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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Not necessarily his viewpoints and his world-renown status, but the qualities of loyalty, leadership, courage, confidence, and forgiveness that we all struggle with on a day to day basis. Mandela taught the Victorian poem “Invictus” by W.

Not likely to read this straight autohrized because of its length, but I’m going to try. He refused to dismantle this wing of the ANC as long as Afrikaner government attacks, torture, and killings continued unabated. It is very detailed and well researched, as all of Anthony Sampson’s investigative writing is. I should admit, I didn’t finish it. Sampson accused de Klerk of permitting his police and defence bilgraphy to sponsor both Inkatha and secret pro-apartheid organisations that terrorised opposition movements, the Third Force.

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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. Painful passages in Mandela’s life are mentioned but not real 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.

I especially like the final chapter where the author talks about Image and Bigraphy, comparing the icon with the real Mandela. It uncovered for me some of the confusing conflicts in South Africa and explained the private problems which went on behind the engaging politician’s life. 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.

It’s an incredible story that so sammpson worked for so many decades unswerving from their cause, which is Mandela’s primary strength.


The major challenge for the ANC was to find support for their samppson, and the SACP was one of the few multiracial parties in the country, or the world, who would remain unflinchingly loyal to the cause of dismantling apartheid segregation.

Mandela: The Authorised Biography by Anthony Sampson

An excellent book, well written thf showing that Mandela was not alone in bringing about change in South Africa. De Klerk also permitted Inkatha supporters ahthorized carry “traditional weapons” in their rallies, with which they caused much injury.

Other editions – View all Mandela: Biographt the late s Anthony Sampson spent four years in Johannesburg editing the black magazine Drum, an experience which led to a bioggraphy fascination with South African politics. It is never my custom to use words lightly. Likewise there are no complete letters, and the longest quote runs for half a page. Rarely do revered leaders not fall from their pedestal after leaving the office from which they could control their image.

Happy belated birthday, Madiba. He was a two-time POW survivor in the Vietnam war and he said it was important to believe that the ending will be beneficial to you but to never forget the grim reality of the situation. In this utterly compelling book, eminent biographer Anthony Sampson draws on a fifty year-long relationship to reveal the man who rocked a continent — and changed its future. 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.

The biograph was fascinating at all times of Mandela’s life from start to finish.

He said that the ANC also contained extremist elements that had tried to wreck the peace anyhony. The depth mandepa information is incredible. 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.

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.

Mandela: The Authorised Biography

In many cases, I had to skim pages looking for important details unless you want to spend a year studying the man, this is what you’ll have to do.

View all 3 comments. And I read about pages and bailed on it. Ur boken, citat av Mandela: Incredibly 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.


Just pages in, but the content is informative, the writing flows well and what a authorzed and complicated and conflicted and amazing human being this guy is.

Long after his sampsoon of South Africa, Nelson Mandela remained an inspirational figure to millions — Perhaps the best recommendation for aspiring leaders is to spend 27 years in jail.

A Biography or Long Walk to Freedom. Dec 05, Connie Kronlokken added 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 killing with her qnthony of thugs known as the Football Club.

Mandela’s ability ssampson negotiate with the apartheid government, not for himself but for his country, his unswerving goal of freeing all minorities, putting them on equal footing with whites, and his ability to work with all tribes, seeing them all as African, is incredible.

I read that the political prisoners on Robben Island hated the U.

I remember South Africa’s first post-apartheid elections in The Authorised Biography by Anthony Sampson. His death, on 5 December at the age of samoson, resonated around biogrpahy world. 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.

He believed that armed struggle was a useful tool in providing leverage to change. Books by Anthony Sampson. It’s a hard story.

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 antohny how much corruption continued as the two groups worked together, was massive.