A survey of the life of Desmond Tutu describes his disadvantaged childhood in South Africa, his calls for peace during the worst years of apartheid at the side of Nelson Mandela, and his beliefs about such topics as AIDS and the war in Iraq.
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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.From Booklist:
"The Bible is dynamite . . . nothing could be more radical." For South Africa's famous Anglican Archbishop Tutu, the choice between prayer and social action is not an either-or proposition; "rather, prayer inevitably drove you off your knees into action." Much has been written about Tutu's role as head of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, where apartheid perpetrators came forward to confess and ask forgiveness, but the focus of this compelling biography by his longtime media secretary is on Tutu's dynamic leadership role in the apartheid resistance when those racist perpetrators were in power. The inside story of his life is also a gripping history of the fight for peaceful change. Tutu's passionate comments, whether he is meeting with world leaders to campaign for economic sanctions or defusing violent street battles at home, are both fierce and funny. But they can also be moving, as when he accepted the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize not for himself but for the millions of his people who had been uprooted and dumped as if they were rubbish. Hazel Rochman
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