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Mandela: The Authorized Biography Paperback – September 12, 2000
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Top Customer Reviews
It is the more regrettable since Mr. Mandela abandoned his own memoir The The Presidential Years, so anyone who reads both Mandela: The Authorised Biography and Long Walk to Freedom will know a lot about how Mr. Mandela came to be president, but little about what he did when he got there.
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.) Nelson Mandela was released from prison in February 1990, the same month that the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) formally became the world's first central bank with an inflation-targeting (IT) regime. Before President Mandela left office, all of the countries of the Old Commonwealth except for South Africa itself had adopted IT regimes, Canada in 1991, the United Kingdom in 1992, and Australia in 1998.
As Mr. Sampson makes clear, President Mandela did renew Chris Stahl as governor of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB), who concentrated on fighting inflation without formally declaring an IT regime. He also notes that President Mandela appointed Tito Mboweni as his successor, whose trade unionist background concerned the white business community.Read more ›
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I wanted a part of history, and I got it. I haven't completed the book yet, but it is very informative.Published on February 18, 2014 by WILMA GILL
Excellent! Mandella had to be an extraordinary human being, beyond what we already knew, to have survived all those years of imprisionment without becoming bitter and vindictive at... Read morePublished on February 13, 2014 by Emily Chant
Anthony Sampson's "Mandela" is one of the best biographies ever written! This book, together with Mandela's "Long Walk to Freedom," should be read by every person alive. Read morePublished on November 28, 2008 by Savo Heleta
What an amazing life this man had. He was born on the rural plains in South Africa.. His father was absent due to forced circumstances. Read morePublished on January 12, 2001 by ladyjusticia
The author obviously knows a great deal about Mandela and South Africa. However, there is so much detail that I found the book just deadening over time. Read morePublished on June 1, 2000