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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Oct 24, Amanda rated it really liked it. Next on my list is his autobiography; so, until then A Biography or Long Walk to Freedom. 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.

I think Nelson Mandela is the only living person I feel in awe of as a human being. His life moves from the poor tribal villages of South Africa, to the bustling city streets, to Robben Island, the prison where he spent two decades locked up by the Afrikaner government, and finally to the stately manors of the government he led.

It’s a complex issue, involving many diverse social and political groups and I’m sure it will take me many This book gives a comprehensive account of Mandela’s political career, his role in the ANC and the S. 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. A very detailed biography by a British journalist who knew Mandela from until the book was published in It is very detailed and well researched, as all of Anthony Sampson’s investigative writing is.


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. It’s an incredible story that so many worked for so many decades unswerving from their cause, which is Mandela’s primary strength. The main charges against the ANC was that it was communist and promoted violence.

Mar 29, Betty rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is a great read, though long, which doesn’t get dry or lag, but moves right along. Apr 27, Willy rated it liked it. 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.

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. 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. Preview — Mandela by Anthony Sampson. They felt rather forgotten. But Sampson seems to realize his mistake towards the latter part of Mandela’s life, which is his biggest mistake.

I realized that I don’t know very much about Mr. There’s much to consider between ideology and the practical workings of government. My comment on why I read Biogralhy has progressed. It’s a fascinating subject. Oct 19, Scott rated it it was amazing. On that count I was terribly, terribly mistaken. Happy belated birthday, Madiba.

Mandela: The Authorised Biography

Not likely to read this straight through because of its length, but I’m going to try. 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.


I recently read good to great and Anthony Sampson was another fascinating character. Working together with deKlirk would be like having Obama stay on board while Trump is president It seems sacrilegious to give a book about Nelson Mandela 1 star, but authorizwd articulated on too many uninteresting topics.

Everything you ever wanted to know about Mandela but fhe afraid to ask in a detailed, meticulous biography that illuminates Mandela’s life and accomplishments to the reader 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.

Finished Part 1 before Christmas.

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How he became the leader and endured after so long. However, what really fascinated me was the struggle in prison.

Herein lie the importance and genius of Nelson Mandela. 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.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. But Sampson leaves out a sampsob chunk of the political Mandela, focusing more on his personal life during these times.

Very well written and very detailed.

He was a man who believed that anthon and society could never forget the past, but that the future was paved by means of forgiveness. I believe this is the definitive biography of Nelson Mandela. It’s not too difficult, save for the length. Views Read Edit View history.