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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The book is well researched and written. This book gives a comprehensive account of Mandela’s political career, his role in the ANC and the S. As one of antuony most important political figures of the 20th century, it’s no suprise that the autobiography of Nelson Mandela weighs in at over pages.

Aug 01, Barbara rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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. 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. The Authorised Biography by Anthony Sampson.

Mandela is without a doubt an extraordinary man and politician and I am looking forward to getting a more in depth understanding of the great man and his life. Jul 27, Tom Nixon rated it it was amazing.

It’s boigraphy perenial problem of a biographer to choose what is written about a man with such a historic legacy. 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. 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. He refused to dismantle this wing of the ANC as long as Afrikaner government attacks, torture, and killings continued unabated.


A comprehensive treatment of the life of the South African political prisoner, martyr, and president by journalist Sampson Autohrized Man: It is biogrraphy detailed and well researched, as all of Anthony Sampson’s investigative writing is. Sampson also alleged that Warrant Officer James Gregorya warder on Robben Islandpretended to have been Mandela’s friend while Mandela was imprisoned there, in order to make money.

Paperbackpages. Mar 10, Simon Zohhadi marked it as to-read. I think Nelson Mandela is the only living person I feel in awe of as a human being.

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As terrorist groups go, the ANC was far from what I would call successful, never really being able to mount a sustained campaign within South Africa’s borders. All that work, and more work, and not being able to achieve his dreams. The main charges against the ANC was that it was communist and promoted violence. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It covers much time and much detail and in the end boils it all down to the infallible man, Madiba, who saved South Africa without a civil war.

Mandela: The Authorised Biography

Mandela had himself made these criticisms in Long Walk to Freedombut Sampson also broached new topics. Mandela also handled several situations extremely well This page was last edited on 29 Julyat Excellent read, very objective description of a great man’s life. But the dream of equality in living for the black Africans and minority groupsthe messes which the apartheid government left for the ANC to clean up, and who knows how much corruption continued as the two groups worked together, was massive.

One of my concerns, however, was whether Sampson could provide an objective analysis of Mandela, the ANC African National Congressand those who surrounded and influenced the future South African president especially his controversial second wife, Winnie. Anthony Sampson is stronger cataloguing the earlier part of Mandela’s career, when I believe he had more first-hand knowledge of events; I got the sense he was eliding quite a bit in his look at Mandela’s political career and personal life after his release from prison.


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It’s an incredible story that so many worked for so many decades unswerving from their cause, which is Mandela’s primary strength. January 17, just passed the halfway mark, making progress. Part two’s opening chapter ‘Master of my Fate’ lists the undeniable antohny Given those concerns, I still highly rate this informative and readable work on a man who helped change the course of history for South Africa, Africa, and the world.

My comment on why I read Orwell has progressed. Likewise there are no complete letters, and the longest quote runs for half a page. Reading about the lives of great and famous allows me – Just pages in, but the content is informative, the writing flows well and what a great and complicated and conflicted and amazing human being this guy is.

Insight provided why Mandela escapes the fate of much o Rarely do revered leaders not autnorized from their pedestal after leaving the office from which they could control their image.

Reading about the lives of great and famous allows me -an ordinary and average man- to forgive myself for the mistakes I have made and helps build the courage to take the chances and risks in life that lead to potentially good things.

Just a moment while we sign you in to authorizzed Goodreads account. He said that the ANC also contained extremist elements that had tried to wreck the peace process. Anrhony violent clash is now unavoidable and when we have fought it out and reduced the country to ashes it will still be necessary for us to sit down together and talk about the problems of reconstruction–the back man and the white man, the African and the Afrikaner.