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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 27 years on Robben Island by South Africa's
apartheid regime. Among the book's interesting revelations is Mandela's ambivalence toward his lifetime of devotion to
public works. It cost him two marriages and kept him distant from a family life he might otherwise have cherished. Long
Walk to Freedom also discloses a strong and generous spirit that refused to be broken under the most trying
circumstances--a spirit in which just about everybody can find something to admire.
From Publishers Weekly
Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and the first democratically elected president of South Africa, Mandela
began his autobiography during the course of his 27 years in prison.
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