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“The history of the long fight to end apartheid in South Africa had many heroes but none quite like a 5-foot-4 Anglican archbishop with an impish sense of humor who became a giant irritant to the white authorities. . . . Tutu was the moral voice of South Africa’s anti-apartheid movement. He held no official position with any party and still doesn’t. With flowing religious robes as his only shield, he bluntly challenged successive white governments to end apartheid, skillfully led the nation’s post-apartheid efforts at reconciliation and later stood up to black leaders when they edged away from the democratic principles they purported to espouse. . . . Those and other moments in the life of the anti-apartheid crusader and 1984 Nobel Peace Prize recipient get heroic treatment in Tutu: Authorized, an unapologetic fan book . . . a high-gloss keepsake filled with historical photographs, pages of Tutu’s quotable quotes and dozens of vignette-style remembrances from the global luminaries.” (Nelson Mandela)

“Archbishop Tutu has the ability to see our shared humanity in each person he meets, and to get us to do the same.” (Bill Clinton)

“One thing I have learned from him . . . is that he has that constant and persistent faith that things can be better and we can do something about it. We should not find excuses not to act or not to speak out.” (Kofi Annan, former secretary-general of the United Nations and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001)

“Emotionally and mentally Bishop Tutu and I are very close. I call him my spiritual older brother. . . . He is a freedom fighter, but the fight is carried on with compassion, forgiveness, and a commitment to nonviolence. He is a wonderful person.” (His Holiness the Dala i Lama)

“He has become a symbol of kindness and hope far beyond the borders of his native land.” (President Barack Obama)

“He was not just an anti-apartheid worker. . . . He was somebody who had thought very deeply about spiritual values and had applied them to what he was doing. In some ways that reminded me of Gandhi.” (Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize)

“Moments in the life of the anti-apartheid crusader and Nobel Peace Prize recipient get heroic treatment in Tutu: Authorized, . . . a high-gloss keepsake filled with historical photographs, pages of Tutu’s quotable quotes and dozens of vignette-style remembrances from the global luminaries” (L.A. Times)

“A wonderful scrapbook of the incredible life and ministry of the Anglican Archbishop and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu, prepared in celebration of his 80th Birthday.” (Spirituality and Practice)

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Tutu: Authorized is a celebration of the life of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, an icon whose humanity and compassion has touched millions of lives around the world. Born in Klerksdorp, South Africa, Desmond Tutu was ordained as an Anglican priest in 1960. He vigorously opposed apartheid and has dedicated his life to fighting all forms of oppression, advocating nonviolence, peaceful reconciliation, and social justice for all.

This extraordinary book features an authorized biography by legendary South African journalist Allister Sparks and includes never-before-seen interviews by Archbishop Tutu’s daughter, Reverend Mpho A. Tutu, with historical figures who witnessed Tutu’s life and worked alongside him, such as Nelson Mandela, Bill Clinton, the Dalai Lama, Kofi Annan, Bono, and Sir Richard Branson, as well as intimate and poignant interviews with his wife, family, and closest friends. Complemented by an unprecedented collection of images and unpublished artifacts drawn from Tutu’s private files, this is a phenomenal story of one man’s extraordinary life and work and will be treasured by all who read it for years to come.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062087991
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062087997
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,056,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The authorized biography of Desmond Tutu is an interesting read. I've had this one on my to read list for quite a while, as I've been fascinated by Tutu's achievements and his ideology. While it partly lived up to my expectations, on the whole I found this a very frustrating read, due, I suspect, to competing agendas on the part of it's co-authors. On one hand, perhaps reflecting the influence of Mpho Tutu, Desmond Tutu's daughter, the book reads as a glowing tribute to Tutu. At the end of each chapter there are reflections from friends, family and iconic figures who are lavish praise on Tutu. I suspect that these sit a bit more naturally in the print version of the book, but in the kindle version they loom oddly from the midst of a chronological telling of Tutu's life. Allister Sparks, for his part, inserts biographical information that is of interest to him. While for most of the book he delivers an even-handed rendering of Tutu's life, when he reaches the time of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Sparks goes into considerable detail to recount the activities of the TCR, often beyond Tutu's involvement. This book reinforced my interest in Tutu, but I think I will have to look further afield to find a book that really gives me what I'm looking for.
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By SPH on March 22, 2013
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Very interesting and important if a little sweeter perhaps as the daughter clearly sees the positives about her father. He is a wonderful man whom we need to listen to much more!!! Has done much good for the world! I don't understand why the library here doesn't even have a copy!!!
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This is a political history of South Africa in the mid 80s to the famous Truth and Reconciliation hearings. Historical details however are thin, while political history is laid on thickly. For details such as mine workers conditions, conditions of Robben Island Prison, standard experiences in the life of a black South African during this period, look elsewhere. For a description of racial violence committed in the course of protests, rallies and police actions, this is your book.
The portrait of a spiritual leader requires that you read the main narrative as well as the many testimonials written by famous men who knew Tutu. Few women were interviewed for the making of this book, which is unfortunate. However, if you liked the TV series "West Wing" and you are interested in the anti-apartheid movement and want to go deeper, this biography will do it for you, opening up the workd of the Anglican Church as a radical organization, the role of the church in resistance, and the private letters of F.W. De Klerk and other infamous individuals. A good read!
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