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Mandela: The Authorized Biography (1999)

af Anthony Sampson

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Nelson Mandela, who emerged from twenty-six years of political imprisonment to lead South Africa out of apartheid and into democracy, is perhaps the world's most admired leader, a man whose life has been led with exemplary courage and inspired conviction. Now Anthony Sampson, who has known Mandela since 1951 and has been a close observer of South Africa's political life for the last fifty years, has produced the first authorized biography, the most informed and comprehensive portrait to date of a man whose dazzling image has been difficult to penetrate. With unprecedented access to Mandela's private papers (including his prison memoir, long thought to have been lost), meticulous research, and hundreds of interviews--from Mandela himself to prison warders on Robben Island, from Walter Sisulu and Oliver Tambo to Winnie Mandela and F. W. de Klerk, and many others intimately connected to Mandela's story--Sampson has composed an enlightening and necessary story of the man behind the myth.… (mere)
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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. Anthony Sampson is stronger cataloguing the earlier part of Mandela's career, when I believe he had more first-hand knowledge of events; I got the sense he was eliding quite a bit in his look at Mandela's political career and personal life after his release from prison. Painful passages in Mandela's life are mentioned but not really assessed in depth. I'm also still not sure I got much of a sense of Mandela as a person, as opposed to Mandela the politician, though I can't quite decide if that was a function of Sampson as biographer or of Mandela's own tendency towards reserve. Still, for all that Sampson was a friend of Mandela and this is an authorised work, this isn't quite a hagiography, and is a very readable account of a fascinating life. ( )
  siriaeve | Mar 11, 2018 |
Love anything about Mandela or Aoartheid, Was perhaps a bit disappointing in chapters however still a good read ( )
  Tony2704 | Mar 15, 2015 |
On page 382
  mrbirb | Jun 19, 2010 |
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Nelson Mandela, who emerged from twenty-six years of political imprisonment to lead South Africa out of apartheid and into democracy, is perhaps the world's most admired leader, a man whose life has been led with exemplary courage and inspired conviction. Now Anthony Sampson, who has known Mandela since 1951 and has been a close observer of South Africa's political life for the last fifty years, has produced the first authorized biography, the most informed and comprehensive portrait to date of a man whose dazzling image has been difficult to penetrate. With unprecedented access to Mandela's private papers (including his prison memoir, long thought to have been lost), meticulous research, and hundreds of interviews--from Mandela himself to prison warders on Robben Island, from Walter Sisulu and Oliver Tambo to Winnie Mandela and F. W. de Klerk, and many others intimately connected to Mandela's story--Sampson has composed an enlightening and necessary story of the man behind the myth.

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