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Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
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Dec 02, 10

bookshelves: biography, nonfiction
Read in December, 2010

It's a pretty long book and dragged a little at times, but overall, certain sections in the book, especially near the end, were truly inspiring and make it worth reading.

I saw that it was not just my freedom that was curtailed, but the freedom of everyone who looked like I did. That is when I joined the African National Congress, and that is when the hunger for my own freedom became the greater hunger for the freedom of my people. It was this desire for the freedom of my people to live their lives with dignity and self-respect that animated my life, that transformed a frightened young man into a bold one, that drove a law-abiding attorney to become a criminal, that turned a family-loving husband to live like a monk. I am no more virtuous or self-sacrificing than the next man, but I found that I could not enjoy the poor and limited freedoms I was allowed when I knew my people were not free.
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