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Shvoong Home>Books>Long Walk to Freedom Review

Long Walk to Freedom

Book Review   by:Susan de Villiers     Original Author: Nelson Mandela
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Nelson Mandela is known and honoured as a legend, a man of almost unbelievable conviction, determination and courage, who served 27 years in prison for a cause for which he declared from the dock: " I am prepared to die".

We all know that supremely charismatic man who emerged from prison to lead South Africa into democracy. But how many of us know about the young Mandela who grew up on the hills of the Eastern Cape. About the scholar who was educated and honoured as member of a noble house? About the steely youth who took the journey to Johannesburg, where he eventually graduated as a lawyer and opened up a practice in the middle of Johannesburg with his lifelong friend OR Tambo? The man who spoke from the dock at his trial and declared that the freedom of his people was a cause for which he was prepared to die.

Here, in fascinating detail, is a full account of the life of Nelson Mandela as written by himself. We learn about the long years during which the ANC used every known means to persuade the apartheid regime to abandon its vicious and inhumane policies. We learn of the anti-pass campaign and passive resistance and defiance. We learn how that crucial decision to form an armed wing of the ANC was reached. And we learn about the courage and fortitude of the Robben Island prisoners, many sentenced for life and few with any real expectation of release.
And then comes the part we do know! Nelson Mandela is freed and South Africa began the last stages of its journey towards democracy.

”Long Walk to Freedom" is the story of a legendary man and the times he lived in and influenced. It is a book that simply must be read by anybody who wishes to understand the history of South Africa in the Twentieth Century. It is the story of a giant. And the story of a man whose utter dedication and sacrifice played a central role in bringing democracy and freedom to South Africa.
Published: November 18, 2005   
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