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."
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