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Mandela: The Authorized Biography Paperback – 1 Sep 2000

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  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Books (Sept. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679781781
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679781783
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 3.6 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,560,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A lively, informative, often moving account of one of the century's most extraordinary lives." --"The Boston Globe"
"A truly heroic story of the founder of a nation, a man of shrewdness, humanity and simplicity whose power came not from military conquest, but from moral authority." --"Chicago Tribune"
"The triumph of Mandela is that it successfully demythologizes the man without in any way undermining his heroic stature." --"The New York Times Book Review"
"Sampson has created a work of astounding breadth." --"Newsday"

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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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Sampson manages to produce a complete account of Mandelas lng and eventful life, giving an understanding of his rise to power and awe in which he is held across not just South Africa but the World. At the same time we see enough of Mandela as a fallible person and a wily politician who was not afraid to take difficult decisions and behave like we expect most politicians to do, not ike the untouchable figure of myth. Though the book in many cases covers far more than merely what happened to him, it describes the struggle as a whole, which at the end is necessary to fully understand the an himself. A brilliant book that anyone with an interest in South Africa should read.
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