Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

The Authorised Biography

Book - 1999
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Blackwell North Amer
The life of Nelson Mandela, from the personal and the global perspective, is one of the epic stories of the twentieth century. It is also one of the most inspiring. Twenty years ago. Mandela was an almost forgotten figure languishing in jail on Robben Island; today, as he leaves office as President of South Africa, he is one of the most widely admired leaders on earth.
By giving Anthony Sampson unprecedented access to 27 years' worth of unpublished correspondence from prison, as well as to other unpublished writings including his original, suppressed, autobiography, Mandela has enabled the author to write the most comprehensive account of his life to date.
The book provides many new insights into Mandela's story. It shows how British and American diplomats cold-shouldered him before he went to jail; how he foresaw the need for free enterprise in a statement which communists suppressed; how his colleagues dreaded that he was selling out to the government in his last years in jail; how British right-wingers encouraged the Zulu Chief Buthelezi in his war against the ANC; and how Mandela trusted P. W. Botha while distrusting F. W. de Klerk.

Publisher: London : HarperCollins, 1999
ISBN: 9780002558297
Characteristics: 500 p., [24] p. of plates : ill ; 24 cm


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