Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela


As soon as the news of President Mandela’s death broke last December, I was compelled to read this book to get a better understanding of this great man not just as president, but as an ordinary human being – a son, a father, a husband and a political activist.

This is Mandela’s compelling autobiography starting from his early days in his rural home town in South Africa through his incarceration for 27 years and eventual release in 1990. This book not only gives detailed account of the events of apartheid in South Africa, but it also takes a comprehensive look into the history of South Africa, Mandela’s lineage, the various tribal groups as well as the culture of the people of South Africa.

Mandela in Long Walk to Freedom goes on to recount the enactment of apartheid laws, institutionalization of racial discrimination and subsequent formation of the various political parties. This book is very informative with lots of shocking facts and horrendous revelations of oppressions suffered by blacks under the colonial regime. The fact that the story is from Mandela’s perspective make this book the more heart-wrenching. You will find a lot of important detail not generally known out there that occurred during this time in history. I find this a well written book which totally immerses the reader into the in humanities suffered by the black the people in South Africa and the resilience of the human spirit. I also love that Mandela bares his mind as he discusses his strengths while at the same time, talks about his weaknesses, his regrets and failures – all without any reservations.

This story is done in clear, frank and convincing tone. The conversational style employed by Mandela make Long Walk to Freedom a quick and easy read.

Highly recommended for anyone still curious about apartheid in South Africa. Engrossing, introspective, and thought-provoking!

Author – Nelson Mandela
Pages – 565
Published – 1995
South Africa

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2 thoughts on “Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela

  1. I was reading this book when Mandela died last year. That’s the first time I have ever been reading a biography and the subject has died while reading. He truly was an amazing and inspirational figure.

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