Mandela

Mandela

The Authorized Biography

Book - 1999
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Baker & Taylor
A biography of the South African leader 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 president

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Presents a complete biography of the South African leader who has become a symbol of the triumph over apartheid, drawing on 27 years' worth of unpublished correspondence from prison and the original draft of Mandela's prison autobiography, and on interviews with virtually every significant living figure associated with Mandela, from his ex- wife Winnie to former president F. W. de Klerk. Covers the prison period and Mandela's transformation from headstrong activist to skilled statesman, and discusses troubled relations with British and American diplomats and political infighting between anti-apartheid factions. The author is a distinguished British journalist. His connection with South Africa dates back to the 1950s, when he was editor of the black magazine Drum in Johannesburg. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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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. 75,000 first printing. Tour.

Publisher: New York : Knopf, c1999
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780375400193
0375400192
Branch Call Number: B MAN
Characteristics: xxvi, 672 p. : ill. ; 25 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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