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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I enjoyed this book so much more than “Conversations with Myself”. It came with a price, that of giving up his family for his country, which Mandela himself admits.

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This selection was prompted by my brother’s recent trip to South Africa. A white woman, of Afrikaner origin, risked her life so that we may know, and bring to justice, this assassin. Aug 01, Barbara rated it it was amazing Shelves: Sampson said that de Klerk had exacerbated the violence in several ways.

Ur boken, citat av Mandela: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Lists with This Book. 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 bring the situation to a boiling point by the s that eventually saw Mandela released and apartheid end.

I initially ajthorized it might be a long hard slog, particularly through the early chapters, but far from it. Oct 19, Scott rated it it was amazing.

Mandela taught the Victorian poem “Invictus” by W. Not that he was unsuccessful, he succeeded in establishing, peacefully, a multi-racial government, which is huge. And to his credit, Sampson takes pains to illustrate Mandela’s evolution in thinking throughout his time in jail- Mandela’s imprisonment being covered in greater detail for the first time.

His death, on 5 December at the age of 95, resonated around the world. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. 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.


Not likely to read this straight through because of its length, but I’m going to try. While no one should expect a detailed political analysis in a biography, leaving out those details leaves behind a serious part of Nelson Mandella. More of a character study would have been appropriate. 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 [ Dec 24, Tina Alston rated it it was amazing.

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.

My comment on why I read Orwell has progressed. I took a class in law school about Mandela- he was a lawyer, did you know?

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

But Sampson seems to realize his mistake towards the latter part of Mandela’s life, which is his biggest mistake.

Mandela: The Authorised Biography

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 addition to covering his years before, during and after his incarceration, the author assesses Mandela’s impact as President on South Africa and the world.

It is never my custom to use words lightly. You’re able to see Mandela’s subtle working of his close friends and political allies to accomplish gains for black South Africans. The author presents Mandela as a genuine person, who because of his commitment to his goal of interracial democratic government, to be achieved 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.


Everything you ever wanted to know about Mandela but were afraid to ask in a detailed, meticulous biography that illuminates Mandela’s life and accomplishments to the reader Jul 27, Tom Nixon rated it it was amazing. 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.

There’s much to consider between ideology and the practical workings of government. Mar 29, Betty rated it it was amazing Shelves: Very well written and very detailed. Herein lie the importance and genius of Nelson Mandela. The main charges against the ANC was that it was communist and promoted violence.

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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. Mar 10, Anthonny Zohhadi marked it as to-read. How he became the leader and endured after so long. Day here in America, I read a good portion of Mandela. I should admit, I didn’t finish it. Refresh and try again.

This story has an epic sense of the Hero’s Life while autuorized what makes him so human. Gregory censored the letters sent to the future President and thus discovered the details of Mandela’s personal sakpson that he included in Goodbye Bafana.

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.