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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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From his early days, through childhood, the struggle, imprisonment and then freedom. Biographer Anthony Sampson had the advantage of knowing Mandela sinceand had unlimited access to information, papers, and correspondence unavailable to many other historians at that time. I realized that I don’t know very much about Mr. 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.

I especially like the final chapter where the author talks about Image and Reality, comparing the icon with the real Mandela.

The reactions of monarchs, other heads of hhe as well as his enemies reveals the proud and wise regal demeanor of this man.

But back to Mandela. I remember hearing the stories about the life of Nelson Mandela and how he had lead the fight against apartheid and spent nearly two decades in prison.

Retrieved from ” https: This brick of a biography provides a very comprehensive account of the political career of Nelson Mandela, his involvement in the ANC, and the anti-apartheid movement. Sampson also said that other warders, specifically Christo Brand, had told him in interviews that they suspected Gregory of spying for the government.

He was arrested for his involvement with the ANC, which the Afrikaner apartheid government had declared to be illegal.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. In addition to covering his years before, during and after his incarceration, the author assesses Mandela’s impact as President on South Africa and the world. 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.

Oct 19, Scott rated it it was amazing. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Great that it’s so comprehensive; as an economic historian, didn’t really offer much into his policies or his political or economic successes or failures, and in that way, I found the book lacking and biased. What a sad story. Anthony Sampson documents Mandela’s life in startling detail, which in some cases is the problem. 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.

Excellent biography of Nelson Mandela. Sampson, who spent decades in South Africa mandfla a journalist first met Nelson Mandela in and was given unprecedented access to Mandela’s papers and accounts of his time in jail in what is billed as an ‘authorized biography. Mandela considered suing Gregory, but refrained from authogized so when the Prison Department distanced itself from Gregory’s book. The first thing that stands out about this biography is that its essentially a meticulous history of contemporary South Africa stretching from before World War II right up until the present day.

Yesterday being Martin Luther King, Jr. The Authorised Biography by Anthony Sampson. For Winnie, msndela 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. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Good to read about the nuances that we didn’t get in the news. January 17, just passed the halfway mark, making progress. All that work, and more work, and not being able to achieve his dreams.


Well, yes mandla no. Not that he was unsuccessful, he succeeded in establishing, peacefully, a multi-racial government, which is huge. Dec 21, Biba rated it did not like it Shelves: Sampson also alleged that Warrant Viography James Gregorya warder on Ajthony Islandpretended to have been Mandela’s friend while Mandela was imprisoned there, in order to make money. The author has known Mandela since the s, and has been given complete access to all his personal papers, to Mandela himself, and to his friends and political associates, to write the full story of Mandela’s life.

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It uncovered for me some mamdela the confusing conflicts in South Africa and explained the private problems which went on behind the engaging politician’s life. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Resistance by peaceful means can change the world. Sampson’s book was published infive years after Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom. So, I ran to the local book store and snagged a biography of what the Boston Globe accurately called ‘one of the century’s most extraordinary lives.

Painful passages in Mandela’s life are mentioned but not really assessed in depth.

Mandela: The Authorised Biography

Not likely to read this straight through because of its length, but I’m going to try. I wasn’t into the ANC and the Afrikaner political power struggle but I did find Mandela’s view on armed struggle interesting.

This guy didn’t become President until the same age Reagan was when he left office wasn’t he like, ?