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Long walk to freedom, a review

Updated on September 20, 2014

Read the full story of the country

Nelson Mandela's autobiography

Ever wanted to learn directly from a great man? To sit and listen as they relate their life story and how they came to do the things that they are famous for?

If you answered yes to either of those questions then with this book you won't be disappointed! Listening to Nelson Mandela as he tells his life story in a way that only he can.

I was loaned this book about six weeks ago and sat down to read it thinking I knew about the man. It was on the second page that I realized that I knew so little and that which I did know had been a lie fed to us by those who didn't want the truth to be known!

The book starts with Nelson growing up in the Transkei and the first thing I learned is that 'Nelson' wasn't his real name! It was the name given to him by the teachers at the Mission school he attended (Mandela was a lifelong Methodist) and his real name in Xhosa literally means 'trouble causer' a name he said he thought was quite prophetic!

We often know of the events that happened to make the man famous, but not the journey that got them to that point, that's where this book comes into it's own. He walks us through the steps that made him into the man he was. In his own words he wanted to "explain what makes a freedom fighter" rather than what that fighter did.

It would be natural to expect that a book like this was written in his later years using earlier material but Mandela explains that much of the book was actually written while he was in prison on Robbin Island and later smuggled out, (there's even a section explaining how they went about smuggling the book out of prison).

Did you know he was still in prison when he was awarded the Nobel prize! and he wasn't the first leader of the ANC to win it!

One thing that staggers me and was fascinating to read was how a man could spend twenty seven years in jail (eighteen of those were doing hard labor) and come out CHOOSING not to be bitter! but rather be the man who would drive the vision of a united and healed (or healing) country!

There are some books that are good to read and there are some great books, but there are those few books that are a must to read and this is near the top of that list!

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    • lawrence01 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lawrence Hebb 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Glad you liked the hub

    • Besarien profile image


      4 years ago

      What an amazing man. Enjoyed this hub and look forward to checking out your others.


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