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 just couldn’t keep my interest up with reading sessions of minutes. While no one should expect a detailed political analysis in a biography, leaving out those details leaves behind a serious part of Nelson Mandella. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

According to Sampson, the close relationship depicted in Gregory’s book Goodbye Bafana was a fabrication, and in reality Gregory rarely spoke to Mandela. He wrote, “A white man, full of prejudice and hate, came to our country and committed a deed so foul that our whole nation now teeters on the brink of disaster. 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.

More of a character study would have been appropriate. Dec 05, Connie Kronlokken added it. Herein lie the importance and genius of Nelson Mandela. January 17, just passed the halfway mark, making progress. Dec 19, Kt rated it it was ok Shelves: Yesterday being Martin Luther King, Jr. Want to Read saving…. A Biography or Long Walk to Freedom. One of the very few who exceeded the myth. It is never my custom to use words lightly. What I also found interesting was his relationship with Winnie and his actual attempt at governance after he endured so much.

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.


The Authorised Biography, p. In the late s Anthony Sampson spent maneela years in Johannesburg editing the black magazine Drum, an experience which led to a lifelong fascination with South African politics.

I realized that I don’t know very much about Mr. As terrorist groups go, the ANC was far from what I would call successful, never really being able to mount a sustained campaign within South Africa’s borders. I remember South Africa’s first post-apartheid elections in To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

One of my concerns, however, was whether Sampson could biogrqphy an objective analysis of Mandela, the ANC African National Congressand those who surrounded and influenced the future South African president especially his controversial second wife, Winnie. 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.

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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. However, appropriately because after all it is a biography of the man, the meat of this volume concerns Nelson Mandela. 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.

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.

Jul 27, Tom Nixon rated it it was amazing. 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.

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The book was fascinating at all times of Mandela’s life from start to finish. Sadly my interested decreased dramatically once I left South Africa so my pace slooooooowed down. The result is an authoritative biography of one of the greatest men of the 20th century.


To ask other readers questions about Mandelaplease sign up. The reader gains a great understanding of Mandela’s early life, the values underlying his political work and the sacrifices he made to achieve the defeat of apartheid in S. But back to Mandela. He believed tbe armed struggle was a useful tool in providing leverage to change.

Mandela: The Authorised Biography

Mandela had himself made these criticisms in Long Walk to Freedombut Sampson also broached new topics. It’s a complex issue, involving many diverse samson and political groups and I’m sure it will take me many more years of reading to attain that ‘slight hint of knowledge’. 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. It’s a fascinating subject.

Oct 24, Amanda rated it really liked it. After his release, the book describes his small fall from mythical to human. Objectivity remained the major reason why I could not give the biography a full five star rating. His use of dialog and reconciliation is stunning. An excellent book, well written and showing that Mandela was not alone in bringing about change in South Africa.

This book gives a comprehensive account of Mandela’s political career, his role in the ANC and the S. Anthony Sampson documents Mandela’s life in startling detail, which in some cases is the problem.

He died in In prison, he gained the respect and trust of fellow prisoners as well as guards and wardens.