Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela by Nelson Mandela

By Nelson Mandela

A global hero, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, and chief of South Africa's antiapartheid move chronicles his lifestyles, together with his tribal years, his time spent in criminal, and his go back to lead his humans. 175,000 first printing. significant ad/promo.

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