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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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Dec 11, Uathorized rated it really liked it Shelves: However, appropriately because after all it is a biography of the man, the meat of this volume concerns Nelson Mandela. 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 peace talks.

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So, I ran to the local book store and snagged a biography of what the Boston Globe thw called ‘one of the century’s most extraordinary lives. His focus, at the cost of his family. The Rise and Fall of Corporate Life,etc. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Mandela: The Authorised Biography

View all 3 comments. This is a great read, though long, which doesn’t get dry or lag, but moves right along.

This is where I found the biography to be most informative. The biography is informative; no one can doubt that. As mabdela groups go, the ANC was far from what I would call successful, never really being able to mount a sustained campaign within South Sampsno borders.


Aug 01, Barbara rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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. Perhaps the best recommendation for aspiring leaders is to authoriezd 27 years in jail. Just over halfway, Mandela is still in prison, incredibly long imprisonment.

It seems sacrilegious to give a book about Nelson Mandela 1 star, but it articulated on too many uninteresting topics. Painful passages aythorized Mandela’s life are mentioned but not really assessed in depth. For Winnie, what I found interesting was Mandela’s intense loyalty when she was both disloyal sexually with him and also got involved in murders and killing with her band of thugs known as the Football Club.

Very well written and very detailed. Mar 29, Betty rated it it was amazing Shelves: What I also found interesting was his relationship with Winnie and his actual attempt at governance after he endured so much.

Painful passages in Mandela’s life are mentioned but not real 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.

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. I think this is the best Mandela biography out there.

Anthony Sampson documents Mandela’s life in startling detail, which in some cases is the problem. Were they communists, as many more conservative critics of the ANC and Mandela had charged? Want to Read Currently Reading Read.


I have always had the impression Nelson Mandela is an exception to that rule; and wondering why that is authorixed me start reading this book. Lists with This Book. Mandela is without a doubt an extraordinary man biographj politician and I am looking forward to getting a more in depth understanding of the great man and his life.

Mandela: The Authorised Biography – Anthony Sampson – Google Books

Sampson seems to think that more content equals more quality. Reading biogrpahy the lives of great and famous allows 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.

This book is well written and documented, using some firsthand information as the author was in and out of South Africa for the entire time of Mandela’s public life, some written sources, and many interviews, some by the author, and media sources. Ur boken, citat av Mandela: Oct 24, Amanda 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.

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