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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. And so he stirred up trouble, courageously engaging in heated face-to-fa 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. And 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. We know in retrospect that the apartheid resistance movement was successful and that South Africa, though not without its problems, today faces an infinitely brighter future than it might if it had not been for the efforts of Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, and other leaders. But no such outcome was ever a certainty. 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. Allen personally observed how Tutu, at genuine risk to his own safety, repeatedly intervened between armed soldiers and stone-throwing students to keep the peace, how he faced constant death threats and angrily stood up to the leaders of the cruel apartheid system. Using his own faith as a cudgel, Tutu asked those officials to confront their own Christian background and made them reconcile their actions with their own professions of belief. Often through the sheer power of moral example and with a lyrical command of the English language, Tutu was able to appeal to the conscience of the world and to the emotions of an angry crowd in the streets. And then, when the battle for South African rights was finally won, it was Tutu who insisted on finding a path to forgive the former oppressors by strongly backing and serving on the unprecedented Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Today, the archbishop continues to appeal to the world's conscience by opposing the continuance of war and the inadequacy of the international response to the AIDS/HIV crisis sweeping Africa. He has led a life of commitment, one that continues to matter. John Allen has movingly captured the flavor and details of that life and marshaled them into a commanding story, one that sheds light on the struggles and triumphs of our times.


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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. And so he stirred up trouble, courageously engaging in heated face-to-fa 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. And 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. We know in retrospect that the apartheid resistance movement was successful and that South Africa, though not without its problems, today faces an infinitely brighter future than it might if it had not been for the efforts of Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, and other leaders. But no such outcome was ever a certainty. 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. Allen personally observed how Tutu, at genuine risk to his own safety, repeatedly intervened between armed soldiers and stone-throwing students to keep the peace, how he faced constant death threats and angrily stood up to the leaders of the cruel apartheid system. Using his own faith as a cudgel, Tutu asked those officials to confront their own Christian background and made them reconcile their actions with their own professions of belief. Often through the sheer power of moral example and with a lyrical command of the English language, Tutu was able to appeal to the conscience of the world and to the emotions of an angry crowd in the streets. And then, when the battle for South African rights was finally won, it was Tutu who insisted on finding a path to forgive the former oppressors by strongly backing and serving on the unprecedented Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Today, the archbishop continues to appeal to the world's conscience by opposing the continuance of war and the inadequacy of the international response to the AIDS/HIV crisis sweeping Africa. He has led a life of commitment, one that continues to matter. John Allen has movingly captured the flavor and details of that life and marshaled them into a commanding story, one that sheds light on the struggles and triumphs of our times.

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

  1. 5 out of 5

    Meagan Stott

    Desmond Tutu was the spiritual leader of a peaceful resistance to the Apartheid government in South Africa. I have respected his actions and have often considered him a person to look to in violent situations for a different approach to that violence. This book was a biography of Tutu. I thought that the book had valuable information, but the chapters were very long and there was an extreme amount of detail, that I did not find necessary. I appreciated the authors desire to tell all of Tutu's li Desmond Tutu was the spiritual leader of a peaceful resistance to the Apartheid government in South Africa. I have respected his actions and have often considered him a person to look to in violent situations for a different approach to that violence. This book was a biography of Tutu. I thought that the book had valuable information, but the chapters were very long and there was an extreme amount of detail, that I did not find necessary. I appreciated the authors desire to tell all of Tutu's life, but at times it was a little dry. I particularly appreciated the chapter pertaining to the TRC (the second to last chapter in the book). I felt this was the climax of the book, and was my favorite chapter. The life of Desmond Tutu is quite amazing, the writing of his life left a little to be desired.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sally McRogerson

    Desmond Tutu is one of my heroes so I'm not the most objective reviewer here! Having said that I so much wish that he had written his own life story. It may have been much more self-effacing than this but I spent much of the time I was reading the book wondering how anyone could take such an interesting life and make the reading of it so dull! All the facts are, I'm sure, accurate and it's such a riveting life that I wasn't tempted to abandon it at any point but it lacks zing! The author is a jo Desmond Tutu is one of my heroes so I'm not the most objective reviewer here! Having said that I so much wish that he had written his own life story. It may have been much more self-effacing than this but I spent much of the time I was reading the book wondering how anyone could take such an interesting life and make the reading of it so dull! All the facts are, I'm sure, accurate and it's such a riveting life that I wasn't tempted to abandon it at any point but it lacks zing! The author is a journalist so maybe should stick to writing pieces of 1500 words and leave the longer stuff to others.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tom

    A fascinating biography of an inspiring man. John Allen's writing here might not be the most exciting, but he clearly preferred to let Tutu's own statements and speeches (which are quoted quite frequently) speak for themselves, rather than to drown them in literary gilding. And he was quite right. From every page of this book emerges a picture of a person who, both by his experiences and by his faith, was moved to say and do quite extraordinary things. Tutu was very clearly instrumental in bring A fascinating biography of an inspiring man. John Allen's writing here might not be the most exciting, but he clearly preferred to let Tutu's own statements and speeches (which are quoted quite frequently) speak for themselves, rather than to drown them in literary gilding. And he was quite right. From every page of this book emerges a picture of a person who, both by his experiences and by his faith, was moved to say and do quite extraordinary things. Tutu was very clearly instrumental in bringing about the end of Apartheid, but what the later chapters show is exactly how involved Tutu was in ensuring that the new South Africa didn't erupt into violence and bloodshed.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lutfiya F

    In December 2008 I went to Spain for a soccer game although many will tell you that Barcelona vs Madrid is more than a soccer game. This book about a man who is so much more than an Archbishop was my holiday read. This book accompanied me exploring Spain and was a wonderful exploration of the history of my country. It was a hopeful book for a hopeful time. I remember the joy reading it on buses, discussing it with new friends in my tour-group and ultimately giving it to one of these new friends. In December 2008 I went to Spain for a soccer game although many will tell you that Barcelona vs Madrid is more than a soccer game. This book about a man who is so much more than an Archbishop was my holiday read. This book accompanied me exploring Spain and was a wonderful exploration of the history of my country. It was a hopeful book for a hopeful time. I remember the joy reading it on buses, discussing it with new friends in my tour-group and ultimately giving it to one of these new friends. It is a generous book about a generous man.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Suzy Espersen

    Selve Tutus historie er - naturligvis - spændende, og det var da også, hvad der fik mig til at kæmpe mig igennem bogen. Den er nemlig desværre ikke særligt velskrevet, hvilket må undre, eftersom forfatteren er Tutus tidligere pressesekretær. Han skriver usammenhængende og roder rundt i geografi og datoer, og passager er indimellem indforstået, hvilket er temmelig frustrerende for læseren. Det er svært at sige, om den er dårligt oversat, eller om oversætteren simpelt hen har haft et rædsomt mater Selve Tutus historie er - naturligvis - spændende, og det var da også, hvad der fik mig til at kæmpe mig igennem bogen. Den er nemlig desværre ikke særligt velskrevet, hvilket må undre, eftersom forfatteren er Tutus tidligere pressesekretær. Han skriver usammenhængende og roder rundt i geografi og datoer, og passager er indimellem indforstået, hvilket er temmelig frustrerende for læseren. Det er svært at sige, om den er dårligt oversat, eller om oversætteren simpelt hen har haft et rædsomt materiale at arbejde med.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sister

    Fantastic story of a deeply spiritual activist. It's clear from the book that his spirituality impels him to act. Sometimes I think the author engages in too much hero worship, as he rarely criticizes Rev. Tutu. Despite that flaw, his writing captures the energy of the institutionalization of apartheid and Rev. Tutu's role in dismantling it. I can imagine someone calling him a holy man, and his cackling laughter in response. I highly recommend! Fantastic story of a deeply spiritual activist. It's clear from the book that his spirituality impels him to act. Sometimes I think the author engages in too much hero worship, as he rarely criticizes Rev. Tutu. Despite that flaw, his writing captures the energy of the institutionalization of apartheid and Rev. Tutu's role in dismantling it. I can imagine someone calling him a holy man, and his cackling laughter in response. I highly recommend!

  7. 4 out of 5

    David A-S

    At a NYC Presbytery a few years ago, I saw the man. He softened our already praise-filled hearts with humor, then hit us with charge after charge presented with impish wisdom. The book is a very thorough construction of a life and context that brought him to our meeting: the caricature and the person, the legend and prophet, the contemplative and the celebrity.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    Dunno if I can count this as a "read" book since I could only make it about 1/6 of the way through. Just couldn't do it, with all its agonizing detail of this religious office and that religious office...bleh. Dunno if I can count this as a "read" book since I could only make it about 1/6 of the way through. Just couldn't do it, with all its agonizing detail of this religious office and that religious office...bleh.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Grady Ormsby

    Inspiring. Tutu is a liver of the Bodhisattva vow. He has a vision of what a compassionate world should be like and devotes his life to trying to made that happen. The book was also provided an interesting view of contemporary South African History.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Joel

    An incredible story of an incredible life.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kara

    Interesting, thorough, and well-written.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Amelia

    Maybe I'll come back to this one some day. It's not bad, and Desmond Tutu is an inspirational person, but I just couldn't ever get into this one . . . Maybe I'll come back to this one some day. It's not bad, and Desmond Tutu is an inspirational person, but I just couldn't ever get into this one . . .

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    I learned a lot about African history and geography, including the existence of a town named Stanger!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Baxter

    An incredible book about an incredible man.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Armelle

    great

  16. 4 out of 5

    Louise

    Quite lenghthy lots of political information but the human stories within are very emotional excellent a man with so much courage and beauty

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sidney Luckett

    An interesting insight into the humanity of Desmond Tutu ...I lived part of it

  18. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Desmond Tutu is a fascinating man and I did learn quite a bit from this book. It's strong on research, but weak on narrative structure though (the author obviously did a lot of research and packed a lot of it into the book!). Desmond Tutu is a fascinating man and I did learn quite a bit from this book. It's strong on research, but weak on narrative structure though (the author obviously did a lot of research and packed a lot of it into the book!).

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    Although this was not a fun read, it was an important read. I was in awe of Desmond Tutu before reading this book, and I am even more in awe of him afterwards. He is one of the founding fathers of my country and I long for the day when we are living up to his vision of what we can be.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    Bishop Tutu was as instrumental in changing South Africa from Apartheid to democracy with no civil war as Nelson Mandela was.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rushdan Rozlan

    Another important figure in the History of South African liberation. The author tells the upbringing of Tutu. His happy personality and how the different section in the African community united to fight the oppressor. the transition process from apartheid to the newly elected government. And what happened during the release of Nelson Mandela. Good book!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Yoshua

    Plenty of good details.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Patterson

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lester Mackenzie

  25. 4 out of 5

    John Murray

  26. 4 out of 5

    Chandler Carriker

  27. 5 out of 5

    Noel

  28. 5 out of 5

    Fezile Simelane

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kenneth Underwood

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mcebisi Mabuza

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