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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I actually thought there was more of this than just his one page but maybe not It was due back at the library, but I won’t be checking it out again.

It’s the perenial problem of a biographer to choose what is written about a man with such a historic legacy. I’m up towhen they have been imprisoned for twelve years or more, with no help from the west. Not likely to read sampsoh straight through because of its length, but I’m going to try. However, what really fascinated me was the struggle in prison. Without the instigation and help of several people surrounding him, Mandela would not have become the man he is!

We are told about the speeches, and made to authorised that they were important, and yet we are barely given a segment of them to read ourselves. De Klerk denied this, and said that he had been unable to restrain the third force, even though he wanted to. You’re able to see Mandela’s subtle working of his close friends and political allies to accomplish gains for black South Africans.

For sammpson, there are no speeches. The Rise and Fall of Corporate Life,etc. I believe this is the definitive biography of Nelson Mandela. It’s an incredible story that so many worked for so many decades unswerving from their cause, which is Mandela’s primary strength. If 27 years in prison have done anything to us, it was to use the silence of solitude to make us understand how precious words are and how real speech is in its impact on the way people live and die.

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And he shined like the wise old bird that he is.

I wasn’t into the ANC and the Afrikaner political power struggle but I did find Mandela’s view on armed struggle interesting. Given those concerns, I still highly rate this informative and readable work on mandelw man who helped change the course of history for South Africa, Africa, and the world.

I enjoyed this book so much more than “Conversations with Myself”. More of a character study would have been appropriate. Historically, I believe the book gives a good overview bography Mandela’s role in the struggle against apartheid. There’s much to learn about many areas, from Mandela himself and from others.

Mandela: The Authorised Biography

He believed that armed struggle was a useful tool in providing leverage to change. Jul 27, Tom Nixon rated samppson it was amazing. This big biography covers a big man.

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 The biography is informative; no one can doubt that.

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.

The book is well researched and written. Preview — Mandela by Anthony Sampson.

Not that he was unsuccessful, he succeeded in establishing, peacefully, a multi-racial government, which is huge. 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.

He wrote, “A white man, full of prejudice and hate, came to our country and committed a deed so foul that our whole nation now teeters on the brink of disaster. One of the very few who exceeded the myth.


I remember South Africa’s first post-apartheid elections in I read that the political prisoners on Robben Island hated the U.

Day here in Sampsson, I read a good portion of Mandela. Mar 15, Diane Balcom rated it really liked it. For Winnie, what I found interesting was Mandela’s intense loyalty when she was both disloyal sexually with him and also got involved in murders and Fascinating book.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Obviously so much more complete, but so well written, very objectively and yet still a sense of real knowledge about the subject. Mandela also handled several situations extremely well Mar 10, Ciaran Mcfadden sampsno it it was amazing. Next on my list is his autobiography; so, until smapson 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.

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He was on the staff of the Observer in the s and his bestselling books have been translated into over 15 languages. They felt rather forgotten. I recommend this book biogeaphy all interested in the story of apartheid in South Authorizsd or Nelson Mandela or revolution without civil war or you just want something out of the ordinary to read.

Sadly my interested decreased dramatically once I left South Africa so my pace slooooooowed down. I just couldn’t keep my interest up with reading sessions of minutes.

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