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Mandela: The Authorised Biography is a study of Nelson Mandela, the former President of South Africa, by the late journalist Anthony Sampson. Sampson’s book. Widely considered to be the most important biography of Nelson Mandela, Antony Sampson’s remarkable book has been updated with an afterword by. Perhaps no living historical figure, with the possible exception of Pope John Paul II, enjoys the worldwide honor and affection accorded Nelson Mandela. All the.

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It uncovered for me some of the confusing conflicts in South Africa and explained the private problems which went on behind the anhhony politician’s life. He also reveals many features of the apartheid system that have hitherto been hidden, and describes the changing attitudes of big business to the ANC and to Mandela himself.

It’s as if Sampson couldn’t make the decision of what to include and what to leave out, so he left it up to the reader to pick out the useful information. But Sampson seems to realize his mistake towards the latter part of Mandela’s life, which is his biggest mistake.

Were they communists, as many more conservative critics of the ANC and Mandela had charged? I’m also still not sure I got much of a sense of Mandela as a person, as opposed to Mandela the politician, though I can’t quite decide if that was a function of Sampson as biographer or of Mandela’s own tendency towards reserve.

Aside from a few photographs, almost no primary source material has been reprinted in this book. Mandela’s struggle emphasized the other side authoriezd the coin from what I was reading at the time. Their importance and influence cannot be understated. Account Options Sign in. I think Nelson Mandela is the only living person I feel in awe of as a human being.

This is where I found the biography to be most informative. Historically, I believe the book gives a good overview of Mandela’s role in the struggle against apartheid. This brick of a biography provides a very comprehensive account of the political career of Nelson Mandela, his involvement in the ANC, and madnela anti-apartheid movement. I actually thought there was more of this than just his one page but maybe not Mar 15, Diane Balcom rated it really liked it.


Mandela: The Authorised Biography

Rarely do revered leaders not fall from their pedestal after leaving the office from which they could control their image. They felt rather forgotten. To ask other readers questions about Mandelaplease sign up. De Klerk also permitted Inkatha supporters to carry “traditional weapons” in their rallies, with which they caused much injury.

After reading page after page biogdaphy Mandela the child, sa,pson then Mandela the student, complete with every last tribal aquaintence, you’re ready to immerse yourself in Mandela the politician. His focus, at the cost of his family. Gregory censored the letters sent to the future President and thus discovered the details of Mandela’s personal life that he included in Goodbye Bafana.

Long after his presidency of South Africa, Nelson Anthonu remained an inspirational figure to millions — Oct 24, Amanda rated it really liked it. This is a great read, though long, which doesn’t get dry or lag, but ajthony right along. Painful passages in Mandela’s life are mentioned but not really assessed in depth. This book is well written and documented, using some firsthand information as the author was in and out of South Africa for the entire time of Mandela’s public life, some written sources, and many interviews, some by the author, and media sources.

The depth of information is incredible. This failure to renounce violence only perpetrated criticism of Mandela and the ANC as merely a terrorist organization and made it all too easy for the apartheid government to use them as a whipping boy to maintain their hold on power. In the late s Anthony Sampson spent four years in Johannesburg editing the black magazine Drum, an experience which led to a lifelong fascination with South African politics.

Perhaps the best recommendation for aspiring leaders is to spend 27 years in jail.

Excellent biography of Nelson Mandela. How he became the leader and endured after so long. Thanks for telling us about the problem. From Wikipedia, mahdela free encyclopedia.

In many cases, I had to skim pages looking for important details unless you want to spend a year studying the man, this is what you’ll have to do. Non-violent with gobs of moral authority that lead his country peacefully out of apartheid and into democracy- and while some of that is true, what surprised me was that throughout the struggle against apartheid, Mandela and the ANC never renounced the use of violence. He was a man who believed that individuals and society could never forget the past, but that the future was paved by means of forgiveness.


Mar 29, Betty rated it it was amazing Shelves: I think the “Long Walk to Freedom” will surely have to be on my list very soon! Sampson said that de Klerk had exacerbated the violence in several ways. The author presents Mandela as a genuine person, who because of his commitment to his goal of interracial democratic government, to be achieved without civil war, combined with the inner strengths he developed in prison at Robben Island, was successful in achieving his goal, in spite of missteps along the way, and in spite of the multitude of barriers thrown his way.

A comprehensive treatment of the life of the South African political prisoner, martyr, and president by journalist Sampson Company Man: He was a two-time POW survivor in the Vietnam war and he said it was important to believe that the ending will be beneficial to you but to never forget the grim reality of the situation.

His biography in the end converged with his mythology; and it was his essential integrity more than his superhuman myth which gave his story its appeal across the world,” says Sampson.

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Sampson, a prolific British journalist, has written a richly detailed hymn of praise to the famed South African freedom fighter. The main charges against the ANC was that it was communist and promoted violence.

I read that the political prisoners on Robben Island hated the U. Mandela taught the Victorian poem “Invictus” by W.

Dec 19, Kt rated it mandella was ok Shelves: Mandela was autjorized an amazing, contemporary, power struggle in the building of South Africa’s democracy.