Essential reads on Nelson Mandela

Essential books to read on Nelson Mandela, his life and legacy

There are loads of books on the late anti-apartheid revolutionary and former South African President Nelson Mandela. Fundiswa Nkwanyana gives us a roundup  of essential reads on Nelson Mandela  that give in-depth insight into his life.

Long walk to freedom

This self-written autobiography details his life from early childhood, living under apartheid and his imprisonment in Robben Island. The book takes a deeper look at who the freedom fighter really is as he writes about his personal matters like his marriages and family life. His unrelenting quest to fight for equality is clearly evident in this book.

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Nelson Mandela: In His Own Words

Madiba made a lot of speeches that touched people and changed their perspectives. This book is a collection of all the memorable speeches that he made throughout his life. There are speeches about reconciliation, education and about the struggle for freedom to name a few.

Conversations with Myself

This book showcases never seen before materials from his journal, letters written from Robben Island and draft for speeches. It gives us a look into the private life of the late former President and you get to know him better.

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Mandela: The Life of Nelson Mandela  

The book celebrates his life and includes a collection of photographs throughout various stages of his life. The pictures are great because you get to see Mandela in ways that you have never seen before.