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am 9. Mai 2000
I rarely feel compelled to read a book in one go, but this one was unputdownable despite its length. I was particularlly impressed by Manela's brilliant memeory, his sense of humour and most importantly, the lack of self-aggrandizement that usually occurs in autobiographies. Mandela situated himself amidst the struggle and not above it, providing useful insights into the intricate and complex relationship between the white minority and oppressed majority. It also revealed the extent of foreign intervention in both entrenching and the later removal of the white government. It is true that the plight of the blacks in South Africa has not ended with their assumption of power and civil strifes (typical of post-independance countries in Africa) are continuing to threaten peace yet an understanding of the history of South Africa should start with Africans themselves. Manela is the best starting point.
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am 12. Juli 2015
This is an interesting piece that portrays the struggle of a country to independence from one persons perspective. It gives a lot of details information and thereby also pays tribune to many characters that are not as popular and maybe forgotten in contrast to its famous writer.
I would advise to read it if one is very interested in South African history, wants to get a detailed overview of what happened and what did not, also in light of the countries current situation.
Personally i liked the part where Mandela is still rather young and the part where he is in prison most, as it seems to be most authentic, and relatively short. In other parts of the book it can get a bit tiering as he really puts a lot of detail into it.

Therefore:
- interesting read for SA fans and to check details
- otherwise a bit too long and specific
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am 21. Dezember 1999
Please allow yourself a moment to Think before you turn the first page of this manuscript: Think about your name; Think about your family; Think about the warmth of sunlight on your skin; Think about the gift you have to think; Think about things you love and tastes you cherish most; Think about someone you would never wish to live without;and then Think for just a moment, about the cause for which you'd be willing to sacrifice all of the above and so much more for a period of indescribable sufference of spirit-breaking duress. Such strength of mind is perhaps too rare for most of us to even contemplate, however welcome now to the mind that could.
This manuscript is one of the most important pieces of literature ever laid to ink - cherish it and use it to make your own world a little wiser.
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am 21. Dezember 1999
Please allow yourself a moment to Think before you turn the first page of this manuscript: Think about your name; Think about your family; Think about the warmth of sunlight on your skin; Think about the gift you have to think; Think about things you love and tastes you cherish most; Think about someone you would never wish to live without;and then Think for just a moment, about the cause for which you'd be willing to sacrifice all of the above and so much more for a period of indescribable sufference of spirit-breaking duress. Such strength of mind is perhaps too rare for most of us to even contemplate, however welcome now to the mind that could.
This manuscript is one of the most important pieces of literature ever laid to ink - cherish it and use it to make your own world a little wiser.
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am 6. Dezember 2013
The story of a great icon told in a very natural voice, spelling out his simple life growing up, the values that gave him the formidable foundation upon which he built his legacy of taking a nation from the brink of disaster to the road of hope and a future where humanity is the number one value. Mandela symbolised the soul of Africa, the tenacity of its people and the forgiving nature of their hearts. Only in the case of Josef Njike in the book Disciples of Fortune have I read of an African hero portrayed in such a human light. We come out from reading this book not only more enlightened, but also reinvigorated and even more joyful. "Kuaga, Mandela", Africa's greatest hero and enlightener, unblemished by power to the point of giving it up after having it for only four years.
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If you read only one autobiography this year, I recommend this one.

Leadership breakthroughs are few and far between. They are even rarer in the political arena. Although I had closely followed the path to an integrated democracy in South Africa (and worked hard on the anti-apartheid sanctions and boycotts), much of Nelson Mandela's struggle was hidden to me at the time. Only after the reconciliation had gone on for a number of years did it become apart how remarkable this man's contribution has been.

Recently, I read Playing the Enemy which described some of the nuances in how Mandela conceived of creating a peaceful transition through an unauthorized sole negotiation from a prison cell. Those stories impressed me even more. Now, I had to read the autobiography. And I'm glad I did.

Let me warn you, however, that Nelson Mandela is so self-effacing that the real story of what he accomplished and how he did it doesn't fully come through in the autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom. I recommend that you read Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation first.

What the autobiography will do is show the cultural and social backgrounds of the struggle and how critical it was that Mandela be a man of honor, principle, and loyalty. He was a leader for the whole nation even when many people didn't want him to be in the nation. It's a remarkable way to be, a way that few people can accomplish.

The apartheid system was as vile a way to treat citizens as anything that has come along since Germany in the 1930s. It's hard to imagine that it arose after World War II and was so difficult to break.

The treatment of the African National Congress's leaders will appall you. Their grace will delight you.

May every nation have a Nelson Mandela to lead it!
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am 10. Oktober 2013
Auf einer Südafrika-Reise war ich auch auf Robben Island, wo Nelson Mandela jahrelang in politischer Haft einsass. Die anschaulichen Erklärungen des Führers, der selbst als politischer Gefangener auf Robben Island war, veranlassten mich, tiefer in die jüngere Geschichte dieses faszinierenden Landes einzutauchen.
Das Buch ist lang (über 500 Seiten, aber das spielt auf dem Kindle zumindest gewichtsmäßg ja keine Rolle) und sehr personenreich, besonders in der ersten Hälfte verliert man leicht den Überblick. Später konzentriert es sich dann mehr auch die naturgemäß kleinere Zahl von Mitgefangenen, so dass es leichter wird.
Wer sich für Südafrika interessiert und ein wenig Zeit hat, sollte dieses Buch kaufen. Empfehlenswert.
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am 5. Juli 1999
I have to admit that I began reading this book with aprehension, thinking that it was going to be dry and full of slogans. However, I was immediately surprised by Mandela's clear and concise style and his immense humanity. Mandela gives credit to those who deserve it and criticizes in a measured way those who opposed him. His exposition of what apartheid was and of the details of his struggle along with other black and white South Africans is, in many ways, heartwrenching, but--in part because one knows the outcome--one never loses hope. The book should be read not only as an important historical document, but as a text to teach tolerance among races. I cannot recommend it enough.
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am 7. August 2014
Diese Autobiographie liest sich wie ein Märchen, wie eine Geschichte aus einer anderen Welt. Es ist bislang die einzige Autobiographie, die ich gelesen habe. Daher war ich überrascht, wie fesselnd so etwas sein kann. Aber das liegt sicherlich nicht nur an der Erzählkunst, sondern auch an dem unglaublich bewegten Leben, das Nelson Mandela hatte. Wer mehr über Mandela, die Apartheid in Südafrika und den Kampf gegen sie wissen möchte, sich aber vor trockenen Geschichtsbüchern fürchtet, ist hier richtig. Bei aller Ernsthaftigkeit des Themas macht es doch Spaß, dieses Buch zu lesen. Dies gilt zumindest für die englischsprachige Ausgabe. Über eine deutsche Fassung kann ich nichts sagen.
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am 15. Februar 2000
This book, A long walk to Freedom, was undoubtedly a very well written book. The life of Nelson Mandela appeared in vivid colors and it was simply amazing. I very much enjoyed the stories of Nelson going through schooling, and most of all I enjoyed the very ending of the book because it had the most amazing quotes to ponder. I wrote them down right away. This book is definitely one to recommend because it is real. The details add significance to even the littlest occurrances in Nelson Mandela's life. Simply it was a fantastic story about a strong man fighting for his freedom. He had the will to survive. What more of an inspirational book could someone ask for!
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