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Nelson Mandela's courageous victory over the forces of hatred and oppression is one of the century's most inspiring stories; now, in Mandela: The Authorized Biography, that tale is told in its entirety. Anthony Sampson, Publishers Weekly reports, "manages to give readers a flawed, flesh-and-blood Mandela who is infinitely more interesting -- and more admirable for being real -- than the myth."
 

About the Author

Anthony Sampson is a distinguished British journalist, the author of nearly twenty books, including Anatomy of Britain, The Seven Sisters, and Company Man. His connection with South Africa dates back to the 1950s, when he was editor of the black magazine Drum in Johannesburg and first met Nelson Mandela. He has visited and reported from the country many times since.
 
Published January 1, 1999 by Alfred A. Knopf. New York.
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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Perhaps no living historical figure, with the possible exception of Pope John Paul II, enjoys the worldwide honor and affection accorded Nelson Mandela. All the more remarkable, then, that Sampson, wh

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""The prison years are often portrayed as a long hiatus in the midst of Mandela's political career,"" Sampson writes, ""but I see them as the key to his development, transforming the headstrong activist into the reflective and self-disciplined world statesman."" As Sampson sees it, this transform...

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Mandela reported he did not consider himself a peacemaker or a unifier but instead saw them as roles to be played (Mandela Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela 488).

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