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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Henley to a cellmate of his. The book was one of the first to examine such issues as Winnie Mandela ‘s crimes, and State President Frederik Willem de Klerk ‘s suspected attempts to use the security forces to derail biohraphy talks.

Mandela: The Authorised Biography by Anthony Sampson

Their importance and influence cannot be understated. Anthony Sampson is stronger cataloguing the earlier part of Mandela’s career, when I believe he had more bilgraphy knowledge of events; I got the sense he was eliding quite a bit in his look at Mandela’s political career and personal life after his release from prison. He continued to say that the first people to die are the optimists. Anthony Sampson documents Mandela’s life in st As one of the most important political figures of the 20th century, it’s no suprise that the autobiography of Nelson Mandela weighs in authofized over pages.

I actually thought there was more of this than just his one page but maybe not De Klerk also permitted Inkatha supporters to carry “traditional weapons” in their rallies, with which they caused much injury.

What a sad story. Mandela also handled several situations extremely well Refresh and try again. For example, there are no speeches. This failure to renounce violence only perpetrated criticism of Mandela and the ANC as merely a terrorist organization and made it all too easy for the apartheid government to use them as a whipping boy to maintain their hold on power.


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

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. 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.

I read that the political prisoners on Robben Island hated the U. Sampson seems to think that more content equals more quality. Biograhy biography of Nelson Mandela. What I also found interesting was his relationship with Authorrized and his actual attempt at governance after he endured so much. This story has an epic sense of the Hero’s Life while capturing what makes him so human.

Part two’s opening chapter ‘Master of my Fate’ lists the undeniable benefits: Rarely do revered leaders not fall from their pedestal after leaving the office from which they could control their image. Not that he was unsuccessful, he succeeded in establishing, peacefully, a multi-racial government, which is huge.

This is where I found the biography to be most informative. Long after his presidency of South Africa, Nelson Mandela remained an inspirational figure to millions — both in his homeland and far beyond. Likewise there are no complete letters, and the longest quote runs for half a page.

Sampson’s book was published infive years after Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom. Books by Anthony Sampson. The Rise and Fall of Corporate Life,etc. 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 taught the Victorian poem “Invictus” by W. It is never my custom to use words lightly. The Authorised Biography by Anthony Sampson. Return to Book Page. It anhony for me some of the confusing conflicts in South Africa and explained the private problems which went on behind aauthorized engaging politician’s life.


No trivia or quizzes yet. I should admit, I didn’t finish it. mzndela

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Popular perception, at least in my head seems to think that Mandela has been presented to the world as a sort of Gandhi-like, Martin Luther King Jr-type of figure.

Mandela: The Authorised Biography

I think the “Long Walk to Freedom” will surely have to be on my list very soon! Painful passages in Mandela’s life are mentioned but not really assessed in depth.

Herein lie the importance and genius of Nelson Mandela. The depth of information is incredible. Other editions – View all Mandela: Not to be confused with Nelson 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 madnela way, I found the book lacking and biased.

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Were they communists, as many more conservative critics of the ANC and Mandela had charged? Mandela’s struggle emphasized the other side of the coin from what I was reading at the time. Account Options Sign in.