BOOK OF THE WEEK: 05/06 - 05/12

 

Long Walk to Freedom

By: Nelson Mandela

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 tells the extraordinary story of his life--an epic of struggle, setback, renewed hope, and ultimate triumph.

This remarkable story includes his early years, beginning in 1918, Transkei; his career as a lawyer and then as an African National Congress leader and a recounting of his 27 years in prison. Mandela gives an artistic examination of the toll of being separated for so many years from his wife and children and continues to give account until his inauguration as president of South Africa on May 10, 1994.

The book also describes the remarkable journey Mandela made from being considered a problem by the South African government to being embraced as a great leader by the nation's people.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nelson Mandela is one of the great moral and political leaders of our 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. Since his triumphant release in 1990 from more than a quarter-century of imprisonment, Mandela has been 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 anti-apartheid movement, he was instrumental in moving the nation toward multiracial government and majority rule. He is revered everywhere as a vital force in the fight for human rights and racial equality.