Rabble-Rouser for Peace: The Authorized Biography of Desmond Tutu

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Simon and Schuster, 3 okt. 2006 - 496 pagina's
South African journalist John Allen movingly captures Desmond Tutu’s life in a commanding story that sheds light on the struggles and triumphs leading up to Tutu’s Nobel Prize for his leadership in the resistance against apartheid in South Africa.

To be a rabble-rouser for peace may seem to be a contradiction in terms. And yet it is the perfect description for Desmond Tutu, Nobel laureate and spiritual father of a democratic South Africa. Tutu understood that justice—a genuine regard for human rights—is the only real foundation for peace. So, he stirred up trouble: courageously engaging in heated face-to-face confrontations with South Africa's leaders; he stirred up trouble in the streets, leading peaceful demonstrations amid the barely controlled fury of police battalions; he stirred up trouble on the world stage, seeking international disinvestment in the apartheid economy.

Tutu has led one of the great lives of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, and to read his story in full is to be reminded of the power of one inspired man to change history. In this authorized biography, written by John Allen, a distinguished journalist and longtime associate of Tutu, we are witnesses to courage, stirring oratory, and a demonstration of the power of faith to transform the seemingly intransigent. Through the author's personal experiences, total access to the Tutu family and their papers, and considerable research, including the use of new archival material, Allen tells the story of a barefoot schoolboy from a deprived black township who became an international symbol of the democratic spirit and of religious faith.
 

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Prologue
1
Child of Modern South Africa
9
Praise Poem to God
27
A Sense of Worth
41
Obvious Gifts of Leadership
55
A Breath of Fresh Air
79
Campus Parents
101
Transformation
123
Interim Leader
283
RollerCoaster Ride
315
A Proper Confrontation
341
International Icon
371
Epilogue
391
Glossary
397
Notes
401
Bibliography
439

Bloody Confrontation
141
The Jazz Conductor
167
A Fire Burning in My Breast
201
Our Brothers and Sisters
233
The Headmaster
263
Acknowledgments
445
Index
449
About the Author
483
Photo Credits
484
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John Allen is a South African journalist who served as director of communications for that country's groundbreaking Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and for Trinity Church, Wall Street, in New York. He is a former president of the South African Society of Journalists and has received awards in South Africa for defense of press freedom and in the United States for excellence in religious journalism. He helps manage Africa’s biggest news website, allAfrica.com.

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