of a complex story that will need more time to be judged fairly. But a bit boring.
Anthony Segran
Oct 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Started very well then got a little tedious.
Vikram Venkatesan
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Remarkable man, remarkable journey, remarkable fight, remarkable autobiography.. The purpose of reading an autobiography is completely felt & realised when you read Mandela’s journey.. He makes you feel emotional through out the journey and at times you feel as if you should have been there fighting with him..There are magical moments where you cry and laugh along with him..

Few of those moments are

“What moved me most was a brief image of Winston Churchill weeping after he heard the news of the
Aug 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
It was a great listen. It is paramount for our society to now of black men such as this.
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic read - if a long one. Look at what's happening in Russia, China and the USA today and in this book you see how to organise an 80 year struggle for freedom.
Kees Tuijp
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A long book, but totally worth it!
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It is as if yourself and Mandela are sitting side by side at a bar, and he is telling you his story over pints. Gentle in its tone, honest, and always interesting. An almost conversational narrative easily enjoyed.
Suchanda Mitra
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a dream read.It gives us an insight into the man himself.What a life!What a person!What experiences !What patience!I can go on and on.I would recommend it as a must read as it helps you to introspect about your qualities as a human being.
Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a lengthy write by Nelson which talks about the story/life which resulted in becoming a president of South Africa.

Long Walk to Freedom starts from the childhood of Nelson,his teenage,hostel days and ends up with his late adult stage,where as he is pictured as a crucial member of ANC Party and a Candidate for President Elections in Africa.

The Best Touching Portions of this book are:
-His Teenage hostel days where he faced discrimination
-ANC Party life in his youth which ended up in impriso
Aug 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is the story of a freedom fighter, from his childhood till his mid forties. It shows that the person is not born as a freedom fighter, it is his life, the environment he lives in, and the oppression he goes through which contribute to shape his life as a fighter. This book also shows that freedom may require the use of many tactics to be gained. Sometimes, non violence by itself does not work others it is the only way to freedom. The experience of Mandella can be applied in similar con ...more
Rick Okinda
An emotional yet intriguing story of a man who was so determined to be free that he fought for the freedom of every oppressed person in his country and negotiated for the freedom of the oppressor. He could not become the best at everything, but he emerged legendary at what he was convinced he could do best. His life as a freedom fighter deprived him an opportunity to be the best husband and father that he would otherwise become.
Robinette Jones
May 19, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Kristina Grabbe, Katrina Gaus
i knew a little bit about the horrifying legacy of apartheid. but what i didn't really understand was it's magnitude, scope, and precise ability to cut into every aspect of life. Mandela's account fills in all the details for you in a very (com)passionate way. great quick read!
Amandeep Singh
Sep 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing...What a iconic life he had. Few events in his book would be memorable all through my life. The book has taught me so many hard lessons of life. One thing that really bothered & strange was when Madiba & Winnie went for divorce. ...more
Heather Trentini
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and his story. It was fascinating to read the history of my country and the role Nelson played in the present South Africa. He was an amazing person and this book was very easy to read. Truly life changing.
Tony Frawley
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A superbly written book which evokes many emotions throughout. Nelson Mandela and all of the others who supported the ANC deserve their rightful place in history. Together they changed the lives of millions of South Africans and left the world in a better place.
Jonida T
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Intimate and powerful. It’s a lot to get through but surprisingly effortless as the book is not just about one man’s journey but a whole country’s struggle and makes for fascinating reading (esp if you’re like me and knew very little about SA history).
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
It's is a good book. It's shows how blacks were treated during the apartheid era . Blacks were not even considered as humans.They were beaten badly and lived in harsh conditions for a long time.It's makes me sad when I read it but Nelson Mandela fought for his people.He was brave and had courage.
Jawad Wehbi
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great book for those who seek hope and inspiration, this book really proves how humble a man can be and is also willing to die for a cause he believed in!
Nelson Mandela: A true world leader and a person who everyone must follow his footsteps...
Mustansar Hussain
May 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a good read. I learned that it was always small things that impacted his life the greatest. This book shows that how one has to sacrifice everything one own's if he want to do something for someone else. He always tried to give credit to his coleagues for there collective acheivements.
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great book about this influential man whose ideas and principles led to the independence and democratic ruling of South Africa.
Def curious to read the sequel and find out more about his life in freedom as opposed to the prison.
Ailsa Edwards
Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everyone should read this book to get a proper view of apartheid for the Africans. So moving.
Dec 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Over all a very good book. As the reader you get to learn a lot about a great man. Very detailed which depending on the type of books you like can be good or bad.
Mar 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
A very long read. But very good. I only read the first half.
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Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a former President of South Africa, the first to be elected in a fully representative democratic election, who held office from 1994–99.

Before his presidency, Mandela was an anti-apartheid activist, and the leader of the African National Congress's armed wing Umkhonto we Sizwe. The South African courts convicted him on charges of sabotage, as well as other crimes com

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Long Walk to Freedom (2 books)
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