I purchased this book about six months ago and felt the need to read it after Mandela's passing. For as long as I have known of Mandela I have considered him one of my heroes, however I knew practically nothing about him. I figured I can't go around boasting about how much I admire the man unless I know more. When I first bought the book I flipped through the pages and came across names I had never heard before, towns I've never heard of, and an oppressive system I know nothing about. As an American I had no prior knowledge of Mandela, let alone South Africa, so I was intimidated by the detail and length of this book.
Like any biography the author goes over Mandela's childhood and into his teen years, then transitions into the formative adult years where Mandela's disgust of oppressive government evolved. We hear of his life fighting against the government and about his years imprisoned, his role in forming a new government while working with the same government that oppressed the South African people, and his time as president of the new system he formed. We learn not only about Mandela's life but also the system in which he grew up and the politics of the times.
One complaint I have is that in the first quarter of the book many names, towns, phrases etc. are discussed which come from various cultures and languages I am unfamiliar with and it would have been helpful to have pronunciation included. I also would have enjoyed more information on his presidential years which I think the author only skimmed through.
I believe this is the hardest book I have ever read, which made it the most satisfying as well. It is definitely a tough read and one to take seriously.
Long live Madiba!
- 语种： 英语
- ISBN: 9781847399328
- 条形码: 9781847399328
- 商品尺寸: 13 x 4.3 x 19.8 cm
- 商品重量: 499 g
- ASIN: 1847399320
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