One reviewer of the book “Long Walk to Freedom” wrote:
“This is the written life of one of the absolute greatest world leaders who ever lived. I had the pleasure of visiting Robben Island, where most of the tour guides were, like Mandela, political prisoners under apartheid. Words cannot describe what it felt like to actually stand inside of the jail cell that Mandela occupied. What is even more incredible is that, looking back, the man was not the least bit bitter or angry about what he went through (and who could blame him if he were?); in fact, he invited his former jailers to his 1994 inauguration as South Africa’s first black president.
If after reading this book you do not come away with a greater sense of admiration and respect for this outstanding human being, then you are not human.”
“Please allow yourself a moment to Think before you turn the first page of this manuscript: Think about your name; Think about your family; Think about the warmth of sunlight on your skin; Think about the gift you have to think; Think about things you love and tastes you cherish most; Think about someone you would never wish to live without; and then Think for just a moment, about the cause for which you’d be willing to sacrifice all of the above and so much more for a period of indescribable sufferance of spirit-breaking duress. Such strength of mind is perhaps too rare for most of us to even contemplate, however welcome now to the mind that could.
This manuscript is one of the most important pieces of literature ever laid to ink – cherish it and use it to make your own world a little wiser.”
What has this book meant to you and how has impacted how you view your trip to South Africa?