The whole world mourned when Nelson Mandela passed away in 2013, as he was considered one of the greatest political figures in the 20th century. A philanthropist at heart, Mandela fought non-stop to bring South Africa out of the shadow of apartheid rule and foster racial reconciliation and democracy for all South Africans. It was a seemingly insurmountable act that saw him facing imprisonment for 27 long years before he released in 1990. Yet he became the president of South Africa in 1994 and successfully dismantled institutionalized apartheid to usher in a new age of democracy and tolerance in his beloved country.
His journey to presidency was chronicled in A Long Walk to Freedom, but his most challenging years has to be during his presidency and although he drafted a second volume of his autobiography, he was not able to publish it during his lifetime. The task was taken up by Mandla Langa, who skillfully compiled Mandela’s draft into a compelling autobiography worthy of such a great man. Dare Not Linger traces Mandela’s journey through his presidential years and the challenges he faced as president of a fragile country that was scarred by the horror of apartheid to emerge as a new face of democracy in the 20th century.
– Review by Huda
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