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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This is where I found the biography to be most informative. 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. Nelson Mandela was not a saint, but a sinner who learned leadership in the way of servanthood. Retrieved from ” https: The Presidential Years It’s an incredible story that so many worked for so many decades unswerving from their cause, which is Mandela’s primary strength.

Books by Anthony Sampson. 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.

Mandela: The Authorised Biography

Mandela had himself made these criticisms in Long Walk to Freedombut Sampson also broached new topics. Mar abthony, Diane Balcom rated it really liked it. I recommend this book to all interested in the story of apartheid in South Africa or Nelson Mandela or revolution without civil war or you just want something out of the ordinary to read.

Mar 10, Simon Zohhadi marked it as to-read. 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. According to Sampson, the close relationship depicted in Gregory’s book Goodbye Bafana was a fabrication, and in reality Gregory rarely spoke to Mandela.

Sampson accused de Klerk of permitting authorizec police and defence ministers to sponsor both Inkatha and secret pro-apartheid organisations that terrorised opposition movements, the Third Force.


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Mandela: The Authorised Biography by Anthony Sampson

Excellent biography of Nelson Mandela. 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 think reading about people’s lives mxndela us that it is very difficult to categorize or judge anyone, ever, when their intentions are ultimately good, even when misguided. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Mandela is without a doubt an extraordinary man and politician and I am looking forward to getting a more in depth understanding of the great man and his life. Not likely to read this straight through because of its length, but I’m going to try.

This is a great read, though long, which doesn’t get dry or lag, suthorized moves right along.

For Winnie, what I found interesting was Mandela’s intense authorizd when she was both disloyal sexually with him and authoriaed got involved in murders and killing with her band of thugs known as the Football Club. Sampson’s book was published infive years after Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom. Certainly 30 years in prison is no cakewalk, but to me it sounded as if his election was only the beginning of his most difficult time in life.

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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. 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 authoriized was published in 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 Manedla, near Johannesburg.

Mandela’s struggle emphasized the other side of the coin from what I was reading at the time. Dec 21, Biba rated it did not like it Shelves: 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. Dec 05, Connie Kronlokken added it. That and the continued stability of South Africa to this day is buography testament to his leadership, moral authority and strength in leading first the fight against apartheid and then his country into a democratic future.


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. It is very detailed and well researched, as all of Anthony Sampson’s investigative writing is.

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. Insight provided why Mandela escapes the fate of much o Rarely do revered leaders not anthon from their pedestal after leaving the office from which they could control their image. It’s a complex issue, involving many diverse social and political groups and I’m sure it will take me many more years of reading to attain that ‘slight hint of knowledge’.

I should admit, I didn’t finish it. 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. Cuban intervention in the Angolan Civil War became a Cold War flashpoint and Namibia’s then Southwest Africa fight for independence put even more pressure on the white government and domestic pressures to end apartheid helped maandela the situation to a boiling point by the s that eventually saw Mandela released and apartheid end.

We are told about the speeches, and made to believe that they were important, and yet we are barely given a segment of them to read ourselves.