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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (12,918 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nelson Mandela Narrator: Michael Boatman Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 antiapartheid 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. The foster son of a Thembu chief, Mandela was raised in the traditional, tribal culture of his ancestors, but at an early age he learned the modern, inescapable reality of what came to be called apartheid, one of the most powerful and effective systems of oppression ever conceived.

In classically elegant and engrossing prose, Mandela tells of his early years as an impoverished student and law clerk in Johannesburg, of his slow political awakening, and of his pivotal role in the rebirth of a stagnant ANC and the formation of its Youth League in the 1950s. He describes the struggle to reconcile his political activity with his devotion to his family, the anguished breakup of his first marriage, and the painful separations from his children. He brings vividly to life the escalating political warfare in the fifties between the ANC and the government, culminating in his dramatic escapades as an underground leader and the notorious Rivonia Trial of 1964, at which he was sentenced to life imprisonment. He recounts the surprisingly eventful twenty-seven years in prison and the complex, delicate negotiations that led both to his freedom and to the beginning of the end of apartheid.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “One of the most extraordinary political tales of the twentieth century, and well worth the investment for anyone truly interested in the genesis of greatness.”

    Financial Times (London)

  • “The famously taciturn South African president reveals much of himself in Long Walk to Freedom. A good deal of this autobiography was written secretly while Mandela was imprisoned for twenty-seven years.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Should be read by every person alive.”

    Boston Sunday Globe

  • “An engrossing tapestry of recent South African history that grips the reader from the first pages…Riveting and sometimes painfully honest.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “To read of Nelson Mandela’s fascinating journey…is to be reminded of the indomitable human spirit. Yet the reminder is delivered with such grace and subtlety that it intensifies its meaning.”

    San Diego Union-Tribune

  • “This fluid memoir matches South African President Mandela’s stately grace with wise reflection on his life and the freedom struggle that defined it. Mandela began this book in 1975, during his twenty-seven-year imprisonment...the story fascinates.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “This is an articulate, moving account of Mandela’s life from his ‘country childhood’ following his birth on July 18, 1918 to his inauguration as president of South Africa on May 10, 1994...Highly recommended for all collections.”

    Library Journal

  • “This memoir is remarkably free of polemics, self-pity, and self-aggrandizement. It is the work of a man who has led by action and examplea man who is one of the few genuine heroes we have.”  

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Narrator Michael Boatman has a gentle but insistent voice that suggests a certain grace and is well suited for the memoir of this worldwide symbol of persistence and justice…This is his story, told in his war, and we must take notice.”


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Robert Hill | 2/4/2014

    " The story of Nelson Mandela is an amazing story. It is remarkable that this man opposed and defeated apartheid through a very systematic use of the rule of law, a rule of law that was maintained by an oppressor. The story of how apartheid was implemented is instructive and insidious. There is a common thread of an enslavement of a continent by Europeans that have been very destructive to Africans. I have thought in the past that Capitalism was an engine that brought people to their creative best. I think that there is a flaw in the way that economic benefits have not equally redounded to the benefit of all on a more equitable basis. I guess I view the history of the African continent as one of being exploited by the Western world. There are many lessons to be taken from the life of Mandela. It is amazing to me that he maintained his sanity in experiencing so much discrimination and racism. There are ways that I find him remarkable and yet this autobiography paints him in the light of an ordinary man in many ways. His life also brings to light the need for all of us to be a force for justice in the world. The struggle for equity in human relations is a constant struggle for all of us. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Valarie | 1/29/2014

    " This was indeed a LONG walk. Since Mandela is not a writer by trade, many passages were exhausting and disorganized. Besides the difficulty, though, this was an excellent book. Mandela's voice was very honest, as he admitted to his mistakes during the struggle for freedom, and I was surprised to learn about his role in the violent "uprisings" that he claims helped to bring about the end of apartheid. While I believe that apartheid could have been ended through international pressure, economic sabotage, and strikes and protests, I can't say for sure because I wasn't there. Overall, this loooong book was very worth it and I'd highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in race issues or modern African history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Chris Gould | 1/16/2014

    " Interesting take on life under Apartheid and the ANC. Book is as long as the Walk! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Shandon | 1/7/2014


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