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Long Walk to Freedom
Author Nelson Mandela
Cover artist Allan Tannenbaum
Country South Africa
Language English
Subject Autobiography
Genre Non-fiction
Publisher Macdonald Purnell
Publication date
Media type Print (hardback and paperback)
Pages 630 pp
ISBN 0-316-87496-5
OCLC 39296287

Long Walk to Freedom is an autobiography written by President of South Africa Nelson Mandela. It was published in 1995.


The book is about his early life, his education and serving 27 years in prison. Under the apartheid government, Mandela was thought as a terrorist and jailed on the infamous Robben Island for his role as a leader of the then-outlawed ANC. He also say that democracy meant all men to be heard and far from majority rule, a minority was not crushed by a majority.[1]

He has since gained international recognition for his leadership as president in rebuilding the country's once segregated society. The last chapters of the book describe his political ascension, and his belief that the struggle continues against apartheid in South Africa.[2]

A movie based on this book was released in 2013 called Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Idris Elba played Mandela.

More reading

  • Anthony Sampson Mandela: The Authorised Biography; HarperCollins; ISBN 0-00-638845-0(1999)
  • Nelson Mandela; Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela; Little Brown & Co; ISBN 0-316-54818-9 (paperback, 1995)


  1. Long Walk to Freedom, p 29
  2. Spencer, Clare. "The pitfalls of naming places after famous people". BBC News. 29 July 2011.

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