Check out my Long Walk to Freedom book summary and review that I created to help you understand the basics of this great book. Long Walk to Freedom is the autobiography of South African President Nelson Mandela. It was haunted by Richard Stenzel and first published in 1994 by Little Brown & Co.

 The book describes his early life, coming of age, education and 27 years spent in prison. Under the apartheid government, Mandela was branded a terrorist and imprisoned on Robben Island, notorious for his role as leader of the then-banned African National Congress (ANC) and its armed wing, Umkhonto Wei Sijoy.

 He later gained international recognition for his leadership as president in rebuilding the country's once-separatist society. The last chapters of the book describe his political ascent and his belief that the struggle against racism in South Africa was still ongoing.

Long Walk to Freedom

Mandela dedicated his book to "my six children, Madiba and Makazio (my first daughter), who are now dead, and to Makgatho, Makazio, Jenani and Zindagi, whose support and love I value; my twenty-one grandchildren and three tenants."

 Grandchildren who give me so much joy; And to all my comrades, friends and colleagues South Africans whom I serve and whose courage, determination and patriotism are my source of inspiration.

Long Walk to Freedom book summary :

In the first part of his autobiography, Mandela describes his upbringing in South Africa as a child and adolescent and his association with the royal Thembu dynasty. The name of the birth of his shell was Rolihlahla, which is loosely translated as "pulling the branches of a tree" or an accent for "troublemaker".

Mandela described his education at a Thembu College called Clarkberry and later at the rigorous Heldtown School, where students were kept in a strict routine. He mentions his education at Fort Hare University and later mentions his law practice.

He further writes; "Democracy means listening to all people, and decisions were made together as a people. Majority rule was a foreign concept. Minorities should not clash with the majority.

In the second part of the book, Mandela discusses the political and social aspects of South African racism and the influence of politicians such as Daniel Francois Malan, who implemented the Nadeem of African Independence, when he formally introduced racist policies. Mandela joined the African National Congress in 1950 and described his guerrilla tactics and underground organization in the fight against racism.

In 1961, Mandela was convicted of inciting people to strike and leaving the country without a passport and was sentenced to five years in prison. However, Mandela was later sentenced to life in prison for sabotage known as the "Rivonia Trial" by Justice Dr Quartus de Wait instead of a possible death sentence.

Mandela described his time in prison on Robben Island and Polesmur Prison. His 28 years in prison were marked by the brutality of African guards, broken labor, and sleeping in almost uninhabitable small cells. Unlike his biographer Anthony Sampson, Mandela did not accuse Warder James Gregory of befriending his captive.

Gregory's book Goodbye Bafana discusses Mandela's family life and describes Gregory as Mandela's close personal friend. Mandela: According to The Authorized Biography, Gregory's position was to censor letters to future presidents, and through this he discovered details of Mandela's personal life, from which he made money through his book Goodbye Bafana.

Mandela considered filing a lawsuit against Gregory for this breach of trust. Long Walk to Freedom Mandela Gregory commented that 'I didn't know him very well, but he knew us because he was responsible for reviewing our incoming and outgoing mail.'

Later during his sentence, Mandela met with South African President Frederick Willem de Clarke and was released from prison in 1990. Contrary to his friend Anthony Sampson's account, Mandela's book does not discuss de Klerk's alleged involvement in the violence of the 1980s. In the nineties, or the role of his ex-wife Winnie Mandela behind that bloodshed. Mandela became President of South Africa in 1994.

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