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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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. Sampson accused de Klerk of permitting his police and defence ministers to sponsor both Inkatha and secret pro-apartheid organisations that terrorised opposition movements, the Third Force.

Mandela’s struggle emphasized the other side of the coin from what I was reading at the time. However, appropriately because after all it is a biography of the man, the meat of this volume concerns Aythorized Mandela.

An excellent book, well autyorized and showing that Mandela was not alone in bringing about change in South Africa. Mandela considered suing Gregory, but refrained from doing so when the Prison Department distanced itself from Gregory’s book.

His success is partly due to his steadfast alliance with the ANC, his political party, and in large part due to the world economy’s reaction to apartheid. It’s a fascinating subject.

Mandela: The Authorised Biography by Anthony Sampson

But back to Mandela. This book gives a comprehensive account of Mandela’s political career, his role in the ANC and the S. Preview — Mandela by Anthony Sampson. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The author has known Mandela since the s, and has been given complete sampso to all his personal papers, to Mandela himself, and to his friends and political associates, to write the full story of Mandela’s life. Antyony provided why Mandela escapes the fate of much of his kin, is discussed, but remains shallow and leaves me wanting.


Paperbackpages. Resistance by peaceful means can change the world. It is very detailed and well researched, as all of Anthony Sampson’s investigative writing is. Apr 27, Willy rated it liked it. He believed that armed struggle was a useful tool in providing leverage to change. Excellent biography nandela Nelson Mandela. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

It’s the perenial problem of a biographer to choose what is written about a man yhe such a historic legacy. Painful passages in Mandela’s life are mentioned but not really assessed in depth. 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.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. His biography in the end converged with his mythology; and it was his essential integrity more A very detailed biography by a British journalist who knew Mandela from until the book was published in And I read about pages and bailed on it.

Views Read Edit View history. Biogrwphy human, very inspiring and full of varying perspectives, every person who reads this book will see Mandela with his achievements, failures, loyalties and shortcomings in a way that honors not only how Mandela influenced his nation and the world, but how his experiences in his struggle turned a naive tribal leader into a global leader who transcended politics, country and race.

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.

Mandela: The Authorised Biography

Him and his prison mates persevered, survived, and flourished through harsh conditions and inadequate food. View all 3 comments. Cuban intervention in the Angolan Civil War became a Cold War flashpoint and Namibia’s then Southwest Africa fight for independence put even more pressure on the white government and domestic pressures to end apartheid helped bring the situation to a boiling point by the s that eventually saw Mandela released and apartheid end.

Oct 19, Scott rated it it was amazing.


This guy didn’t become President until the same age Reagan was when he left office wasn’t he like, ? Obviously so much more complete, but so well written, very objectively and yet still a sense of real knowledge about the subject. Dec 19, Kt rated it it was ok Shelves: Early on Mandela seems to have been influenced by socialist thinkers and certainly the Communists within South Africa were important allies in the struggle against apartheid, but unlike many Communist Parties, they didn’t really take their marching orders from Moscow.

A white woman, of Afrikaner origin, risked her life so that we may know, and bring to justice, this assassin. I remember South Africa’s first post-apartheid elections in By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use mandeal Privacy Policy. Later, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission chaired by Archbishop Desmond Tutu would cite atrocities committed by both sides and supported by leaders of both factions.

Part two’s opening chapter ‘Master of my Fate’ lists the undeniable benefits: Ur boken, citat av Mandela: I remember hearing the stories about the life of Nelson Biobraphy and how he had lead the fight against apartheid and spent nearly two decades in prison.

January 17, just passed the halfway mark, making mande,a. This is where I found the biography to be most informative. His use of dialog and reconciliation is stunning. Books by Anthony Sampson. The reader gains a great understanding of Mandela’s early life, the values underlying his political work and the sacrifices he made to achieve the defeat of apartheid in S. I have always had the impression Nelson Mandela is an exception to that rule; and wondering why that is made me start reading this book.

Happy belated birthday, Madiba. Perhaps the best recommendation for aspiring leaders is to spend 27 years in jail. I actually thought there was more of this than just his one page but maybe not Need to work that out some more