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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 Tutus daughter, Reverend Mpho A. Tutu, with historical figures who witnessed Tutus 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 Complemented by an unprecedented collection of images and unpublished artifacts drawn from Tutus private files, this is a phenomenal story of one mans extraordinary life and work and will be treasured by all who read it for years to come.
Commemorating Desmond Tutu's eightieth birthday, this stirring biography commemorates the life, philosophy, faith, and achievements of one of the greatest moral heroes of our time. Written by Allister Sparks, Tutu: Authorized featuring contributions from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, President Barack Obama, and Nelson Mandela, as well as interviews given by Reverend Mpho Tutu, Desmond Tutus daughter, to world leaders and public figures including Hillary Clinton, Kofi Annan, Jimmy Carter, Bono, Richard Branson, and F.W. de Klerk. A stirring exploration and graphically rich presentation of one of the worlds most inspirational and altruistic figures, Tutu: Authorized overflows with illuminating revelations about Tutus life and resonates with insights into how we can each work to improve peace, fairness, and happiness in the world around us.
About the Author
Allister Sparks has been a friend to Desmond Tutu for many decades. He was editor of the Rand Daily Mail
and South African correspondent for The Washington Post
, The Observer
(London), NRC Handelsblad
, and The Economist
. He was named International Editor of the Year by World Press Review
magazine and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting of racial unrest in South Africa during 1985. In 1992 Sparks founded the Institute for Advanced Journalism to upgrade the standard of journalism in South Africa.
The Reverend Mpho A. Tutu is currently the executive director of The Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation.