The Authorized Biography

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Random House, Inc.
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.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Baker & Taylor
A fascinating authorized biography of South African leader Nelson Mandela by a long-time acquaintance draws on personal letters, documents, and interviews with hundreds of people to chronicle his rise from imprisoned victim of apartheid to South Africa's presidential palace. Reprint. 27,500 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, c2000
Edition: 1st Vintage Books ed
ISBN: 9780307814029
Characteristics: 1 online resource (765 p., [24] p. of plates) : ill


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Nov 01, 2011

For anyone seriously interested in South Africa, this is a superb book. After 600 pages, I only wanted the book to keep going and going as I traveled in South Africa in 2011. Sampson, a British journalist who worked for a time in South Africa, knew Mandela personally. He illuminates the very complex history of the man, the people, and the times, and brings the story to life with the passion that arose out of his own direct involvement.


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