Mandela: The Authorized Biography

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jan 11, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 736 pages
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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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MANDELA: The Authorized Biography

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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


31Exit Winnie
35The Glorified Perch

5Nationalists vs Communists19501951
7Lawyer and Revolutionary19521954
8The Meaning of Freedom19531956
9Treason and Winnie19561957
10Dazzling Contender19571959
11The Revolution That Wasnt1960
13Last Fling1962
14Crime and Punishment19631964
PART II19641990
15Master of My Fate19641971
16Steeled and Hardened19711976
17Lady into Amazon19621976
18The Shadowy Presence19641976
19Black Consciousness19761978
20Prison Charisma19761982
21A Family Apart19771980
22Prison Within a Prison19781982
25The Lost Leader19831988
26Something Horribly Wrong19871989
27Prisoner vs President19891990
PART III19901999
28Myth and Man
29Revolution to Cooperation
30Third Force
39Mandelas World
40Mandelas Country
41Image and Reality
28 Myth and Man
29 Revolution to Cooperation
30 Third Force
31 Exit Winnie
32 Negotiating
33 Election
34 Governing
35 The Glorified Perch
36 Forgiving
37 Withdrawing
38 Graša
39 Mandelas World
40 Mandelas Country
41 Image and Reality
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Anthony Sampson is a British journalist and author of nearly twenty books.

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