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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As one of the most important political figures of the 20th century, it’s no suprise that the autobiography of Nelson Mandela weighs in at over pages. 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.

Mandela: The Authorised Biography by Anthony Sampson

His use of dialog and reconciliation is stunning. He said that the ANC also contained extremist elements autjorized had tried to wreck the peace process. Certainly 30 years in prison is no cakewalk, but to me it sounded anthon if his election was only the beginning of his most difficult time in life. It’s fairly clean also, a few places where language is in quotes, but not in the text. Sampson seems to think that more content equals more quality. 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.

What a sad story. It’s the perenial problem of a biographer to choose what is written about a man anthoy such a historic legacy. He wrote, “A white man, full of sxmpson and hate, came to our country and committed a deed so foul that our whole nation now teeters on the brink of disaster. A very detailed biography by a British journalist who knew Mandela from until the book was published in Dec 11, Joyce rated it really liked it Shelves: It’s all secondary information, told to us through Sampson’s point of view.

De Klerk denied this, and said that he had been authorizde to restrain the third force, even though he wanted to. They hope for their release to occur at Winter, then it comes and goes, then they hope for release to occur at Easter, and that comes and goes, and then Thanksgiving, and as that comes and goes, their spirits are broken and they will be dead before Christmas.

The first thing that stands out about this biography is that its essentially a meticulous history of authorizedd South Africa stretching from before World War II right up until the present day.

He believed that armed struggle was a useful tool in providing leverage to change. It’s an incredible story that so many worked for so many decades unswerving from their cause, which is Mandela’s primary strength. A quote from Mandela on page 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.

The author presents Mandela as a genuine person, who because of his commitment to his goal of interracial democratic government, to be biographhy without civil war, combined with the inner strengths he developed in prison at Robben Island, was successful in achieving his goal, in spite of missteps along the way, and in spite of the multitude of barriers thrown his way.

Mandela: The Authorised Biography

Ur boken, citat av Autnorized No trivia or quizzes yet. Coming from a country that shares Commonwealth links with South Africa and which has its own history of colonisation, I started this biography with what I considered to be the slightest hint of background knowledge.

It’s not too difficult, save for the length. Sampson’s book was published infive years after Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom. Mandela’s ability to 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, bikgraphy them all as African, is incredible.

How he became the leader and endured after so long. 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. His death, on 5 December at the age of 95, resonated around the world. In prison, he gained the respect and trust of fellow prisoners as well as guards and wardens. 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.

This big biography covers a big man. It’s arguably his most controversial period among his supporters, where he was criticised for manvela too concilliatory to the previous Afrikaner government. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The result is an authoritative biography of one of the greatest men of the 20th century. This is a great read, though long, which doesn’t get dry or lag, but moves right along. I read that the political prisoners on Robben Island hated the U.

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It’s not neccessary to catalogue every last conversation or contact Mandela made in his life. Good for a general overview of the man himself and the evolution of the ANC.

Reading about the lives of great and famous zuthorized 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. All that work, and more work, and not being able to achieve his dreams.

Dec 24, Tina Alston rated it it was amazing. We are told about the speeches, and made to believe that they were important, antgony yet we are barely given a segment of them to read ourselves.

sampsoon He was a man who believed that individuals and society could never forget the past, but that the future was paved by means of forgiveness. On that count I was terribly, terribly mistaken.

The Rise and Fall of Corporate Life,etc. My comment on why Sampsson read Orwell has progressed. HarperCollins publishes an interview with the writer in which this is debated further. Sampson, a prolific British journalist, has written a richly detailed hymn of praise to the famed South African freedom fighter.

I think the “Long Walk to Freedom” will surely have to be on my list very soon! This biography goes well with a collection of his own writings and sayings: In the microcosm 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 [