Mandela: The Authorised Biography

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HarperCollins UK, Aug 18, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 704 pages

Widely considered to be the most important biography of Nelson Mandela, Antony Sampson’s remarkable book has been updated with an afterword by acclaimed South African journalist, John Battersby.

Long after his presidency of South Africa, Nelson Mandela remained an inspirational figure to millions – both in his homeland and far beyond. He has been, without doubt, one of the most important figures in global history. His death, on 5 December 2013 at the age of 95, resonated around the world.

Mandela’s opposition to apartheid and his 27 year incarceration at the hands of South Africa’s all-white regime are familiar to most. In this utterly compelling book, eminent biographer Anthony Sampson draws on a fifty year-long relationship to reveal the man who rocked a continent – and changed its future.

With unprecedented access to the former South African president – the letters he wrote in prison, his unpublished jail autobiography, extensive conversations, and interviews with hundreds of colleagues, friends, and family – Sampson depicts the realities of Mandela’s private and public life, and the tragic tension between them. Updated after Sampson’s death with a new afterword by distinguished South African journalist John Battersby, this is the ultimate biography of one of the twentieth century’s greatest statesmen.

 

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A comprehensive treatment of the life of the South African political prisoner, martyr, and president by journalist Sampson (Company Man: The Rise and Fall of Corporate Life, 1995, etc.), a long-time ... Read full review

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Sampson, a prolific British journalist, has written a richly detailed hymn of praise to the famed South African freedom fighter. While asserting that Mandela is hardly perfect, as his official ... Read full review

Contents

19181934
3
19631964
181
19641971
203
19711976
226
19621976
246
19641976
258
19761978
273
19761982
283
57
468
87
475
Election
476
Governing
495
The Glorified Perch
506
Forgiving
520
Withdrawing
534
Graca
546

19771980
301
19781982
311
19821985
324
19861988
345
19831988
358
19871989
373
19891990
381
19901999
405
Myth and Man
407
Revolution to Cooperation
422
Third Force
436
Exit Winnie
446
Negotiating
456
Mandelas World
554
Mandelas Country
568
Image and Reality
579
SOURCE NOTES
587
103
589
116
599
140
609
160
615
226
622
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
632
INDEX
645
246
659
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About the author (2011)

In the late 1950s Anthony Sampson spent four years in Johannesburg editing the black magazine Drum, an experience which led to a lifelong fascination with South African politics. He was on the staff of the Observer in the 1960s and his bestselling books have been translated into over 15 languages. He died in 2004.

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