The Authorized Portrait

eBook - 2006
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'What makes Mandela so special is that he's a real human being. . . . He's got a real life. And the fact that he is so flesh-and-blood real makes his greatness and his sacrifice and his wisdom and his courage in the face of all that has happened to him even more remarkable."-From the foreword by President Bill Clinton

Named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela has dedicated his life to fighting racism, segregation, oppression, and exploitation-and championing democracy, equality, and education.

Mandela: The Authorized Portrait celebrates the courage, determination, and remarkable humanity of a great man and chronicles his extraordinary contribution to humankind.

Much of the story in Mandela: The Authorized Portrait is told by those whose very lives he has touched. Drawing on 60 original and extensive interviews with family members, close friends, colleagues, and many of the world's leading figures in politics and entertainment, Mandela: The Authorized Portrait tells the inspirational story of an incredible man-from his birth and early childhood in rural South Africa and his involvement with and eventual leadership of the African National Congress through his 27-year imprisonment and eventual emergence as one of the world's notable leaders and most active agents for change.

This richly designed portrait features a foreword by former U.S. president Bill Clinton and an introduction by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. It is illustrated with 250 images and features material taken from private collections as well as the Nelson Mandela Foundation archive-some of it published here for the first time. Mandela: The Authorized Portrait features artifacts and facsimiles of Mandela's voluminous writings and correspondence-written records of his negotiations with the prison authorities, intimate letters to his family and friends during his imprisonment, and material from Mandela's personal diaries and calendars.

Mandela: The Authorized Portrait is one of the most lavishly illustrated and comprehensive tributes to Nelson Mandela's life and work ever produced.
Publisher: Kansas City, Mo. : Andrews McMeel Pub., 2006
ISBN: 9780740755729
Branch Call Number: 968.065092 Mande -M
Characteristics: 355 p. : ill. (some col.)


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May 03, 2015

This is a wonderful book from first page to last. However, it is an oddly structured book. Of its 41 chapters only six are devoted to President Mandela’s five years in office. These are as lively as any others in the book, but leave the reader hungering for more. The same number of chapters are devoted to the similar-length period between Mandela’s release from prison and his taking office.
The treatment of monetary policy in the book gives some idea of what was missed from this summary discussion of Mandela’s presidential term. (This is used as an example because it is one of my own interests.) Mr. Sampson notes that President Mandela reappointed Chris Stahl as Governor of the South African Reserve Bank, who emphasized controlling inflation, and that he appointed Tito Mboweni as his successor. A proper evaluation of monetary policy under President Mandela would surely have given his regime credit for laying the foundation for an IT regime, but would have criticized it for not having done a better job of it.

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