Summary of Long Walk to Freedom

The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

Little, Brown,
First Edition: 1994 more...

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Long Walk to Freedom book summary
Nelson Mandela’s candid, heroic life story inspires, informs and instructs


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Reading this firsthand, contemporaneous account of Nelson Mandela’s life is an extraordinary opportunity. Mandela, a South African freedom fighter and a political prisoner for 27 years, tells his own saga of how he helped his black countrymen throw off their apartheid chains, how the African National Congress waged and won its struggle, and how he became his nation’s first black president. Learn all this and more, directly from the living legend who brought it to pass. getAbstract recommends this compelling autobiography, an inside view of South Africa’s struggle and the revered Mandela’s unique political life.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How Nelson Mandela survived 27 years in jail for armed opposition to apartheid
  • How he and the African National Congress defeated apartheid
  • How he became South Africa’s first black president


The Birth of the “Troublemaker”
Nelson Mandela was born on July 18, 1918, in a small village in South Africa’s Transkei region. His father named him Rolihlahla, which colloquially translates to “troublemaker” in Xhosa. This moniker proved prophetic. Mandela was born to a noble lineage...
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About the Author

After 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela became president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.

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