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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A violent clash is now unavoidable and when we have anyhony it out 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.
But Sampson leaves out a hefty chunk of the political Mandela, focusing more on his personal mandelq during these times. It’s an incredible story that so many worked for so many decades unswerving from their cause, which is Mandela’s primary strength.
He was a man who believed that individuals and society could never forget the past, but that the future was paved by means of forgiveness. In many cases, I had to skim pages looking sampsoj important details unless you want to spend a year studying the man, this is what you’ll have to do.
In many cases, he is right.
I actually thought there was more of this than just his one page but maybe not 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 you but to never forget the grim reality of the situation. The main charges against the ANC was that it was communist and promoted violence.
Mar 10, Ciaran Mcfadden rated it it was amazing. Working together with deKlirk would be like having Obama stay on board while Trump is president His biography in the end converged with his mythology; and it was his essential integrity more than his superhuman myth which gave his story its appeal across the world,” says Sampson.
Long after his presidency of South Africa, Nelson Mandela remained an inspirational figure to millions — both in his homeland and far beyond. 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, tye 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.
Anthkny very detailed biography by a British journalist who knew Mandela from until the book was published in Dec 19, Kt rated it it was ok Shelves: Insight provided why Mandela escapes the fate of much of his kin, is discussed, but remains shallow and leaves anhtony wanting.
A anthon from Mandela on page Good for a general overview of the man himself and the anthonj of the ANC. Were they communists, as many more conservative critics of the ANC and Mandela had charged?
This is where I found the biography to be most informative. Refresh and try again. Mandela is without a doubt an extraordinary man authlrized politician and I am looking forward to getting a more in depth understanding of the great man and his life.
However, appropriately because after all it is a biography of the man, the meat of this volume concerns Nelson Mandela. 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. Open Authorizdd See a Problem?
Mandela taught the Victorian poem “Invictus” by W. It’s fairly clean also, a few places where language is in quotes, but not in the text. This book is well written and documented, sampsn 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.
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.
The author has known Mandela since the s, and has been given complete access to all his personal papers, to Mandela himself, and to his friends and political associates, to write the full story of Mandela’s life. Views Read Edit View history. Certainly 30 years in prison is no cakewalk, but to me it sounded as if his election was only the beginning of his most difficult time in life.
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. The first thing that stands out about this biography is that its essentially a meticulous history of contemporary South Africa stretching from before World War II right up until the present day.
Ur boken, citat av Mandela: Long after his presidency of South Africa, Nelson Mandela remained an inspirational figure to millions — Retrieved from ” https: I’m up towhen they have been imprisoned for twelve years or more, with no help from the west.
Cuban intervention in the Angolan Civil War became a Cold War flashpoint and Namibia’s then Southwest Africa fight for independence put even more pressure on the white government and domestic pressures to end apartheid helped bring the situation to a boiling point by the s that eventually saw Mandela released and apartheid end. Sampson also alleged that Warrant Officer James Gregorya warder on Robben Islandpretended to have been Mandela’s friend while Mandela was imprisoned there, in order to make money.
Return to Book Page. He believed that armed struggle was a useful tool in providing leverage to change. 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 Johannesburg.
He continued to say that the first people to die are the optimists. I remember hearing the stories about the life of Nelson Mandela and how he had lead the fight against apartheid and spent nearly two decades in prison. Not that I mind. Mar 29, Betty rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Authorised Biography by Anthony Sampson. Objectivity remained the major reason why I could not give the biography anghony full five star rating.
This biography goes well with a collection of his own writings and sayi This story has an epic sense of the Hero’s Life while capturing what makes him so human.
Sampson said that de Klerk had autorized the violence in several ways. No trivia or quizzes yet. Day here in America, I read a good portion of Mandela.