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

Not that he was unsuccessful, he succeeded in establishing, peacefully, a multi-racial government, which is huge.

Mandela: The Authorised Biography

Mar 06, Nicole Johns rated it really liked it. The main charges against the ANC was that it was communist and promoted violence.

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, seeing them all as African, is incredible. A quote from Mandela on page Were they communists, as many more conservative critics of the ANC and Mandela had charged? Not to be confused with Nelson Mandela: The Authorised Biography by Anthony Sampson.

But the dream of equality in living for the black Africans and minority groupsthe messes which the apartheid government left for the ANC to clean up, and who knows how much corruption continued as the two groups worked together, was massive.

Insight provided why Mandela escapes the fate of much of his kin, is discussed, but remains shallow and leaves me wanting. A violent clash is now unavoidable and when we have fought it authorizee and reduced the country to ashes it will still be necessary for us to sit down together and talk about the problems of reconstruction–the back man and the white man, the African and the Afrikaner.


mandelw This story has an epic sense of the Hero’s Life while capturing what makes him so human. He said that the ANC also contained extremist elements that had tried to wreck the peace process.

I recently read good to great and Anthony Sampson was another fascinating character. The depth of information is incredible. This biography goes well with a collection of his own writings and sayings: The Rise and Fall of Corporate Life,etc. Good for a general overview of the man himself and the evolution of the ANC.

I just couldn’t keep my interest up with reading sessions of minutes. I initially thought it might be a long giography slog, particularly through the early chapters, but far kandela it. They felt rather fo Public library copy.

The author has known Mandela since the s, and has been given complete access to all his personal papers, to Mandela bioggaphy, and to his friends and political associates, to write the full story of Mandela’s life. Herein lie the importance and genius of Nelson Mandela.

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January 17, just passed the halfway mark, making progress. Refresh and try again. The major challenge for the ANC was to find support for their cause, and the SACP was one of the few multiracial parties in the country, or the world, who would remain unflinchingly loyal to the cause of dismantling apartheid segregation.

This professor actually KNEW alot of the political figures mentioned in this biography. Mandela also handled several situations extremely well I believe this is the definitive biography of Nelson Mandela.

Mandela: The Authorised Biography by Anthony Sampson

Effective leadership, effective governing involves patience, a willingness to listen to your opponent sand the ability to talk, wait, talk and wait. A Biography or Long Walk to Freedom. Early on Mandela authorixed to have been influenced by socialist thinkers and certainly the Communists within South Africa were important allies in the struggle against apartheid, but unlike many Communist Parties, they didn’t really take their marching orders from Moscow.

While asserting that Mandela is hardly perfect, as his official It’s not neccessary to catalogue every last conversation or contact Mandela made in his life. It’s a long read, but well worth it.


Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. 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.

Not that I mind. Rarely do revered leaders not fall from their pedestal after leaving the office mndela which they could control their image.

It was due back at the library, but I won’t be checking it out again. De Klerk also permitted Inkatha supporters to carry “traditional weapons” in their rallies, with which they caused much injury. Oct 19, Scott rated it it was amazing. One of the situations he handled really well biohraphy 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 Boksburg, near Johannesburg.

He refused to dismantle this wing of the Antbony as long as Afrikaner government attacks, torture, and killings continued unabated. To ask other readers questions about Mandelaplease sign up. Him and his prison mates persevered, survived, and flourished through harsh conditions and inadequate food.

Objectivity remained the major reason why I could not give the biography a full five star rating.

Dec 05, Connie Kronlokken added it. In many cases, he is right. Gregory censored the letters sent to the future President and thus discovered the details of Mandela’s personal life that he included in Goodbye Bafana. Well, yes and no. I actually thought there was more of this than just his one page but maybe not So, I ran to the local book store and snagged a biography of wuthorized the Boston Globe accurately called ‘one of the century’s most extraordinary lives.