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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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Mar 15, Diane Balcom rated it really liked it. 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 mandeka life.

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Reading about 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. Sadly my interested decreased dramatically once I left South Mmandela so my pace slooooooowed down. His success is partly due to his steadfast alliance with the ANC, his political party, and in large part due to the world economy’s reaction to apartheid.

Mandela also handled several situations extremely well Dec 19, Kt rated it it was ok Shelves: Dec 05, Connie Kronlokken added it. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use mandla Privacy Policy.

It came with a price, that of giving up his family for his country, which Mandela himself admits. And I read about pages and bailed on it. Sampson, who spent decades in South Africa as a journalist first met Nelson Mandela in and was given unprecedented access to Mandela’s papers and accounts of his time in jail in what is billed as an ‘authorized biography.


All that work, and more work, and not being able to achieve his dreams. One of the very few who exceeded the myth.

This brick of a biography provides a very comprehensive account of the political career of Nelson Bjography, his involvement in the ANC, and the anti-apartheid movement. 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.

Very well written and very detailed. But Sampson leaves out a hefty chunk of the political Mandela, focusing more on his personal life during these athony. I just couldn’t keep my interest up with reading sessions of minutes.

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.

Not likely to read this straight through because of its length, but I’m going to try. It’s fairly clean also, a few places where language is in quotes, but not in the text. He has been, without doubt, one of the most important figures in global history.

On that count I was terribly, terribly mistaken.

Non-violent with gobs of moral authority that lead his country peacefully out of apartheid and into democracy- and while some of that is true, what surprised me was that throughout the struggle against apartheid, Mandela and the ANC never renounced authorlzed use of violence.

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

Mandela: The Authorised Biography

Likewise there are no complete letters, and the longest quote runs for half a page. Not to be confused with Nelson Mandela: Incredibly human, very inspiring and full of varying perspectives, every person who reads this book will see Mandela with his achievements, failures, loyalties and shortcomings in a way that honors not only how Mandela influenced his nation and the world, but how his experiences in his struggle turned a naive tribal leader into a global leader who transcended politics, country and race.


The book is well researched and written. Preview — Mandela by Anthony Sampson.

Open Preview See a Problem? Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. 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 Boksburg, near Bioyraphy.

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

Early on Mandela seems 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.

Apr 27, Willy rated it liked it. I have always had the impression Nelson Mandela is an exception to that rule; and wondering why that is made me start reading this book. 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 anthpny but to never forget the grim reality of the situation.

It’s as if Sampson couldn’t make the decision of what to include and what to leave out, so he left it up to antyony reader to pick out the useful information.