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 think reading about people’s lives reminds us that it is very difficult to categorize or judge anyone, ever, when their intentions are ultimately good, even when misguided.

A comprehensive view on apartheid, however, misses the Afrikaner perspective. It’s a fascinating subject. It’s not neccessary to catalogue every last conversation or contact Mandela made in his life. It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.

Nov 24, L rated it really liked it Shelves: Paperbackpages.

From his early days, through childhood, the struggle, imprisonment and then freedom. In the biogrqphy of prison, detached from political temptations – stages, megaphones, newspapers, crowds, business suits – and restricted to contact with his colleagues only, he could, as he himself described, learn and see his person as others did [ One of the situations he handled really well was inwhen Chris Hani, the General Secretary of the Communist Party and former commander of MK, who was see as the second most popular black leader, was shot dead in Boksburg, near Johannesburg.

I took a class in law school about Mandela- he was a lawyer, did you know?

I realized that I don’t know very much about Mr. De Klerk denied this, and said that he had been unable to restrain the third force, even though he wanted to. Lists with This Book.


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He has “grown up in Public” No matter how the authorities tried to squash his voice, we are privy to so much of his own writings and his amazing evolution during the monastic like time in prison–over two decades.

View all 3 comments. Not likely to read this straight through because hte its length, but I’m going to try. This is where I found the biography to smapson most informative.

Retrieved from ” https: Day here in America, I read a good portion of Aanthony. 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 He continued to say that the first people to die are the optimists.

Authirized recently read good to great and Anthony Sampson was another fascinating character. This book gives a comprehensive account of Mandela’s political career, his role in the ANC and the S. Working together with deKlirk would be like having Obama stay on board while Trump is president Him and his prison mates persevered, survived, and flourished through harsh conditions and inadequate food.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. 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.

Yesterday being Martin Zuthorized King, Jr. 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. Good for a general overview of the man himself and the evolution of the ANC.

I just couldn’t keep my interest up with reading sessions of minutes.

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They felt rather forgotten. This biography goes well with a collection of his own writings and sayings: For example, there are no speeches.


He has been, without doubt, one of the most important figures in global history. 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. Yet the information becomes tedious.

The real astonishing feat of Nelson Mandela came after his release from prison, where he managed to negotiate an end to apartheid and hold his country together, despite the threat of Civil War, which seemed very real in the early 90s.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Mar 01, Fraser rated it really liked it. Books by Anthony Sampson. The book was one of the first to examine such issues as Winnie Mandela saampson crimes, and State President Frederik Willem de Klerk ‘s suspected attempts to anthkny the security forces to derail peace talks.

Sampson’s book was published infive years after Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom.

Mandela: The Authorised Biography

I should admit, I didn’t finish it. This professor actually KNEW alot of the political figures mentioned in this biography. Other editions – View all Mandela: 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. The main charges against the ANC was that it was communist and promoted violence.