The Authorised Biography

Book - 1999
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The author has known Mandela since the 1950s, and has been given complete access to all his personal papers, to Mandela himself, his friends and political associates, to write the full story of Mandela's life. In addition to covering his years before, during and after his incarceration, the author assesses Mandela's impact as President on South Africa and the world. He also reveals many features of the apartheid system that have hitherto been hidden, and describes the changing attitudes of big business to the ANC and to Mandela himself. The result is an authoritative biography of one of the greatest men of the 20th century.
Publisher: London : HarperCollins, 1999.
ISBN: 9780002558297
Characteristics: xxvi, 678 p. :,ill., ports. ;,24 cm.


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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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